Kingston Hill made it two-from-two with an authoratative success in the Group Three Autumn Stakes at Newmarket.
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Roger Varian's charge was sent off a 15/2 chance following his win in a Newbury maiden on debut and his inexperience showed at times.
However, the son of Mastercraftsman really gathered himself upon meeting the rising ground and came home strongly under Andrea Atzeni to win by two lengths.
There were no excuses for 6/5 favourite Oklahoma City who was prominent on the stands' rail throughout and had to settle for second while Truth Or Dare (16/1) was back in third.
Sky Bet made the winner a 20/1 chance for next year's Investec Derby.
Varian said: "He was going from a maiden to a Group race. He had to step up but I thought he did it really well. It's nice to go into winter with a horse of potential."
Looking ahead to next season and potential Classic aspirations, Varian added: "We have not got to the bottom of him. He has a very laid back approach at home and while we think he will be competing at a mile, equally he might be better over further.
"We will have a look at options, but the likelihood is he will be put away for the winter now.
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"For a horse who has only had one run, he showed his mettle. He has always looked a nice horse at home. He's not flashy, he's what you'd call hardy."
Atzeni added: "It rode like a good race. He is a big horse and will come on a lot for the race. He is a lovely horse to have for next season, but he saves something, which is a very good sign."
Aidan O'Brien was happy with the performance of runner-up Oklahoma City.
"We are very happy with him," O'Brien said. "He's after having a busy time and we will probably leave him alone for the year now. We were delighted with the run."
Peter Morgan of Carmel Stud has had a busy week selling four yearlings at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and he is looking forward to next year with his colt Truth Or Dare, who finished third.
"We are thrilled to bits," Morgan said of the Richard Hannon-trained colt. "We have always loved the horse and we have a great year on the track - this is the icing on the cake.
"He's quietly progressed through the year and we'll park him up now. He's quite 'framey' and Ryan felt he would get a mile and a quarter next year. He's a very genuine horse."