Slade Power (7/1) got the better of Jack Dexter in a close finish to the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot.
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Edward Lynam's four-year-old had finished sixth in the race last season but he was to go five places better on this occasion under a textbook ride from Wayne Lordan.
The field split into three distinct groups and backers of the favourite were to soon know their fate as Maarek fly-leaped as the stalls opened and the Prix L'Abbaye winner was never able to land a blow.
Hoof It took them along down the centre of the track with the winner travelling alongside as Jack Dexter made a beeline for the stands' rail and Sirius Prospect headed over to the far side.
Slade Power hit the front as they reached the two furlong pole but the eye was drawn to Jack Dexter as Jim Goldie's charge appeared to be going equally as well under Graham Lee with Viztoria attempting to close the gap from the pack.
The winner began to veer left towards his rival, though far from inconveniencing him, it appeared to have a galvanising effect and the Irish raider was to get the better of the argument by a neck.
Lordan said: "He's done nothing wrong all year, but he's met a few good horses.
"Every horse has their day and today is this fellow's day."
Owner Sabina Power, who also bred the horse, said: "He stays in training, the breeders are chasing but we get a whole load of enjoyment."
Her son, Paddy Power, said: "We were pretty hopeful, but we thought Maarek would be hard to beat.
"Though we'd won on soft we didn't know how he'd handle it today.
"Wayne brought him over to the rail and that proved key."
Trainer Jim Goldie said of Jack Dexter: "The six furlongs just stretches his stamina, he's getting like his dad (Orientor) and getting quicker as he gets older.
"He did everything right but had nothing to run with on this side.
"He's run a great race and we'll come back next year."