Steve Drowne, fresh from securing three victories at Royal Ascot last week, was back in the winner’s enclosure following victory on the veteran Little Edward at Lingfield.
He brought the 10-year-old with a perfectly-timed run on the wide outside to grab the lead in the final 50 yards.
The 16-1 chance stayed on strongly to take the Ashdown Forest Handicap by three-quarters of a length from Safari Mischief with Hereford Boy a nose away third.
Winning trainer Ron Hodges he had been worried halfway through the five-furlong dash.
“I thought he had a good draw and that Steve had thrown that advantage away. It turned out he knew more than what we did,” he said.
Little Edward appeared to benefit from a six-month break.
“He’d been working well at home and was really fresh, but we didn’t think he could win a race of that class first time up,” Hodges continued.
“He can only stick so many runs then he gets a bit fed up with it all. He’s the sort of horse you have to keep fresh.
“We thought he’d done well, so we gave him a nice, long break and started again.”
Darryll Holland stepped in for the injured Seb Sanders to strike on Master Of Arts for Sir Mark Prescott in the Ashurst Wood Handicap.
The 4-5 favourite made hard work of completing a four-timer, however, as he only got home by a neck from The Snatcher.
The son of Swain may well try to make it five in a row as he holds several entries on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Chjimes (7-2) ended a two-month lean spell for trainer Conor Dore when taking the Crowhurst Handicap.
Given a fine ride by Ryan Moore, the four-year-old overhauled Glencalvie inside the final furlong and scored by three-quarters of a length from Count Ceprano.
“Ryan gave him a good straight-forward ride. The horses have been running well lately,” said Dore.
“Chjimes will have come on for that run the other day. He came back a bit fresh – it would have blown the cobwebs away.”
Adam Kirby teamed up with Peter Grayson to win the Maureen Brooker Birthday Handicap with Regal Royale (16-1).
The five-year-old led three furlongs out and stuck on grimly to hold Forced Upon Us by a head.
Grayson completed a 356-1 across-the-card double when Stoneacre Pat (20-1) won the Bet Multiples – Betdaq Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Gary Moore’s Art Preview made a pleasing debut in the Register Now betdaqpoker.co.uk Maiden Stakes.
Ridden confidently by George Baker, who scored a four-timer at Newmarket on Saturday, the 9-4 chance ran out an impressive two-and-three-quarter-length winner.
Nice Matin sprang a 40-1 surprise on her racecourse bow in the Look For Better Odds At Betdaq Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
Despite swishing her tail, Nice Matin got the better of Godolphin’s newcomer Emirates Lady to win by a half-length under Kirsty Milczarek.
Looks The Business (12-1), ridden by 5lb claimer Jack Dean, landed the Bet Euro 2008 – Betdaq Handicap for trainer Bill Turner by a length from Colophony.