King Of Change ran out an authoritative winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
Runner-up to the reopposing Magna Grecia when a 66-1 shot for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in early May, Richard Hannon’s charge had made just one competitive appearance since – making a successful return from over four months off the track in a Listed event at Sandown.
Ridden confidently by Sean Levey, the 12-1 chance travelled strongly in midfield before quickening smartly to grab the lead with over a furlong still to run – and never looked in serious danger of being caught.
French raider The Revenant – bidding for a seventh straight win – did his best to close the gap late on, but King Of Change was ultimately well on top and passed the post a length and a quarter to the good.
Safe Voyage ran a big race to be best of the rest in third, ahead of the front-running Veracious.
Magna Grecia and the well-backed favourite Benbatl both toiled in the testing conditions and finished well beaten.
Popular team competition had been scheduled for August.
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Aga Khan-owned pair set for Classic engagements at the Curragh.
‘We can’t control what decisions Government make, but we are incredibly confident’.