Magical Max maintained his unbeaten record at Thirsk – and may be set for a trip to France next.
A surprise 20-1 winner on his debut at York for Mark Walford, he defied a penalty in the second division of the Sri Lanka Unbowed EBF Novice Auction Stakes.
Making just about all under Andrew Mullen, the Coach House youngster fought off all-comers to win by a neck.
“We knew he was above average, just from his work earlier in the year,” said Walford.
“Andrew said he’s still a bit green, so it wasn’t ideal making the running, but there was nothing quick enough to take him on early doors.
“He saw it out really well, and Andrew was struggling to pull him up – he got halfway down the back straight.
“It was nice to see he was half a second faster than the first division, and it was a good time at York, but there’s a lot more to come from him – a better race, where he doesn’t have to make his own running, will suit.”
Walford is confident Magical Max will prove versatile in trip too.
He added: “He’ll definitely get further.
“I’m happy to stay at six for now, because he’s got bags of speed – but it’s nice to have an alternative.
“We’ll see how he comes out of this, but there’s a Group Three in France on July 28 (Prix de Cabourg at Deauville) – and if he comes out of it well we’ll probably go there.
“If he needs a bit more time we’ve got him in the Tattersalls Stakes in October – he’ll probably only have a couple more runs this year.”
Magical Max wore a spare set of all black silks when winning at York, but Mullen was wearing the correct green and gold ones this time.
“At least the colours didn’t fall to bits this time when Andrew put them on,” said Walford.