Mull Of Killough ran out a convincing winner of the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Earl of Sefton Stakes.
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George Baker was patient aboard the seven-year-old as well-backed Stipulate cruised into the lead with two furlongs to go.
Once brought out to challenge, Mull Of Killough responded well to Baker's urgings to hit the front inside the distance and win cosily.
Runner-up Stipulate was perhaps a little keen on his first start since a gelding operation, but stuck to his guns well enough for a clear second.
Bonfire, also making his first appearance since being gelded, never looked particularly happy but stayed on to take third from Boom And Bust, who had cut out the running.
Mull Of Killough's trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam said: "He's been training well. I was a little concerned about the going but he's won on good to firm before.
"There's a big race, the Singapore Cup, on May 19 at Kranji and I've been dropping the hint for six months now, but whether we get the ticket or not I don't know. If not we'll go to Chester for the Huxley.
"The team have done a fantastic job, we wanted to go to Dubai but we had to sort his feet out."