Side Glance third at Monmouth
Andrew Balding's Side Glance finished third behind the former David Lanigan-trained Main Sequence in the United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.
Having his first start in America for Graham Motion, he had not run since finishing eighth behind Farhh in the Champion Stakes at Ascot in September.
Second in the Derby to Camelot in 2012, his victory earned him an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf.
Jamie Spencer adopted positive tactics on Side Glance, attempting to make nearly all the running and was only caught inside the final furlong as Main Sequence and Twilight Eclipse swept past.
Also in the race was the former John Gosden inmate, Ghurair, who finished sixth.
"He got quite sick over the winter, so we really waited until he was ready to run," Motion told Bloodhorse.com.
"(Jockey) Ravij (Maragh) did a great job with him. We didn't want him to get to the front too early and he has a tremendous turn of foot.
"Alan Cooper, the racing manger for Flaxman Stables (owners), was really confident in him, so we were hoping for the best."