Wokingham second Tis Marvellous turned what looked a competitive Betfred Heritage Handicap into a procession at Ascot.
A Group Two winner in France as a juvenile, he slightly lost his way at three, although he was competing at a high level.
Some relief from the handicapper has enabled him to regain confidence, though, and Clive Cox’s five-year-old justified 9-2 favouritism by two and a half lengths under Adam Kirby.
“He’s just coming back to himself. He’s never run a bad race and he’s been knocking on the door, but it’s nice for him to win a decent one again and get his confidence back,” said Kirby.
“That’s one of the best feels I’ve had off him since he was a baby, he’s really coming again now.”
Mark Johnston’s Kingbrook (7-4 favourite) won the Ruddy Novice Auction Stakes after a battle with Manigordo.
Johnston said: “He’s very tall and he was as a yearling, which must have put people off, but we were determined to buy him.
“Roger Brookhouse was bidding against us initially and when we dropped out I thought he’d send this one to us, but he actually bought a Frankel colt off me and took this one home.
“The Frankel colt fractured a pedal bone and Roger swapped them over – thank goodness he did.
“We thought he was green at Haydock and expected him to come on a lot. He looked to have his work cut out once he was headed, but Joe (Fanning) said he was always confident he had a bit left,” Johnston told Sky Sports Racing.
William Haggas’ Ummalnar (7-2) was a four-length winner of the Trant Engineering Fillies’ Handicap under Tom Marquand, while Simon Crisford’s Saroog (9-4 favourite) benefited from a patient Kerrin McEvoy ride in the Fresh Air Helicopters Handicap before he jetted off home to Australia.
Breanski (11-4 favourite) was awarded victory by the stewards in the closing GI Events UK Handicap.
Charles Molson was first past the post in a tight finish, with the stewards opting to reverse the placings after deciding the interference had proved crucial to the result.
Daniel Muscutt was banned for four days after being found guilty of careless riding aboard Charles Molson.