Roger Teal was lost for words after Tip Two Win finished second at 50-1 in the Qipco 2000 Guineas behind Saxon Warrior.
While never looking likely to catch the impressive Aidan O’Brien-trained winner, the moneyspinning Dark Angel colt finished in front of some choicely-bred youngsters in the Newmarket feature.
Two valuable races in Doha were won in the winter and he looked a real battle-hardened performer when swooping down the outside to beaten just a length and a half.
“I can’t put it into words. I’m pinching myself,” said Teal.
“I was trying to watch it out the front, but I didn’t bring my binoculars so all I could see was his white breast girth.
“When he came out of the dip I thought ‘oh my God’ – I’d got a chance of winning the Guineas and then he flashed by me. I was about 50 yards from the line.
“It’s amazing. We knew we had a decent animal. He was only a 50-1 shot because he was trained by me.
“It’s just a proud moment for us and I’m delighted for Anne (Cowley, owner).”
He added: “We entered him for the St James’s Palace Stakes (at Royal Ascot), so I guess it will be that or the Jersey.
“We’ll just get over today and digest it and see what happens.”
Charlie Appleby’s Masar was sent off the 5-2 favourite but could only finish third. He now has the Investec Derby firmly in his sights.
The trainer said: “He lost nothing in defeat there. He has progressed with every run. William (Buick) was very happy that he got into a nice rhythm there. He said he just felt when they quickened up he just lacked that turn of foot.
“If you’d told me five weeks ago he’d be third in the Guineas I’d have been very pleased.
“He is a horse with a Derby pedigree and that’s where we will head now, all being well.”
Buick said: “It was a really good run, he’s grown up mentally and did everything right.
“The race developed away from us in the middle and I’d like to watch a replay before saying too much, but I felt it was a fair-run Guineas – take nothing away from the winner.”
Looking to Epsom, he said: “He’s a horse who might get further and he’s a great athlete. He’s very well balanced, so I don’t see Epsom causing him problems.”
Mark Johnston’s Elarqam lost his unbeaten record back in fourth and is another now likely to step up in trip.
“It’s not a bad run, we came wanting to win so it’s a little bit of a downer, but we’ll take that in the Guineas,” said Johnston.
“I said all along he was a little bit inexperienced. We beat the second horse last year, but he’s had three or four runs since and we’ve only had a racecourse gallop.
“At the point in the race he needed a turn of foot, he just dwelt, which is not the mark of a true miler.
“It may be inexperience, but first impression is he needs further, so more Dante than St James’s Palace next.”