Richard Hannon’s 2000 Guineas runner-up King Of Change returned to win the Chasemore Farm Fortune Stakes.
While many would have been tempted to strike while the iron was hot using King Of Change (11-4), who was shipped off at 66-1 for the Classic, Hannon took the individual approach.
He had been keen to give Farhh’s son plenty of time to get over those exertions as Sean Levey consistently looked confident, riding him out to conquer favourite Turgenev by a length and a quarter after his choice and such a enormous career finest had been rewarded.
Paddy Power Of Change is entered on Champions Day at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and cut out of 20s to 12-1 king.
“We are pleased, he has been working very well and it is wonderful to see him run into a big race,” said Hannon.
“He’ll have needed that, he’s been off a while so it was gratifying.
“He has a few nice entries and they’re all chances at the moment. He will appreciate a little give in the ground and next year will be his season.
“We have a fresh horse to head into the fall with. It was nice for him to establish the Guineas moment wasn’t a fluke.”
Palace Pier remained unbeaten, as his odds of 1-8 suggested he needs to, in the Max Patel Wealth Manager.
Frankie Dettori wished to keep things simple on John Gosden’s colt and Palace Pier pulled four and a half lengths clear while Mars Landing briefly threatened to make a race of it.
Dettori told Racing TV:”He was playful today. I had to produce the running and he messed around in the stalls and he looked at all, but that’s why we brought him here – for experience.
“We did not need to throw him in at the deep end yet, but he has learnt some more now and he can be better next time.
“He’s a fantastic horse at the moment, but if he’s special, I do not understand yet. Everything is in the perfect location, but he is still a work in progress.”
Dettori and Gosden later made it a treble when reliving Rhythms (5-2 favourite) got going late to win against the Stelrad Radiator Group Fillies’ Handicap and Sucellus (100-30) was a narrow winner of this Christmas Parties At Sandown Park Handicap.
Oisin Murphy spoke highly of Via De Vega after he made a debut from the Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.
Second looked however on meeting the floor, Via De Vega began to fly.
The shot poked to win by a brain and has been gaining with every stride.
“The boss actually liked him . I hadn’t stumbled on him before today, but it was about a great schooling so it’s brilliant he was good enough to win,” said Murphy.
“He jumped out a little slow and I was only hoping to teach him. At the bottom of the right, I didn’t believe so I do my very best I could acquire, but I wasn’t going to offer him a tough time.
“He picked up really well all the way into the line and I guess it had been an eyecatching performance. I am very enthusiastic about him. All these are the horses that cause you to get out of bed in the daytime ”