Aeolus (3/1) ran out an impressive winner of the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock Park under Richard Hughes.
Ed McMahon's useful juvenile hadn't enjoyed a great deal of luck at three having been hampered on his reappearance in the Free Handicap at Newmarket and then running a flat race back at headquarters last time.
However, everything came together for the Araafa colt in the six furlong Listed race on Merseyside as he ran out an impressive two and three quarter length winner from Betimes as favourite Parbold flattered to deceive with Pat Smullen reporting that the colt hung badly left throughout..
Held-up in rear by Hughes, he moved powerfully through the field about two off the stands side rail and soon left his toiling rivals trailing in his wake.
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McMahon said: "He was unlucky on his first run of the year in the Free Handicap and we were a bit disappointed with him last time. He didn't let himself down on the very quick ground.
"Richard rode him full of confidence today and he did it really well, so we're delighted.
"Where he goes now will all depend on the weather. It would be nice to go for the Jersey (at Royal Ascot), but we'd only do that if the ground was good. I wouldn't want to run him on any faster than that.
"There are a few races in France for him later in the year as well. He's a very genuine horse and he'd have to be one of the best I've had as he's so easy to train."
Hughes said: "He was third in the Free Handicap to Shifting Power - that's nearly Group One form and Ed said to ride him with confidence.
"You could see at the furlong pole he was starting to hit the front, I didn't really want to but I didn't want to disappoint him."