Planteur made all to take the Listed Blue Square Bet Winter Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield under Adam Kirby.
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Marco Botti's charge hadn't won since 2011 but this was a massive drop in class for the six-year-old as he had previously finished third in the Dubai World Cup and runner-up in the Prix d'Isapahan at Longchamp.
Adam Kirby was determined to make full use of his low draw to grab an early position on the rails and having set the fractions, he asked his mount to quicken as they approached the home turn and the 2/5 favourite kept on stoutly to the line.
Clive Brittain's Miblish ran a cracker to chase the winner in second with Tepmokea a never-nearer third.