Tac De Boistron introduced himself to British racegoers with a hugely impressive win in the Stella Artois Stand Cup at Chester.
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A former top-class stayer in France, the grey was having just his second start for Newmarket handler Marco Botti after a brief stay in Australia that saw him finish 23rd in the Melbourne Cup at 100/1.
Always travelling well for Martin Harley in this 12f Listed contest, the six year old eased his way to the front approaching the home turn and quickly left his rivals trailing without being asked for maximum effort.
Cameron Highland and Ile De Re both dropped away tamely but it was still hard not to be taken with his commanding eight length defeat of Cubanita with Allied Powers a further 10 lengths back in third.
The winner holds an entry in the Cesarewitch and is now vying for favouritism at 8/1 (from 25s) with some firms but Sky Bet make him a 16/1 chance.