Royal Ascot hero A’Ali got back on the winning trail and booked his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup with victory in the Wainwright Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.
Simon Crisford’s juvenile landed the Norfolk Stakes at the showpiece meeting in June and doubled his big-race tally in the Prix Robert Papin at Deauville on his next start.
He could finish only fifth when stepped up to six furlongs for the Prix Morny at Deauville last month, but looked more at home back over the minimum trip on Town Moor.
With Frankie Dettori in the saddle, the 6-4 chance was soon tracking the pacesetting Irish raider Wheels On Fire – and quickened up smartly in the last half-furlong to score by a length with something to spare.
Dream Shot finished strongly to pip Wheels On Fire to second.
Crisford said: “He won the Robert Papin over five and a half, but he’s done so well over five. He’s won the Norfolk and this race, so we will go to the Breeders’ Cup.
“He travels superbly well in his races and he’s got a change of pace. That’s the key.
“He’s an extremely easy horse to deal with. His attitude is excellent and he’s very straightforward.
“Frankie is unbeaten on him and he can’t wait to get to California. A sharp five on quick ground at Santa Anita will play to his strengths. He was already ‘win and you’re in’ from Ascot and he deserves to take his chance. There’s nothing for him left.
“The Abbaye is out of the question and the Middle Park would stretch him too far, and it comes too soon anyway. Breeders’ Cup it is.”
Dettori said: “He won a Norfolk, he’s got plenty of speed. I always thought good ground would suit him.
“The plan is to go to Santa Anita. He’s a tendency to go left so it will really suit him.”
York winner Alligator Alley was a heavily-supported even-money favourite for Joseph an Donnacha O’Brien, but was restless in the stalls and never really threatened to land a telling blow, finishing sixth of the seven runners.