Prince crowned at Carlisle
Connections of Artful Prince believe there's more to come from the in-form three-year-old after he won a fourth race of the season at Carlisle.
The gelded son of Dutch Art has enjoyed a superb summer, with victories at Nottingham, Ayr and Yarmouth, but was well beaten over a mile and a quarter at Beverley last time.
But James Given's inmate is clearly not yet in thrall to the assessor after he stylishly returned to winning ways in division two of the Read racinguk.com/columnists Handicap.
Despite having been slowly away, Graham Lee's companion soon found his rhythm as Jonny Lesters Hair took them along a ferocious pace.
The early protagonists unsurprisingly wilted inside the final two furlongs, whereas Artful Prince was only just beginning to get going.
Lee took the lead a furlong and a half out and never looked like getting caught on the fair rail.
Polar Forest finished second, a length and three-quarters lengths behind the 5/2 favourite.
Lee said: "We missed the break, but that may have been a blessing in disguise. He's a horse who is on the upgrade and is clearly still improving. Hopefully he can win again."
Damaah had earlier cashed in on what looked a humble mark with victory in the Cheviot Nursery Handicap.
Mark Johnston's filly was rated just 58 following three undistinguished efforts in maidens, but was always in control on her handicap bow.
The 7/1 chance gained a clear-cut advantage a furlong and a half from home and did not have to fight too hard to keep Instant Attraction, the 100/30 favourite, at bay by two and a half lengths.
Deirdre Johnston, the Middleham handler's wife and assistant, said: "We were probably running her over a little too far earlier in her career. It was a very pleasing performance."
Johnston and jockey Joe Fanning later doubled up when Zumurudah (12/1) glided to victory in the Watch Racing UK On Sky 432 Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
Deirdre Johnston said: "She's a cracking-looking filly - a big, scopey filly and definitely one for next year. She's quite exciting."
Jockey Jason Hart continued his hot streak when he booted home Tectonic (6/1) in division one of the mile-and-a-quarter handicap.
Suitably inspired by a treble at Redcar on Tuesday, the 3lb claimer needed plenty of muscle to deny valiant runner-up Jordaura by a short head.
Vicky Valentine was some six lengths adrift in third place.
Stormardal (11/8 favourite) was a far easier winner of the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
Jockey Robert Winston enjoyed an armchair ride to account for All Talk N No Do by four and a half lengths.
Pacific Heights (9/4) also rewarded favourite-backers in the Comlongon Castle Handicap, while Confusing (9/1) edged out Border Bandit in the Bet & Watch With Racing UK's App Handicap.
Popular veteran Sirvino then returned from the wilderness to cause a 20/1 upset in the concluding Lloyd Ltd Handicap.