Vincent Ho delighted favourite backers aboard Power Of Darkness in the Shergar Cup Mile at Ascot.
Having claimed a third career win on his latest appearance at Salisbury in June, Marcus Tregoning’s charge was the 11-4 market leader to follow up in a race the trainer claimed with Boom And Bust in 2012.
Via Serendipity, Zwayyan and Zhui Feng were all battling for the lead entering the final furlong, but having been ridden with restraint for much of the way, Power Of Darkness came home strongly on the outside to get up and score with something to spare under his Hong Kong-based rider.
Zhui Feng and Gerald Mosse were a length away in second ahead of Zwayyan and Yuga Kawada in third, with Nicholas T and Jamie Spencer in fourth.
Ho said: “The rain came and once he settled, he showed a great turn of foot. He just relaxed behind horses and found room in the straight.
“It’s like a dream come true to ride a winner here. I never imagined myself even riding in Ascot, so to get a chance here and have a winner, I’m delighted.”
The Great Britain and Ireland Team ended the day with a winner as Jamie Spencer produced the William Haggas-trained Victory Day to secure a last-gasp victory in the Shergar Cup Sprint.
The 7-4 favourite was given plenty to do, but fairly flew home to get up and beat Pass The Vino and Turner into second place, with Woven third under Yuga Kawada.
The result ensured Turner won the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle for a second successive year, with the overall Shergar Cup going to to the Rest Of The World Team.