Forest has Edge at Kempton
Hoof It blotted his copybook as the former top-class sprinter had to be withdrawn before his intended start at Kempton.
Mick Easterby's seven-year-old was poised to go off a hot favourite for the six-furlong Racing Post Celebrates 200,000 Social Followers Conditions Stakes but proved particularly troublesome beforehand, repeatedly rearing up.
It was no surprise when the starter lost patience and the field went without him.
Adam Kirby rode a smart race once the gates opened, soon getting the David Evans-trained Forest Edge to the front and setting a stop-start pace.
Once quickening to nick an advantage in the straight, the bird had flown and he had a comfortable two and a half lengths in hand of Rummaging and the running-on Ballista at the line.
The 7/1 chance was winning for the 13th time from 47 starts and for the eighth time on the all-weather.
Kirby told Racing UK: "It's all about the jump on this horse - when he's in behind he's a tougher ride
"It would have taken a good one to beat him today and I'm pleased for the horse."
Hoof It's withdrawal led to a hefty Rule 4 deduction of 45p in the pound.
An inquiry was held after the Like Racing Post On Facebook Handicap into the running and riding of the Gary Moore-trained Top Diktat, who finished seventh under apprentice Hector Crouch in a race won by Artistical.
After interviewing both the trainer's representative and the rider, Crouch was handed a 10-day ban having been found by the stewards not to have taken all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing.