Threat added gloss for his CV as he took the step up in his stride.
The Richard Hannon-trained kid has been among the main lights of the scene this season, before hitting the target at the Gimcrack Stakes finishing second at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood.
Keen through the first phases of this Group Two affair and burdened with a 3lb punishment, he loomed large filled with running two furlongs out, even though Royal Crusade was on the premises and did not go down without a struggle and settled down.
The pair battled it out during the final stages, but the favorite always seemed to be holding the hand and at the end had a throat to spare, but as the line approached, despite jinking to his straight.
Hannon explained:”If you see what he does in your home you think,’how good is he?’ , but on track he does what he has to do. He had a penalty that is 3lb there and it was comfy.
“He’s a stallion for your Thompsons (Cheveley Park Stud) today, which will be important – he has won 2 Group Twos.
“He is in all the end-of-season Group Ones and we will just see where he ends up. We’ll work back from the Guineas.”
Charlie Appleby was delighted with the attempt of Royal Crusade, whose previous run was in a novice event at Nemwarket last month.
He explained “The winner, because you can tell from the way he drifted, only has the encounter. For only the second run of his career, I’m delighted. For a couple strides after he struck on the front I thought that he was going to triumph.
“He lost nothing in defeat, and it was a wonderful jog and William (Buick) said he revealed a wonderful bit of class and he must not have any difficulty with a mile next calendar year.
“He’s in all the nice races in the close of the year and we are going to make a call within another week or 2.”

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