Dick Doughtywylie proved a willing ally for Rab Havlin in the Coral App Download From The App Store Quebec Stakes.
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The 5/1 shot was the stable second string but got the better of stablemate and 5/4 favourite Gatewood in a thrilling renewal of the Lingfield Park Listed contest.
Slowly into stride, Havlin opted to take his mount round the outside to the head of affairs, followed in the move by William Buick and Gatewood, before slowing the pace up.
The field were stacked up behind and challenges emerged both inside and out but the five year old wasn't for passing and prevailed by half a length from Gatewood with Galician a neck back in third.
Winning trainer John Gosden, whose wife Rachel Hood bred and owns the winner, commented: "It was a good run from Dick Doughtywylie who stuck his head out and bravely fought off all challengers.
"The All-Weather Championships Final is very much the target for Dick Doughtywylie who will be freshened up now.
"Gatewood is not quite back to his best after his time in Australia."
Gosden has his horses in tremendous form and this was his 10th winner from 19 runners on the All-Weather this month.
Havlin added: "I am delighted for Dick Doughtywylie. He is such a yardstick in the stable as he is one of the main lead horses. He battled and is really tough - a pleasing result."
Havlin, enjoying his best ever year with 61 winners in 2013, is in nearly as good form as the trainer, with 12 successes from 45 rides in December.
Dick Doughtywylie has run three times during the new All-Weather Championships, which started on October 26, and so he is qualified to go for the £200,000 Middle Distance Final sponsored by Coral on Good Friday (April 18) over 10 furlongs at Lingfield Park.