Crack On Crack On defied a notable late market drift out to 7-1 to win the valuable Amix Silver Bowl Handicap at Haydock.
The overnight favourite was slowly away, just like he had been when winning at Lingfield last time out, but the Clive Cox-trained three-year-old possesses a potent turn of foot.
David Probert brought him with a strong run down the centre of the track to beat the Richard Fahey duo of Completion and Crownthorpe by a length and a quarter and a length and three-quarters.
“We’ll just take it step by step with him,” said Cox.
“We’ve been thinking of the Britannia at Royal Ascot for a while, but this was a lovely race to pick up on the way – it’s a big race in its own right.
“He’s a very talented horse.”
William Haggas’ The Grand Visir got his career back on track with a gutsy display in the Amix Ready Mixed Concrete Handicap.
A son of Frankel, he relished the two-mile trip and now has Royal Ascot in his sights.
“He’s not up to the Gold Cup, but he might go for the Ascot Stakes if the owners want to go. If not, the Northumberland Plate is another option,” said Haggas.
“We’ve been riding him wrong, this long straight today suited him well.”
Classical Times reaped the benefit of a good comeback run to take the Listed honours in the British Stallions Studs Cecil Frail (Fillies & Mares) Stakes.
Peter Chapple-Hyam’s four-year-old had finished clear second best behind the highly-progressive Pretty Baby at Haydock two weeks ago, on her first start since October.
Though she was meeting decent opposition this time, she brushed her rivals aside to cause a 20-1 upset in the hands of Jack Mitchell.
Raven’s Lady was a length and three-quarters away in second place with Irish raider Different League a head back in third.
Mitchell said: “We’d been riding her differently, but Pete said it was up to me, so when she broke well I was happy to go on.
“We were worried about the ground, but it dried out a lot.
“I’ll leave all plans to Pete, he’s the genius.”