Fencing was an emphatic winner of the Listed Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Paradise Stakes at Ascot.
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John Gosden's four-year-old was widely touted as a Classic hopeful last year but the decision to geld him and keep him in training reaped immediate benefit as William Buick steered him to a comprehensive victory in the mile contest.
Chandlery led the field at a modest pace in the early stages and the race predictably developed into a sprint with two furlongs to travel.
Buick seized the initiative on the winner and soon had the rest of the field in trouble as Sovereign Debt and Stipulate battled out to be a distant second.
Pastoral Player was well backed beforehand but Hughie Morrison's charge proved troublesome to post and arguably found the race not run to suit.
Gosden added of the winner: "He ran well in the 2000 Guineas last year, possibly needing the run, then he didn't stay in the Dante. He was quite nervous and he wasn't going to be a stallion, so it's amazing how much happier he is after the operation. He'll stay at a mile now."