Rare Rhythm followed up his Royal Ascot success after being off the track for a year with a resounding performance in the John Smith’s Silver Cup at York.
Godolphin’s five-year-old took the step up from the mile and a half of his Duke of Edinburgh Stakes win up to a mile and five furlongs in his stride.
High Jinx set a steady pace before even-money favourite Barsanti came through to make his challenge, but he was quickly joined by Rare Rhythm (9-4).
Charlie Appleby’s runner soon saw his rival off to win in good style by two and three-quarter lengths, giving James Doyle a Listed triumph before he sits out 10 days due to a whip suspension.
“It was a good performance at Ascot after a long lay-off and his work had improved from what Charlie was telling me,” said Doyle.
“The signs were good. We were just a little worried he might bounce, but he took the race so well. Charlie thought he had improved for it and he obviously has.
“He stayed the trip very well and when the other horse joined me I knew my fella would find a bit.
“He won cosy in the end.”
Appleby’s assistant James Ferguson said: “He proved at Ascot he was a strong traveller and James said he appreciated the ease in the ground.
“He’s just outstayed them, which opens up a lot more options. The task today was to see if he did stay. He ran at Ascot as though he would stay and we thought he could if he settled him.
“Charlie and Sheikh Mohammed will decide what to do. There aren’t any solid options at this stage.”