Roger Charlton's Bated Breath showed the big sprints at Royal Ascot may not be the Australian benefit many believed by smashing the Haydock track record in the Betfred.com Temple Stakes.
With Black Caviar set to bid for her 22nd victory from as many starts in the six-furlong Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Charlton was keen to test the water back at five furlongs with Bated Breath to see if he could avoid a potential clash with Peter Moody's wonder mare and instead aim towards the King's Stand.
Making just his second appearance over the minimum distance, the five-year-old was sent off the 2-1 favourite as he went in search of a deserved first Pattern-race prize, having been narrowly denied three times in Group One heats in 2011.
With George Baker taking over in the saddle from the suspended James Doyle, Bated Breath travelled supremely well down the middle of the track and when the tall rider asked his mount to quicken, the response was very impressive.
The only horse able to come out of the pack was last year's winner Sole Power, but try as he might, he could only get within a neck at the line.
Both the front two broke the Merseyside course record over the distance, with Bated Breath's winning time of 56.39 seconds shaving around three-quarters of a second off the previous best set by Fleeting Spirit in this race in 2008.
Charlton said: "He showed terrific speed, I feel sorry for Sole Power but we beat the right horse.
"He never had cover, if we can find a five-furlong race with real speed and cover he will be even more impressive.
"I'm just so pleased for the horse, he'd never won a Group race before and deserves this, he's so consistent.
"I'll have to talk to connections but I would suggest the King's Stand.
"That would be more sensible than taking on the Aussie mare (Black Caviar).
"I hope Peter Moody is watching!"
While the King's Stand would now appear Bated Breath's main objective, Charlton did not totally rule out running his charge in both sprints at Royal Ascot.
He said: "It's too early to even think about that (running in both King's Stand and Diamond Jubilee Stakes)."
Sole Power's trainer Eddie Lynam was gracious in defeat and is looking forward to a rematch with the winner at Ascot.
He said: "He's run a corker, he's broken the track record and didn't win. We've just run into a very good horse on the day.
"Paul (Hanagan) was delighted with him and we'll take the winner on again in the King's Stand."