Somewhat added his name to a roll of honour that boasts the likes of Lammtarra and Rodrigo de Triano as he ground out victory from the front under Gerald Mosse in the Denford Stud Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury.
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In doing so, the 11/8 favourite further enhanced the record of horses to have come out of Royal Ascot's Chesham Stakes, Mark Johnston's colt having finished fourth to Berkshire in that contest on his previous start.
Handling the rain-softened ground without a worry, Somewhat kept responding to Mosse's urgings even when challenged by the well-touted Godolphin newcomer Be Ready (5/2) and pulled clear in the last 100 yards as his rival tired to score by four and a half lengths.
Mosse said: "He's a lovely horse - a big, strong horse. The way he kept galloping like that, he looks like a solid horse.
"The trainer said the give in the ground would help him."
Deirdre Johnston, assistant trainer and wife of the Middleham handler, said: "I was just delighted with the way he did it - he was very professional.
"He's been running on firm ground and we wondered if the give in the ground would help him.
"We'll discuss it with the owner, but he is in the Royal Lodge (Newmarket, September 28) - we feel he wants a mile."
Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said of runner-up Be Ready: "It was a nice debut. He seems to have taken the race well but he was taking on hardened two-year-olds."