Prince reigns in September
Prince Bishop (7/1) edged out 9/4 favourite Royal Empire as Godolphin dominated the totepool September Stakes at Kempton.
Saeed bin Suroor trained the first two home and Kieren Fallon in the red cap was aboard the winner. He was the only danger to his his stable companion at the furlong pole and produced a sustained challenge on the inside of the track.
Royal Empire tried to fend him off but in a driving finish went down by a head.
It was a further three-and-a-half lengths back to Main Seqence (4/1) in third. David Lanigan's charge, runner-up in last year's Investec Derby, never threatened to land a blow to the principals.
Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford said: "Royal Empire has run a great race under a penalty and Prince Bishop showed a great attitude and responded well to Kieren's urgings.
"Prince Bishop likes it here and likes cut in the ground so we'll just have to look out for another race for him.
"Royal Empire is a possible for the Melbourne Cup but it depends on sorting out the quarantine. He might run in the Cumberland Lodge first and then we will look at Australia."