The Great Heir repaid his purchase price several times over when scooping the £147,500 first prize in the Weatherbys Racing Bank £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes at Doncaster.
Picked up for 33,000 euro at Arqana Sales in France in August 2017, the son of Pedro The Great justified the faith of trainer Kevin Ryan and owner Dave Stone with a narrow victory, as outsiders dominated the finish.
Driven to the line by Andrew Mullen, The Great Heir (33-1) got the verdict by half a length from Dirty Rascal (25-1) with Wasntexpectingthat (33-1) three-quarters of a length away in third place.
A delighted Stone said: “We were eighth last year with a horse we bought at Arqana, like this guy, and it was the first time Andrew has ridden him competitively.
“It’s his third win. He won at York for me – that was my dream and this is something else.
“I knew he was finishing well, but didn’t know he’d won. It’s such a thrill.”
Ryan said: “We had three nice horses in the race. This horse is tough and consistent. I knew all three were coming into the race well. We didn’t know how their draws would work out, but we knew they were all in good shape.
“When you’ve got three horses healthy and well you know you’ve got a chance.
“We’ll enjoy the moment and have a chat next week (about future plans).”
Stay Classy could be bound for Ayr after showing a neat turn of foot to land the British Stallion Studs EBF ‘Carrie Red’ Fillies’ Nursery Handicap.
The well-backed 6-1 shot quickened in good style for top apprentice David Egan to lead a furlong out and hold Strict Tempo by a neck, with Winter Light a length and a quarter back in third place.
Trainer Richard Spencer believes the daughter of Camacho has the ability to make her presence felt in Pattern company.
“She travelled well and quickened away nicely. It was just what we needed,” said Spencer.
“We’ll see how she is when she gets home, but potentially we’ll look for a black-type race for her at Ayr. We’ll keep her to six furlongs.”
Big Lachie (12-1) was rewarded for his consistency with victory in the Silk Series Lady Riders’ Handicap.
The four-year-old was delivered late by 7lb claimer Jessica Cooley, as instructed by trainer Mark Loughnane, to land the spoils by half a length from 7-2 favourite Kenny The Captain.
“He’s been knocking on the door all year. We gelded him when I got him and he’s been an absolute revelation,” said Loughnane.
“He ran a big race on Saturday at Ascot. He goes home, he eats, sleeps and races. He’s a legend.
“He needs to be dropped right in and ridden with loads of confidence. And in fairness to Jessica she’s done it exactly. She’s a good girl and deserves a chance.”
He added: “I’m very pleased. We’ve done nothing but hit the post for the last three weeks.
“It’s great to come here and have a winner.”
This was the last race in the series for professional and amateur female riders and the title was won for the second year running by Megan Nicholls, daughter of top jumps trainer Paul Nicholls.
Another Eclipse pounced late to land the Mechanical Facilities Handicap.
Andrea Atzeni had the David Simcock-trained gelding at the back as Cote D’Azur and Finniston Farm pulled 12 lengths clear of the field at one stage. The latter tried to go it alone in the straight, but the pack closed in.
Another Eclipse (11-2) was the last to challenge, getting up close home to foil Finniston Farm by three-quarters of a length.
“He’s a very talented horse, but he’s a bit of a thief,” said Simcock.
“He should have won more races. He’s always shown more at home than he does on the track.
“The fact they went fast and had to race early to get to the two in front suited him.”
Picture No Sound sprang a 20-1 surprise in the DFS Handicap on his second start since rejoining Richard Fahey’s stable.
Sent to Doug Watson in Dubai during the winter where he had no luck in three starts, the Dark Angel colt looked revitalised as he came with a late flourish to beat Whinmoor by a neck under Paul Hanagan.
“He started off with us then went to Dubai and then came back to us,” said Hanagan.
“I couldn’t have been happier with him there. He showed a great temperament and did it well.”