Politicise left his disappointing debut effort well behind in making all to take division one of the Racegoers Club 50th Anniversary EBF Novice Stakes at Newbury.
After breaking smartly, the son of Camelot, who finished a well-held sixth at Doncaster eight days ago, found plenty for pressure from the sharp end in the seven-furlong contest to hold off newcomer Phosphor by a half a length.
Winning trainer William Haggas said of the 7-1 victor: “He ran awful last week and never raced at all. It is usually at least a month or two before I run them again.
“He did well and won nicely. He kept finding and he loved the ground. I was not really expecting that. You never know with these maidens, some can be rubbish – let’s hope it’s a good one.”
Charlie Bennett timed his fractions to perfection to get Buzz up in the dying strides of the Dubai Duty Free Handicap.
The mile-and-a-quarter prize looked to be heading the way of favourite Mountain Angel, who had been sent for home inside the final two furlongs by David Egan.
But with the post looming the Hughie Morrison-trained four-year-old wore down the market leader, prevailing by a nose to gain his first victory on turf and add to his three achieved on the all-weather.
Morrison said of the 9-1 winner: “He is hard work and all the credit goes to Matt who rides him and who was leading him up. He has his own way of doing things. He is not unmanageable, just impatient.
“He got outpaced a couple of furlongs out, but out-galloped them at the end. We’ve been waiting for this ground all year.
“He might be one for the November Handicap, but we have about half a dozen for that at the moment.
“Given our luck this week – we’ve had six seconds – we deserved that.”
Charlie Fellowes is yet to discover a juvenile capable of plying their trade with the best but hopes are high that King Ottokar (9-2) could do that in time after making his debut a winning one in division two of the seven-furlong novice contest by a nose.
The Newmarket handler said: “We like him a lot and he is a really good looking horse. He has always been a complete professional.
“I’ve had some good horses come through my hands but I don’t think I’ve had anything of the quality of this fellow. I think he is pretty good.
“He has got an entry in the Group One at Doncaster (Vertem Futurity Trophy, October 27) but I need to speak to the owners as it look like he got pretty tired out there and he might not stretch to a mile this year.
“It is the first runner the owner (Mrs Susan Roy) has had with me and it is great to have them in the yard. I’m grateful they’ve sent me such a valuable horse.”
Those following Gerald Mosse were well rewarded after the French ace claimed the riding plaudits with a 157-1 treble which was completed aboard the Mick Appleby-trained Jackpot Royale (11-2) who landed the Heatherwold Stud Handicap by two and a quarter lengths.
Mosse said: “I can’t tell you if that is my first treble in Britain but I can tell you it’s typical English weather today and it looked like a Frenchman was going through it well!
“He gave me a nice sensation when the ground was soft. It is the first time I’ve ridden him but he won well and he will win again.”
Having earlier claimed Group Three honours aboard the Richard Fahey-trained Mr Lupton, Mosse landed leg two of his haul when steering Temple Church to victory by three lengths in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Handicap, which completed a double for Morrison as well.
The East Ilsley handler, who had earlier been successful on the card with Buzz, said of the 11-2 winner: “Gerald said he is a lovely horse. He just needs soft ground I think. On that ground he is a good horse but we’ve not had many opportunities to run on it.”