Kieren Fallon believes it is just a matter of time before Afsare picks up a big international prize after his narrow reverse in the Arlington Million.
The Luca Cumani-trained five-year-old got agitated before the start, not helping his chance, and having been short of room at one stage ran on strongly to go down by a length and a half to Little Mike.
In contrast to the Cumani runner, the Dale Romans-trained winner enjoyed the run of the race up front.
Fallon said: "If I had broken properly, I could have sat behind. But because he was messing in the gates I didn't get the start that I wanted. I think it cost me the race.
"In the morning he is as good as gold and I don't know why he does that. He is tough, though.
"He is a good horse and there is a big race in him. I think I would have won if I had been closer. It won't be long before he wins one of these."
John Gosden's Colombian dead-heated for third under William Buick. The pair won the race two years ago when teaming up with Debussy.
Crackerjack King was fifth for Marco Botti, with Aidan O'Brien's former Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach in sixth and the Michael Bell-trained Wigmore Hall seventh.
Jamie Spencer, rider of Treasure Beach, said: "I got squeezed out at the start by William's horse, who jumped right. I wanted to be handy, but couldn't. But he ran a good race.
"It's the first time that he has shown his form this year. If things had panned out better he would have been in the three."
Botti believes the long journey took its toll on Crackerjack King, who had been fifth to Nathaniel in the Coral-Eclipse on his first start for the Newmarket-based Italian.
"There was not much between the third, fourth and fifth," said Botti.
"Unfortunately when he travels abroad it takes a bit out of him. He lost a little bit of weight and he was sweating in the paddock.
"That might be his form but he might be a few pounds better than that.
"He ran a respectable race and didn't disgrace himself, but I think the journey might have taken something out of him.
"We'll just see how he comes out of the race. We will get him back and then make a plan."