Great White Shark secured the most significant success of her career to provide trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Jason Watson with back-to-back victories in the Together For Racing International Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket.
Having teamed up to take the race prestigious two-and-a-quarter-mile prize 12 months ago with Stratum, the pair combined to good effect once again as the well-supported 9-2 favourite made light work of testing conditions.
Buried among runners for much of the contest, the grey mare, who finished 10th in last year's race, steadily worked her way between rivals before being produced by Watson to mount a challenge approaching the final quarter of a mile.
As those around her toiled, Great White Shark galloped on in resolute fashion to defeat top-weight Summer Moon (16-1) by three lengths and complete a hat-trick of wins in the race for Closutton handler Mullins.
Takarengo (50-1) was third, with Not So Sleepy (10-1) back in fourth.
?? It's all about the shark!— Newmarket Racecourse (@NewmarketRace) October 10, 2020
Great White Shark eats them alive in the Together For Racing International Cesarewitch Handicap under @Jason7Watson1 ??
It's a third consecutive success in the big one for @WillieMullinsNH! pic.twitter.com/soGTHD6fbp
Watson said: "I couldn’t go early on in the race. It’s always tough as everyone is trying to get in a position they want to be in and I was a bit worried I was a bit too far back. There was so many horses in front of me I wasn’t too sure where I was.
"I spoke to the boys back home in Ireland, Willie and Paul Townend, and they just said keep her travelling as she loves being pushed along into the bridle and passing horses. They said keep her where she is happy as she will stay all day, and you know coming from Willie Mullins they will be fit and go through this ground and I had the horse for it."
One Ruler (5-1) resumed his progression with a decisive success in the Emirates Autumn Stakes.
After finishing third behind subsequent Royal Lodge scorer New Mandate in a Listed contest at Doncaster last time out, the Charlie Appleby-trained Frankel colt bounced back to winning ways in the Group Three prize.
Racing over a mile for the time, he showed a smart turn of foot in testing conditions to cross the line a length and three-quarters clear of Van Gogh.
Winning rider William Buick said: "Charlie was always adamant he would want the mile, but at the end of the day he has got a turn of foot. The combination of stepping up to a mile and running in this ground for the first time was always a bit of a worry, but he saw it out very well.
"I think it was a real good performance as he was last off the bridle and showed a real turn of foot in that ground as well. We know he is better on better ground so it is a lovely performance.
"It was the right race for the horse so you are hoping it goes well, but a lot of the horses have never been on that ground before.
"I think he will get further, but for the moment he is a miler. I think he will get a mile and a quarter."
Lone Eagle (16-5) fuelled Derby dreams for the Martyn Meade team with victory in the Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes.
The Galileo colt demonstrated the best of his battling abilities in the Group Three contest, making his first attempt over a mile and a quarter a winning one.
Racing in the front pair throughout, he showed stamina is very much his forte when forging clear late on to defeat his Sandown conqueror Recovery Run by a length and three-quarters, completing a hat-trick of wins for the season.
?? The eagle has landed— Newmarket Racecourse (@NewmarketRace) October 10, 2020
Lone Eagle makes all up the stand side to win the Group Three @godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes under that man @SilvDSousa riding for @MMeadeRacing ?? pic.twitter.com/YnMI4IaJZj
Assistant trainer Freddie Meade: "He showed a great attitude to knuckle down and get the job done. With the ground the way it is you don't want to be too far away.
"He has been headed in the past over shorter trips and battled back so I was always positive he would have enough to get on top in the end. We spoke back at Goodwood and we thought this might be a target so I’m glad it has come off.
"I think we have to dream of a Derby campaign first and see where we go on the way to that. Whether we look at a Derby trial and then we can always rethink if things change.
"I think that will be him for the year as he has progressed nicely and will have a well-deserved break."
Fozzy Stack got more than he bargained for after Lady Wannabe (28-1) gained a breakthrough first Pattern-race victory in the Darley Stakes.
The daughter of Camelot built on her Listed win at Listowel last time out when prevailing by a length and three-quarters in the Group Three contest under Jamie Spencer.
Stack said of the winner: "She had won two Listed races at home and we came over hoping to get a little bit of Group form on her page and we ended up getting a big bit of Group form.
"She is not very big but she is very tough. It is great for Jamie as we go back a long way and he has had a tough year.
"I'll talk to Tom (Gaffney, joint owner) about whether she will run again, there is probably not much left for her to be honest."