Richard Hannon’s 2000 Guineas runner-up King returned to Acquire Against the Chasemore Farm Fortune Stakes.
Although many would have been enticed to hit while the iron was warm with King Of Change (11-4), who had been sent off in 66-1 for the Classic, Hannon took the individual approach.
He was eager to provide Farhh’s son lots of time to get over those exertions as Sean Levey seemed confident, riding him out to beat favourite Turgenev following a huge career and his choice was rewarded.
Paddy Power Of Change is entered on Champions Day in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and cut to king.
“We are happy, he’s been working really well and it is great to see him run into a big race,” said Hannon.
“He’ll have had that, he’s been away a while so it was gratifying.
“He has several nice entries and they’re all chances at the moment. He will appreciate a bit of give in the ground and next year will be his season.
“We have an original horse to go in the fall with. It was nice for him to demonstrate that the Guineas second wasn’t a fluke.”
Palace Pier remained unbeaten, because his chances of 1-8 indicated he should, Of Choice Novice Stakes in the Max Patel Wealth Manager.
Frankie Dettori wanted to keep things simple on the colt of John Gosden and Palace Pier pulled four and a half lengths clear while Mars Landing threatened to make a race of it.
Dettori told TV:”He was lively today. Then I needed to make the running and he messed around in the stalls and that he was looking at everything, but that’s why we brought him here – for experience.
“We did not want to throw in at the deep end yet, but he’s learnt some more today and he could be improved next time.
“He’s a great horse right now, but when he’s special, I don’t understand yet. Everything is in the perfect place, but he’s still a work in progress”
Dettori and Gosden later made it a treble when reliving Rhythms (5-2 favourite) got going late to win at the Stelrad Radiator Group Fillies’ Handicap and Sucellus (100-30) was a narrow winner of the Christmas Parties At Sandown Park Handicap.
Oisin Murphy spoke highly of Via De Vega afterwards that he made a winning debut in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.
Via De Vega started to fly on meeting the rising ground, although Secondly looked the finest Andrew Balding’s newcomer could trust for Never Alone kicked apparent.
The shot gained with every stride and poked in front to win by a head.
“The boss really liked him at home. I hadn’t stumbled on him before today, but it was about a great education so it’s brilliant he had been good enough to win,” explained Murphy.
“He jumped out a little slow and I was only hoping to teach him. In the base of the right, I did not believe I could win so I had been doing my best, but that I was not likely to offer him a hard time.
“He picked up really well all the way into the line and that I suppose it was an eyecatching performance. I’m very enthusiastic about him. All these are the horses that make you escape bed in the morning”