Silvestre de Sousa found himself back in the limelight in the Godolphin blue as he gave Cavalryman a brilliant front-running ride to win the Princess of Wales's boylesports.com Stakes at Newmarket.
De Sousa has been marginalised in recent times since the operation has broadened its horizons in terms of the jockeys it uses, but the Brazilian showed yet again that his talent still burns brightly.
The race was supposed to be a stepping stone for Michael Stoute's Arab Spring to confirm himself on the big stage after his Royal Ascot handicap success, but he was ultimately disappointing back in fourth.
It was Arab Spring's stablemate Hillstar who was the biggest threat after Frankie Dettori made a positive move with fully half a mile to go.
While he was given every chance, he could not get past the veteran eight-year-old Cavalryman, who finished third behind Sea The Stars in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe of 2009.
Pether's Moon ran another game race back in third.
It was Cavaryman's first run since he just failed to win the Dubai Gold Cup on World Cup night.
De Sousa said of the 9-1 winner, who prevailed by a neck: "It wasn't the plan to make the running, but I had no choice and it was quite enjoyable for him to be in front, so I just let him do the work.
"He's a horse for a mile and six and two miles, so I was happy with the position I was in.
"He's very tough and genuine. He has been unlucky, but he's come back.
"I'm just delighted for him to come here and get his head in front."