Excusez Moi ended a long losing run when finally coming good for Australian ace Kerrin McEvoy in the £60,000 (€88,000) William Hill Great St Wilfrid Stakes at Ripon.
Clive Brittain’s four-year-old had not won since taking a Yarmouth maiden in April 2005 and McEvoy had ridden him seven times in defeat.
With only five of the 19 runners choosing to race up the stands rail in the six-furlong dash, it soon became obvious which side the winner was going to come from in the traditional cavalry charge.
Striking the front with a furlong to run Excusez Moi (10-1) was driven out to beat Fullandby (28-1) by a length.
Last year’s winner Ice Planet (14-1) was a head away in third with his stable companion, and 2005 runner-up, Pieter Brueghel (25-1) in fourth.
“He is not the boldest and bravest, but we got him there!” said McEvoy.
“We were drawn in the middle but he got out of the stalls quickly and we got a good spot.
“Mr Wolf, (who made the running) stopped sooner than I would have wanted him too, I was hoping he would cart me along a bit further.
“My horse is not the sort to hit the front too far out and he drifted left under pressure, but he did it well enough and I am glad to get a win out of him.
“I have been riding him for a long time but I haven’t been able to get him over the line (in front).
“He can be tricky to place and tricky to ride, but he has done it today.”
Tim Etherington was delighted with the run of Fullandby and said: “He has run a great race, he had to go to the far side to get the ground.
“He is a very good horse and we will have a look at the Ayr Gold Cup now.”
Mark Lawson and Micky Fenton were suspended for one day (August 30) for not riding to their draw on Mr Wolf and Continent respectively.
Richard Fahey’s horses are in top form at present and he notched a 485-1 treble with Smart Instinct, Lafontaine Bleu and Orpenlina.
Smart Instinct (7-2) struck under Tony Hamilton in the Ripon Horn Blower Conditions Stakes, making it two wins from two starts and his connections are hopeful that he will go on to better things.
Only five runners went to post and approaching the final furlong, it became a two-horse race as Tony Hamilton brought Smart Instinct to challenge the long-time leader Holdin Foldin.
And with the soft ground not posing a problem, Smart Instinct went right through with his effort to get on top and go two lengths clear.
Fahey said: “It was the first time I had been to the Keeneland Sales and it is nice to have brought something back that can gallop – I think I might go again now!
“I am pleased for his owners (David and Jackie Knaggs) because this horse could be the real thing, though we had to geld him in the spring because he was a playboy.
“There is no badness in him, he just thought it was all a game and we could not do anything with him.
“I don’t know what we will do now but we will have a look for something a bit better I should think.”
Lafontaine Bleu (8-1) was winning at the third time of asking in the Ark De Triumph Maiden Auction Stakes, gamely getting the better of Fadeyev by half a length under Dale Gibson.
“She is improving and may go for one of the Sales races now,” said Fahey.
Fahey completed his hat-trick and Hamilton sealed a double when Orpenlina (11-1) took division two of the E-Tech Geoff Jewson Memorial Maiden Stakes.
However, there was a sting in the tail for Hamilton who was handed a one-day ban (August 30) for not riding to his draw. Lee Enstone was also penalised for the same offence aboard Montana and he will sit out the same day.
Champion jockey Jamie Spencer’s advice proved spot on as George Moore’s Lady Disdain (25-1) gained her first success at the 10th attempt in the hands of John Egan in the European Breeders Fund Fillies’ Handicap.
“Jamie rode the filly at Haydock last month and he said ‘run her over a mile and a quarter with a bit of cut in the ground and she will win’ – and he was right,” said Moore
Mark Johnston’s Peppertree Lane (7-2) bounced back to form in the Ripon Cathedral Handicap in the hands of Kevin Darley.
Relishing the soft conditions, he bounded clear of favourite Bollin Derek for a three-length success.
Johnston’s wife Deirdre said: “We have been waiting on the ground with this horse, his two wins early in the year were on soft.
“It has been a very quiet day for us, we have had only two runners so it is nice to have a winner.”
Apprentice Michael Stainton was suspended for one day (August 30) for not riding to his draw on fourth-placed Harrington Bates in the first division of the maiden won by How’s She Cuttin’ (7-1).