Peter Chapple-Hyam's King's Warrior (33-1) turned the 53rd John Smith's Cup at York into a processsion as he streaked away with the prize.
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He was settled in mid-divison by Robert Havlin in the early stages but started to make progress through the field as they turned into the home straight.
He was travelling extremely well with three furlongs to run and once Havlin asked him to quicken, he rocketed clear to score in style by four-and-a-half lengths.
Mid Mon Lady came out best in a bunch finish for the places ahead of Media Hype and Stand To Reason while the well fancied Mijhaar lost all chance early in the straight when stumbling badly in behind horses.
"I think the ground has made the difference," said Havlin.
"His last two runs have been on fast ground and, to be fair, Peter said the horse had been working really well and he's not normally far wrong.
"Peter said to drop in and I was following Mijhaar, but I thought I was going better than him turning in and just did my own thing from then on."
Owner Paul Hancock said: "We had him in the sales on Friday night at Tattersalls with the intention of selling him, but Peter (Chapple-Hyam) rang me on Tuesday and said we can't sell him because the horse was working too well and jumping out of his skin.
"When the trainer says that it's all you want to hear.
"When he was trained in France by Richard Gibson and Mikel Delzangles, they always thought he was a potential Black type horse.
"He had his conditions, ease in the ground and a fast-run race. That's what he needs.
"I think it would be mean to get rid of him now.
"I've been owning horses for 10 years and I bought this horse in France as a yearling. That's why I kept him in France for a while because of the prize money."
Mijhaar appeared to be travelling nicely into the race before being badly hampered by the weakening Fair Trade about three furlongs out and was almost brought down.
His rider Neil Callan said: "I was unlucky. He was travelling quite sweetly and I got pushed into the back of Fair Trade.
"It was unfortunate, but it will be different another day."