Lambourn trainer Jo Hughes struck gold at Santa Anita as London Bridge ground out a famous victory in the Breeders' Cup Marathon.
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Most recently seen finishing fourth in a Listed race over a mile and seven furlongs at Deauville in August, Mike Smith's mount was under pressure a long way out and seemingly with it all to do turning for home some way off the leaders.
But as stamina over the mile-and-six-furlong trip - a distance rarely run in America - kicked in, the Arch colt responded to Smith's urgings and really picked up to collar Blueskiesandrainbows, in the end winning going away.
London Bridge's other successes this year came at Brighton, Sandown and Ripon.
Smith, the winningmost current rider at the Breeders' Cup, revealed he had been unimpressed with London Bridge in a piece of work earlier in the week.
He said: "I didn't have a whole lot of confidence on dirt but in the paddock he was so full of energy, he wasn't like that the other day. He gets every yard of the mile-six and that was the difference.
"I'm extremely happy, the connections are good friends of mine and I'm glad they didn't listen to me because I would have told them to scratch!"
Smith added: "I was pushing away at him for some time and wasn't too confident early on, but then all of a sudden at the three-eighths pole he took hold of the bit at just the right time, which is exactly what I hoped he would do."
London Bridge was sold by owner and former trainer Mikael Magnusson to Paul Fudge with the specific intention of running in this race and then continuing his career in Australia.
Magnusson operated at Old Manor in Lambourn, the former base of Kim Bailey, who trained Master Oats and Alderbrook to win the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle respectively from that yard, and rents to Hughes, although he continues to be involved in the mornings as assistant despite having handed his own licence.
During the previous few days in California, Patrick Biancone had helped Magnusson with the training of the horse on the back stretch and was one of the first to congratulate him along with Will Farish junior, owner of fellow Marathon runner Pool Play.
Magnusson said: "I sold the horse to Paul with the express purpose of running in this race, I'm so proud of this horse, who is now going to race in Australia.
"One thing that helped us today was that we ran him on different shoes, we put heavy grips on him that are used by quarter horses.
"In the UK he has won three races this year, but he does need fast ground and we have been thwarted by weather conditions for quite a while.
"I knew that having Easy Goer on the pedigree with his second-dam, there was a good chance he would take to the surface and although I sold him far too cheaply, I am thrilled for the new owners."