Patience was the watchword, as those who have had to wait for success finally got their just deserts on a bad day for bookmakers at Ascot, where the first five favourites were successful.
Connections of Kynren (11-4 favourite) were celebrating as the five-year-old finally came good for the David Barron yard on rain-softened ground in the valuable bet365 Challenge Cup after a string of near-misses.
Ben Curtis always had the son of Clodovil in a good position in the seven-furlong event, and while the response may not have been instant when he pushed the button to go, he still drew clear of Greenside to record a half-length victory, with Escobar sticking on well, a further three and a quarter lengths back in third.
Kynren had been beaten narrowly in the Victoria Cup over course and distance, before being first home on his side of the track in the Royal Hunt Cup, only to finish a close-up fifth to Afaak.
Nicola Barron, the winning trainer’s daughter said: “It was about time, wasn’t it? I think the soft ground would have made everybody think that if ever he was going to win, today would be the day.
“I’m delighted. He really deserves it. I was reading some of the comments about him being second and third, and I got so annoyed.
“The one thing this horse would do would be to gallop through a brick wall for you. He is genuine – and if he’s not, what about the 20-odd horses who finish behind him every time?
“He is in the mile race here on Champions Day in a fortnight’s time and we will probably come back for that. I can’t see where else you would go at this time of the season.
“It was a toss-up between coming here today or going for the Listed race back at Redcar, but being a greedy Yorkshireman, the money won out!”
Silvestre de Sousa only returned from a spell on the sidelines on Friday, but enjoyed a double on his second day back in the saddle.
Having landed the Cumberland Lodge Stakes with Morando, he doubled up in the Listed Child Bereavement UK British EBF Stakes, as Di Fede justified 7-4 favouritism by a three-quarters of a length from Miss Celestial.
Di Fede’s trainer, Ralph Beckett, said: “This is her gig – a straight seven furlongs on soft ground. I thought she ran really well at the Royal meeting when we struggled to get her ready and she ran above herself (in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, when fifth).
“Things just really haven’t fitted into place since, but she is tremendously tough and game, and she is dead straightforward to train. She has got there because I haven’t stood in her way!
“We don’t have that many options left this season and she is probably going to be retired at the end of this campaign.”
The Michael Dods team made the 520-mile round trip from Darlington worthwhile with a first and last-race double.
Dakota Gold (15-8 favourite) continued his remarkable season, winning for the fifth time in six outings when taking the Listed UK Hi-Fi Show Live Rous Stakes in the hands of Connor Beasley.
Co-owner Doug Graham said: “We are living a dream this year. He’s won three major handicaps including the Great St Wilfrid, he’s won a Listed race at York, a Listed race here, he’s come second in a Group Three at Newbury, and all in the space of about 10 weeks.
“So, it has been a phenomenal performance by the horse, the trainer, the jockey, and Carol Dods (assistant trainer), who has to put him in the stalls. It has been a good performance all round.
“We might have one more race, but we will see how he is over the next few days. The only race left for him is November 9, in the Wentworth at Doncaster.”
Bookmakers will no doubt be toasting jockey Callum Rodriguez after he partnered Pendleton (6-1) to a neck victory over favourite Came From The Dark in the concluding McGee Group Handicap, preventing a clean sweep for market leaders.
Carol Dods said: “We have had a very good day. It has been lovely. Callum gave him a nice ride and the horse has been running well, so he deserved to get his head in front. It’s a long drive, but it was well worth it.”