Mount Athos and Jamie Spencer returned to winning form with a smart success in the JLT Aston Park Stakes at Newbury.
Third in the Melbourne Cup last November, the 7/2 winner came into the contest on a losing run of more than a year, but showed his class in the Listed contest.
Travelling smoothly turning for home, he had mastered frontrunning favourite Battalion by the time the runners reached the two-furlong pole, and although First Mohican tried his hardest to throw down a challenge, Spencer's mount comfortably had more to offer.
The Marwan Koukash-trained winner is set to be aimed again at the Melbourne Cup again later this year and was cut by bookmakers Sky Bet from 25/1 to 16/1,
Lucie Botti, wife of winning trainer Marco Botti, told Channel 4 Racing: "We were worried about the ground, but obviously he handled it and we're delighted as he is a very popular horse.
"Our head lad, Paul Francis, rides him every day and he does a very good job as he can be a little keen.
"Marco will have to talk to Dr Koukash and we will see what there is for him, but the ultimate aim will be Melbourne again. We haven't really got a plan before that although we'd like to run in the Goodwood Cup."
Spencer added: "He's a grand little horse, but he's very keen and even today he never left me alone the whole race."