Beat the Bank stormed home in a scintillating finish to claim the Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
The win was the highlight of two sun-kissed days of racing at the Berkshire course, which was hosting its first meeting since Royal Ascot in June.
Jockey Oisin Murphy completed a memorable week by guiding Andrew Balding’s four-year-old round the old mile course to edge home by neck from Lord Glitters with Suedois in third.
Murphy, who rode the Eclipse winner Roaring Lion at Sandown last weekend and also enjoyed a five-timer this week, rode a masterful race after French raider Trais Fluors missed the break and finished back in fifth
Earlier, Spring Loaded, which ran a valiant 9th in the Wokingham here last month, followed up with a cracking victory in the opener, seeing off 25-1 shot Poyle Vinnie and favourite Major Jumbo in third.
It was the first of a treble for Adam Kirby, who also bagged wins late in the card on Godolphin’s Cross Counter in the Woodford Reserve Handicap Stakes and Perfect Hustler in the GL Events UK Handicap Stakes.
Daniel Tudhope weighed in with a quickfire double, winning the Kelly Group Novice Auction Stakes on board Nuremberg over seven furlongs before steering Beshaayir to victory in the Trant Engineering Fillies’ Handicap Stakes.
Frankie Dettori, with a 10-day ban incurred at Newmarket on Ftriday still fresh in the memory, got back to winning ways on the Owen Burrows-trained Elwazir in the Playboy Club London Handicap Stakes.