Legends of War showed why he commanded such a lofty price tag in the sales ring as he turned the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes into a procession on his debut at Yarmouth.
Having cost owners Qatar Racing Limited 900,000 guineas at the breeze-ups, the son of Scat Daddy paid a small slice of it back when taking a giant step towards an outing at Royal Ascot with an emphatic success in the six-furlong prize.
One of a number of horses in with a chance at the two-furlong pole, the John Gosden-trained 2-1 chance quickly scorched clear under Oisin Murphy before crossing the line four lengths clear of favourite San Donato.
Gosden said: “He is a lovely horse and has done everything right at home. They’ve put this race on and we thought we would come here and support it.
“He will learn a lot from that, as he was a little green, but he came through well. It was a pretty decent race, I think.
“He is very relaxed at home and picks up well on the gallops. He is a pleasure to be around and has got a great mind on him for a horse that has had a breeze-up preparation.
“It is Scat Daddy’s last crop, so when you find a good one they will be a collector’s item.”
The winner was introduced at 6-1 for the Coventry Stakes by Paddy Power, with RaceBets going 10-1 behind 9-4 favourite Sergei Prokofiev, who is trained by Aidan O’Brien.
Gosden added: “I think we must think of the Coventry Stakes now, but let’s see how he is over the next 10 days.”
Warren Greatrex celebrated a winner on the day he said farewell to 2015 World Hurdle winner Cole Harden after Bailarico (4-6) obliged in the Seadell Chalets Of Hemsby Handicap, giving the trainer a first success at the seaside circuit.
Edward Greatrex, son and winning rider, said: “I didn’t really want to be there that soon, but he travelled really good and I knew he would stay every yard.”
On Cole Harden, who has joined the Greatwood charity, he added: “He is a lovely old horse and a yard favourite. He had his problems, but dad did fantastic with him.”
Stuart Williams will be hoping he can enjoy a clear run with Lalania (3-1), who initiated a brace for Silvestre de Sousa in the Vauxhall Holiday Park of Great Yarmouth Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
Williams said: “She ran a nice race first time out here last year, then we just had a lot of niggly problems with her. She was a little bit keen in the stalls last time as she was just a bit fresh.”
The Norfolk air appears to bring the best out of Sean O’Casey (5-4), with the son of Galileo making it two wins from as many visits to the track in completing a double for champion jockey De Sousa in the Racing Welfare Handicap.
Winning trainer Mick Appleby said: “Silvestre gets on well with him and he seems to like it here. The plan is to go summer jumping as he jumps really well.”
Enigmatic (8-1) finished with a flourish to make his stable debut for Alan Bailey a winning one in the Great Yarmouth & Caister Gold Club Handicap.
Assistant trainer Joe Parr said: “He had a tendency to over-race and we’ve worked hard to get him to settle and race properly at the right end.
“Mr Milner is a new owner as well and that was important for his first runner to go well. He has surprised us, as we didn’t know what to expect.”