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Brian Ellison has had his horses in cracking form through the spring and the Malton trainer landed another big prize as Global Village claimed the Betfred Victoria Cup at Ascot.
Not surprisingly, the 24-runner field split into two groups through the early stages, and the far side was to prove the place to be in the richly endowed seven-furlong contest.
Dropped out early on, the Tadhg O'Shea-ridden Global Village (9-1) could be spotted making definite progress a furlong and a half from home and he saw his race out well to beat Bonnie Brae by three-quarters of a length. King Of Jazz was another length and a quarter away in third, with Brae Hill fourth.
O'Shea said: "He gets the trip well and it's a massive bonus when you handle these (soft) conditions. I wanted to hold on to him so I took him out a bit, but they went fast and Mr Ellison said he loves weaving through horses - it worked out well in the end. He's tough and is just what you want. He relishes a battle."
Aiken confirmed himself a stayer firmly on the up with a runaway success in the John Doyle Buckhounds Stakes. John Gosden's Selkirk colt ended last season with three wins on the bounce, and had carried on where he left off with victory at Epsom last month on his reappearance.
Settled in third, Ryan Moore momentarily looked in a spot of bother as he bustled the 2-5 favourite along rounding the home turn. However, all was soon well and he quickly picked the leaders up before rocketing clear at the two-furlong marker, winning in the end by 10 lengths from Tameen.
Moore said: "The race set up really well. He just went a little flat going into the turn but he picked up, he surprised me how well he picked up. He does everything right."
Making Eyes (11-2) showed guts in abundance in winning the Bovis Homes Fillies' Handicap for trainer Hugo Palmer and jockey Ian Mongan, and could return for the Hunt Cup at the Royal meeting.
The market proved an accurate guide as Show Flower, trained by Mick Channon, got off the mark at the sixth attempt in the John Doyle Maiden Stakes. Martin Harley's mount (15-8 favourite) took over from long-time leader Sir Maximilian at the furlong pole and was pushed out to score by a length and a quarter.
Channon and Harley made it a two-year-old double as Cay Verde (11-2) showed he had come on a bundle for his debut run when scooting clear in the McGee Group Maiden Stakes to win by two and a half lengths in the manner of a potentially smart colt.