Another Batt showed plenty of guts in defying top weight in the Abbey Logistics Handicap to enable footballer Charlie Austin to come out on top in the battle of the footballers at Chester.
The Southampton striker is a member of winning owners Excel Racing, while former England star Michael Owen is the owner of Dragons Tail, who made a bold bid from the front.
Down in class, the George Scott-trained Another Batt (5-1 joint-favourite) looked like he would go away to win comfortably, but Dragons Tail stuck to his task gamely, only going down by a neck.
Scott said: “He wears his heart on his sleeve and is wonderful to train.
“He deserved a chance in this grade, he had the perfect draw and Silvestre (de Sousa) is made for him.
“There are valuable races at Goodwood and Haydock for him and then at Ascot it will either be the Britannia or the Jersey, I would think.”