Hello Youmzain inflicted a shock defeat on red-hot favourite Calyx in the Armstrong Aggregates Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock.
On the back of what was a brilliant return to action at Ascot at the beginning of the month, the John Gosden-trained Calyx was unsurprisingly all the rage for the six-furlong Group Two contest against three rivals.
Sent off the 2-13 favourite, Robert Havlin - deputising for Frankie Dettori, who was in Ireland to ride Too Darn Hot - appeared to have matters in control after initially getting a bump on leaving the stalls.
The previously unbeaten Khalid Abdullah-owned three-year-old loomed large two furlongs out, as Royal Intervention gave way, but did drift to his left when asked a question and it quickly became apparent he had a fight on his hands.
In contrast Kevin Ryan's Hello Youmzain strode on relentlessly and in the end won going away, by three and quarters lengths.
"I was getting a bad feeling at the two pole he wasn't really going to pick up," Havlin told ITV Racing. "I gave him a couple of squeezes in the ribs and there was nothing there and when I asked him to quicken he almost ran like a horse having his first run, he was sticking his head up.
"One thing I can say is he wasn't giving a hard blow afterwards. I rode him at home about ten days ago and he absolutely flew. No horse has given me that feel since Kingman and I fully expected to come here and win by ten lengths but we'll get him back and have a look at him. Hopefully there's something we can iron out."
Adam Ryan, assistant to his father, said: "At the end of the day, we can't be afraid of one horse. It would be too soon to write (Calyx) off - but we're just delighted with ours. We had to try the Greenham, to see if he stayed - you only get one crack at these Classics. It was pretty clear he didn't (stay), so this was the next logical step.
"He's won two Group Twos now - all he's going to do is keep improving. He's been like that since day one - the more racing he gets, the more he's going to mature. We hope there's plenty to come. He's still learning the game. He's in that (Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot) - it's the logical step. Let's enjoy today, we'll have a chat with the owners and everyone involved."
He added: "We're lucky to have an owner like Mr Jaber Abdullah, and I'm delighted for (jockey) Kevin (Stott) as well, he puts a lot of hard work in. For a young lad to get on a nice horse, that's important as well."
Racing PR Manager Michael Shinners said: "All eyes may have been on Calyx beforehand but it was an impressive performance from the winner who has emerged as a leading Commonwealth Cup player."
Dream come true for Fogarty
Forever In Dreams provided Irish trainer Aidan Fogarty with a winner at his first attempt in England as she scored a tenacious Listed success.
Fogarty's filly, the first he has trained to win for owner Con Marnane, was having just her second start for the stable as she pounced from off the pace to lead in the final furlong under Martin Dwyer.
The partnership then stayed on convincingly to take the EBF British Stallion Studs Cecil Frail Stakes at 16-1, by three-quarters of a length from Solar Gold.
The three-year-old grey may well have booked herself a return trip to Britain, too, for next month's Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, having only recently arrived at Fogarty's Tipperary yard from France.
"This is my first ever runner in England - I was very green coming over," he said.
"This is huge, memorable - she's actually in the Commonwealth Cup, so she might go there."
The plan to head to Haydock was hatched on the back of an encouraging run at Cork, following Forever In Dreams' two wins out of two in France a year ago, when in the care of Matthieu Palussiere, before she was beaten less than two lengths in Ascot's Queen Mary Stakes.
"She ran well in Cork two weeks ago," added Fogarty.
"She just got tired in the last 100 yards, (but) we thought six (furlongs) would suit her better coming over here. We were half-fancying her, and it was brilliant.
"That's my first winner for Con (as well) - I've just started training his horses this year."
Norton seals the Deal
The well-backed Lucky Deal came from last to first to win the opening Amix Ready Mixed Concrete Handicap by an emphatic five lengths, from 7-2 favourite Eden Rose.
Franny Norton was still at the back of the nine-strong field turning into the straight in the two-mile event - but was never seriously concerned about getting there in time on the 4-1 shot, who appeared to get stuck in the mud last time in the Chester Cup.
Leading a furlong out this time, the four-year-old was completing an early across-the-card treble for bang-in-form trainer Mark Johnston.
Norton said: "He did it well. He took a long time to warm up - but then once I turned in I thought, 'I've got these'."
The winning jockey later completed a double on the card for Johnston when Sir Ron Priestley was decisively too good for his three rivals in the Amix Handicap, the 1-2 favourite eased down for a three and three-quarter-length verdict which keeps him on course for Ascot's King Edward VII Stakes.
Beatboxer back on song
Beatboxer may also be headed to the Royal meeting, after flashing home late in the Amix Silver Bowl Handicap - claiming long-time leader Munhamek to spring a 20-1 shock by a neck under Robert Havlin.
It was a significant return to form, in a first-time hood and tongue-strap, for John Gosden's three-year-old - who had looked a speedy star in the making when winning his first two starts last summer.
He followed them with two miserable performances, though, failing to beat a horse home and beaten more than 30 lengths both in the Royal Lodge Stakes and on his Listed return to Newmarket this month.
Returning to the scene of his second career win, Beatboxer's instant impact in handicaps might have earned him a crack at the Britannia Stakes with assistant trainer Thady Gosden confirming that may well be the plan.
He said: "It wouldn't be the worst idea - maybe there, or possibly somewhere else next.
"He showed a lot of promise last year, and he slightly lost his way - obviously he didn't run too great at Newmarket last time.
"He showed a lot of guts there to come and win from right out the back. It was a pretty rough race, but luckily he managed to stay out of most of that."