Petrol Power claimed his second straight feature win when he proved too strong for rivals in the $125,000 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (1400m) at Ascot.
The result of the Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) two weeks ago, in which Petrol Power beat Sujet, was expected to be reversed, with the latter starting a red-hot $2.20 favourite.
But courtesy of a brilliant ride from Jason Brown, Petrol Power ($2.90) got the better of Sujet and held on late to beat Shades Of Rio ($8) by half a length.
Moet Me ($21) charged home to finish third.
Sujet, at his second start, over-raced in front when Petrol Power sat outside him and poured the pressure on. He faded to finish eighth.
Trainer Jim Taylor heaped praise on Brown for his winning ride.
Taylor said Petrol Power will be freshened for the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1200m) early next year.
“He’s been good Petrol Power,” Taylor said.
“He won the Initial Plate and then ran in all the good races at two.
“He’s probably the only decent two-year-old that’s come back.
“I think he’s a Magic Millions horse. That’s about eight weeks away.
“The 1200’s his pet distance. He only just gets 1400.”
Earlier, trainer Dan Pearce claimed his first feature win when promising three-year-old Newton Prince won the $100,000 Aquanita Stakes (1800m).
Newton Prince ($3.60) pressed his claims for the WATC Derby (2400m) when he ran on from sixth to beat Balmont Girl ($3.50) by half a length.
Vital Edition ($3.80), trained by Pearce’s brother Ben, finished third.
Pearce trained placegetters of features such as the WA Guineas, Karrakatta Plate and WA Sires’ Produce Stakes.
“It’s good to get the monkey off the back,” Pearce said.
“All credit to the horse.
“He’s a stayer in every way.
“He’ll have a freshen up and now and come back for a Derby prep.”
Jockey Peter Knuckey suffered a knee injury before the start of the Aquanita when he was thrown from Moonsearch.
He was forced off his rides for the rest of the meeting.