KIEREN FALLON claimed one of the Chester May meeting's features for the second day in a row when Danadana recovered from a seemingly hopeless position in the Stella Artois Huxley Stakes.
The six-times champion jockey has been finding himself in demand again at the age of 48 and has always ridden the Roodee well, demonstrated by the way he forged Banoffee up the inside rail in Tuesday's Cheshire Oaks.
Danadana made large strides in handicaps last season but a Group Three looked a level too far around the first bend, when Luca Cumani's 100/30 favourite became detached at the back of the field, before Fallon started to get some response and moved back into contention.
Pulled wide with a furlong remaining, he charged past the leader Highland Knight and eventually passed the post a comfortable three-quarters of a length in front.
"In the last 10 days things have really picked up," said Fallon.
"I'm not doing anything different, I'm just getting the rides."
It rained solidly during the day, ruining many a ladies' day outfit as well as the ground itself.
Fallon went on: "He was spinning around the first bend and I didn't think he'd catch them up as quickly as he did.
"It was just the ground, it has rained and it has changed very quickly. I thought this was his level, but the way he has won that, he is still improving."
The trainer's son and assistant, Matt Cumani, said: "Royal Ascot will be the target, probably the Wolferton Stakes."
Bonfire, a Derby hope last year but now gelded, was a major disappointment in last and trainer Andrew Balding said: "We'll have to go over him from top to bottom."
Aidan O'Brien sent out his fourth MBNA Chester Vase winner in the last seven years with Ruler Of The World, a colt who fits the theme of his previous visitors.
The 10/11 favourite, a chestnut Galileo half-brother to Duke Of Marmalade, took a little while to be wound up by Ryan Moore but stretched six lengths clear of his rivals in the home straight and sent bookmakers' Investec Derby betting into some confusion.
Of the previous winners, Soldier Of Fortune won an Irish Derby and Treasure Beach was beaten just a head by Pour Moi at Epsom, Coolmore and Ballydoyle's primary candidate tends to emerge from one of the other trials.
Ruler Of The World's Classic odds range from 14/1 (Ladbrokes) to just 6s with Paddy Power.
Moore said: "He has a good pedigree and should have no problems staying (the Derby distance), but that's not to say the favourite (Dawn Approach) won't do either. Once I grabbed hold of him he lengthened really well. Going round here will have done him good."
Speaking on behalf of the owners was Derrick Smith's son, Paul, who said: "Aidan thinks quite a lot of him, he's been working well at home and we're really delighted with that.
"We thought he might be a little bit green and a little bit babyish.
"I think with the tight, turning track and the crowd, it was a good choice (of race) and it paid dividends."
Sir John Hawkwood (100/30) looked yet another example of a fine late-developer for Ballymacoll Stud and Michael Stoute as Moore helped him overcome a wide draw in the Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer Handicap.
Ballymacoll's managing director, Peter Reynolds, said: "He has improved since being gelded and we'd like to try him over a mile and a half.
"There's a really nice race in him."
Balding earmarked Royal Ascot for Here Comes When after his authoritative victory as 9/4 favourite for the Boodles Diamond Handicap.
"He's a very nice horse and you'd have to look at the Britannia now," he said.
A great week for Tom Dascombe's Cheshire stable continued when 13/8 favourite Fine 'n Dandy turned the Liverpool One EBF Maiden Stakes into a rout.
It was the second winner as a part-owner for Stoke City footballer Charlie Adam, who said: "It's my first time at Chester and that was really nice to see."
Dascombe will aim the juvenile for Sandown's National Stakes.
The diminutive Effie B (12/1) lugged a big weight in the Investec Structured Products Handicap while Tres Coronas (9/1) was on song in the Merseyrail Day Saver Ticket Handicap.