Invincible Army bounced back to his best with a convincing display to land the Unibet Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster.
James Tate’s sprinter had smart form early last year before disappointing on his only two subsequent starts, but he showed his true colours in some style.
PJ McDonald had the four-year-old close to the pace set by Major Jumbo before unleashing Invincible Army (4-1) to lead over a furlong out and gallop clear.
Major Jumbo stuck to his guns and was two lengths away in second place, with Equilateral three-quarters of a length back in third.
Invincible Army was given a quote of 25-1 for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot with Paddy Power.
Tate said: “He’s been going well but when the ground was changed from good, good to soft yesterday to good, good to firm today I was a bit nervous.
“It is a bit quicker than he ideally wants it, but he’s back to his old form and he was too good for them.
“The Duke Of York will be next, that gives him just over six weeks in between races. He’s been second in three Group Twos and I’d love to win one.
“Thinking down the line, I’d love to win the Haydock Sprint Cup. It’s not a bad start to the season, anyway.”