Hey Gaman made all the running to secure Listed honours in the EBF Stallions King Richard III Stakes at Leicester.
Having finished second in the French 2000 Guineas over a mile last term, Hey Gaman’s stamina over this seven furlongs was not in doubt.
Frankie Dettori put that to good use by sending the 9-4 favourite to the front straight from the stalls and setting a solid pace.
Try as they might, none of the opposition could get close enough to make an impression on the James Tate-trained colt, who went on to score by two and a quarter lengths from Larchmount Lad without being seriously tested.
“He ran some great races in defeat last year, so it was lovely to see him get his head in front. I thought it was a really good reappearance,” said Tate.
“I think if you look at his record his best runs are either a straight seven or a mile round a bend.
“Frankie gave him a very well-judged ride and he seemed to gallop them into submission.”
Tate is already plotting a return trip to France.
He added: “We’d be very tempted to go back to Longchamp, because that is probably one of his favourite tracks where he was second in the French Guineas.
“There’s a meeting there in about a month’s time with some Group races, so I’ll just refresh my memory which ones are which and which Group races are over which distance – and we will probably choose one of those.”