Key Victory showed a smart turn of foot to beat stablemate Old Persian in the Havana Gold Newmarket Stakes.
In providing trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey William Buck with the third leg of a four-timer on the day, Key Victory added to his unbeaten record.
Despite becoming a little unbalanced in the dip, once the 5-4 favourite hit the rising ground he quickened in the style of a horse sure to go on to better things, winning by a length and a quarter.
“He ran as we expected, his homework was very good and the two work together at home so we thought that would be the order they’d come home,” said Appleby.
“When he broke his maiden he was exactly the same, a bit green in the dip but when he hit the rising ground he came home strongly.
“He’s found plenty when needed and they’ve pulled nicely clear, they are two smart horses.
“Trip-wise it will be interesting what William says, I don’t think we need to go further than 10 furlongs yet. He’s a horse with a bright future.”
He added: “Something like the French Derby might suit as that means he can stay over 10 furlongs. If he does stay further then he’s in the Irish Derby, but there’s the Eclipse to think about, too.
“Old Persian will definitely step up to a mile and a half as that will be his forte.”
Earlier, Tribal Quest had landed the Hot Streak Handicap for Appleby and Buick, adding to the opening-race triumph of the pair with Oasis Charm, while Symbolization (7-4) completed a great afternoon in the concluding Qipco Racing Welfare Handicap.