Steady rain threatened to spoil the fun on Sandown's big charity day but the softened ground played into the hands of Fallen Idol (15-2) in the Variety Club Stakes this afternoon.
John Gosden's colt had proved better than a mere handicapper last season and had managed to win a Listed race at the course last year, although his two previous runs this season had not offered much encouragement.
Martin Dwyer powered past Licence To Till with a furlong of the 10 remaining but needed to ward off the thrust of Beaumont's Party to collect by half a length.
"He had the form in the book and is quite smart on his day, so that was a good effort under a lot of weight," said Dwyer.
"He idled a bit at the end. The ground is soft, but it's wet rather than holding."
A terrific front-running performance from Talwar and Jimmy Fortune saw them demolish their three rivals by five lengths in the Group Three Sunshine Coach Solario Stakes.
Sent off at 9-4 behind 6-4 favourite Trumpet Major, who was last, Jeremy Noseda's juvenile arrived in Esher with a course and distance win already in the bag from a maiden and a Listed race at Sandown.
It appeared Fortune had gradually drawn the sting from his opponents entering the straight but Talwar had even more to offer and strode right away.
"It was a worry whether he would like the ground, but he relished it," said Fortune.
"He did really well at Ascot, battling nicely to win by a short head and he's going the right way. It's a big advantage to make the running here in these conditions - we crawled for the first half but he sprinted away."
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Brian Meehan believes there is a really good race in Theyskens' Theory (7-1), who returned to winning ways with a courageous effort in the Listed De Vere Venues Atalanta Stakes.
Meehan flew the Frenchman Davy Bonilla over to ride his filly, who has not managed to show her best in Group One challenges but has looked a star on other occasions.
Bonilla helped her battle through the ground and almost hit the front too soon, but the line came in time with half a length back to Modeyra.
Completing a good day for the Manton trainer, Brevity was third.
"Davy said the ground wasn't an issue for her and he thought this trip of about a mile was right," said Meehan.
"It was a bit about finding out whether she should continue staying here or going to America, where her owner is based, and that's something we'll talk about.
"A Group One win is the most important thing and I would say the Sun Chariot at Newmarket is well within her scope.
"Brevity ran great after a year off, and so did Strawberrydaiquiri, so that was very good."