Holloway Boy powered home on his racecourse debut under Danny Tudhope to take the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Karl Burke.
The strapping Ulysses colt took apart his 13 rivals in what looked a strong renewal, the 40-1 chance cruising in behind early pacesetters Alzahir and Aidan O’Brien-trained Alfred Munnings, yet he had a bit to find when Pearling Path (80-1) eased to the front approaching a furlong out.
Tudhope had every move covered on the Nick White and Elaine Burke-owned colt, however, and he went on to score by a length, with Lakota Sioux (33-1) a further length and a half back in third.
Alfred Munnings was uneasy in the market beforehand and having had every chance, he dropped away rather tamely.
Wow! An impressive run on debut from Holloway Boy to take the Chesham Stakes with a late surge 🚀 pic.twitter.com/4bCeK01k6N— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) June 18, 2022
"That was one hell of a performance. Time will tell, but to do that first time he has to be a bit special," said Burke.
"He’s been backward and we were going to Musselburgh but he tweaked a muscle. So we entered him for this thinking it would be a nice day out.
"It was a first runner for the owners, let alone a first at Royal Ascot, and he couldn’t blow a candle out."
Noble Truth (4-1F) broke smartly and overcame his keen-going nature to tough it from the front in the Jersey Stakes.
Having won this race last year with Creative Force, Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby earned back-to-back renewals, thanks to an enterprising William Buick ride.
Find, who blew the start, ran a huge race in defeat, staying on nicely under David Egan to be a length second, with Dubai Poet a neck behind in third having just tired in the final half furlong after seemingly cruising.
Buick said: "You saw today compared to Noble Truth’s last run, when he was still a colt, that he was much more professional.
"He has so much energy and today he was able to channel it in the right direction. He’s got lots of speed, but today I was able to ride him a little bit while in the past I have been a passenger on him."
Top-weight Rohaan (18-1) became the fifth horse to record back-to-back Wokingham Handicap successes as Ryan Moore threaded the eye of the needle to take the six-furlong cavalry charge.
The David Evans-trained four-year-old has to be produced late and Moore bided his time, knifing through a gap near the stands side between Popmaster and Mr Wagyu to score by three-quarters of a length under a hands-and-heels ride.
The victory secured the 38-year-old his ninth Royal Ascot top jockey award following his seventh victory of the week, with Popmaster a gallant second. Jumby stayed on well for third, with recent Epsom winner Mr Wagyu just getting tired in the closing stages, having looked a threat with a furlong to race.
Evans said: "Ryan knew what to do and instilled confidence into the horse.
"I felt from two out the result was never in doubt. It was a fantastic performance.
"He's a cut above them on his day. He’s had his problems, but he was ready."
Moore said: "On this horse I knew from two and a half out that he was coming right back to form and that he was going to win.
"He felt like the horse of old and all credit to David for getting him there."
Missed The Cut (5-2F) looked a Group horse in a handicap as he completed a hat-trick in facile fashion in the Golden Gates Stakes.
The fast-improving Quality Road colt gave Australian jockey James McDonald a third win of the week, as he drew readily clear approaching the furlong marker.
His four-and-a-quarter-length beating of Asgoodassobergets handed young Classic-winning trainer George Boughey a second Royal Ascot winner of the week. Sun King and the staying-on Groundbreaker secured minor honours.
MISSED THE CUT makes no mistake to surge through and win the Golden Gate Stakes 🏆 pic.twitter.com/Pie9XUez0H— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) June 18, 2022
Boughey said: "He's a smart horse and had been working very well. James was very complimentary about him and said he had a nice sit two off the rail. He was never going to have traffic problems from there.
"He’s a horse that could run around the world. As his pedigree is half dirt, he’s a horse with a huge amount of potential.
"He is the first horse who walked into the yard with a pedigree like that and his work has suggested that he is pretty smart.
"It means the world, it really does."
McDonald was clearly impressed, saying: "Missed The Cut is a very good horse. He is very unassuming and went about his business in a relaxed manner.
"His turn of foot when I gave him a bit of rein, he really accelerated. He’s got some boot."
Stratum (10-1) gave Willie Mullins a fourth success in the Queen Alexandra Handicap, as the nine-year-old secured successive renewals of Royal Ascot finale.
Favourite Wordsworth set the pace under Ryan Moore – who rode Stratum 12 months ago – but he did not see the marathon trip out and was a spent force with a furlong to race as both Calling The Wind and Reshoun threw down the gauntlet inside the final furlong.
Yet the Tony Bloom-owned Stratum, who was first off the bridle under William Buick, showed guts aplenty to sluice past both in the final 300 yards, giving the rider his fifth winner of the week.
In the end, the partnership had a length to spare from Reshoun with Calling The Wind a head further behind in third.
STRATUM wins back to back Queen Alexandra Stakes, giving William Buick his 5th win of the meeting! 👏— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) June 18, 2022
A thrilling end to a thrilling week 🙌 pic.twitter.com/g1N1yvyyMS
Mullins said: "Towards the end it was just a case of William finding the gaps and coming through horses, but in all honesty his last piece of work didn't suggest he would do that.
"It wasn’t as good as I’d expected, but when I saw him before the race in his box he looked like a horse that had enjoyed a few days away.
"That’s put his novice chase campaign on hold and I think he will keep running in staying races on the Flat."
Buick said: "He won the race last year, and Willie said to me before the race, pick one horse off at a time, fill him with confidence and he’ll finish well. Once I switched him inside and I got the run, and the others were probably stopping a little bit, he really motored home."