Unsung jockey Pat Dobbs enjoyed his first taste of Group One glory as Pether's Moon gunned down a couple of Gallic giants in the Investec Coronation Cup.
A top-level contest that was already thin on the ground in terms of numbers was further depleted following the morning defections of Ayrad and Romsdal, leaving a slightly disappointing field of just four runners to go to post for a prestigious event that has been won by such luminaries as Yeats, three-time victor St Nicholas Abbey and French hero Cirrus Des Aigles.
The prize looked sure to go back across the English Channel once more, with Alain de Royer-Dupre's stunning Dubai Sheema Classic heroine Dolniya opposed by last year's runner-up and old rival Flintshire, but Dobbs conjured a late rattle from Pether's Moon to beat them both.
Dolniya was the 8/11 favourite on her first start since her Meydan romp in late March and Christophe Soumillon aimed to make every post a winning one.
After shaking off Andre Fabre's Flintshire inside the last quarter-mile, she looked set to collect, but Pether's Moon stuck to his guns and quickened up between the French pair to prevail by a neck.
"He was very good," said Dobbs. "He's loads of ability, but he pulls up when he gets to the front. He's run some good races, he obviously handled the track and he loves fast ground."
Dobbs completed a memorable Derby Day double on the Amanda Perrett-trained Blue Surf (20/1) in the Investec Out Of The Ordinary Handicap.
Yorkshire-based trainer Paul Midgley had the biggest success of his career after Desert Law led home stable companion Monsieur Joe in the Investec Corporate Banking "Dash". Midgley feared Desert Law's chance had gone when he drew the widest starting berth of all in stall one, but the 16/1 shot was a comprehensive winner in the hands of Martin Lane, beating last week's York winner Monsieur Joe by a length.
The Michael Stoute-trained Stravagante (7/2) looked every inch a Pattern-race horse in waiting as he scythed down his rivals in the Investec Private Banking Stakes. Ryan Moore's mount showed thrilling acceleration to seal a three-and-a-quarter-length success in a race Stoute won with subsequent St Leger and Breeders' Cup hero Conduit in 2008.
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