War outguns York rivals
Declaration Of War caused a minor surprise in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York, in which Toronado was a distinct disappointment.
Since winning the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, Declaration Of War had finished behind Al Kazeem in the Eclipse and Toronado at Goodwood.
Since then he has even been to France to contest the Prix Jacques le Marois.
While Declaration Of War has not run a bad race all season, it still took a leap of faith to see him turn the form around with Al Kazeem and Toronado.
But Joseph O'Brien always appeared to look the most comfortable jockey and he saw off Irish Derby winner Trading Leather by a length and a quarter at odds of 7-1.
Al Kazeem, the 11-8 favourite, was third, but Toronado was in trouble a long way from home and was never a factor.
The winning jockey, Joseph O'Brien, said: "I'm not sure if it was as much of a surprise to us as it was to a lot of people. In the Eclipse it was probably my fault. James (Doyle on Al Kazeem) got first run on me. I was only getting involved in the last 100 yards and it was all over.
"This lad is tough and hardy. He's been running consistently well and a mile and a quarter on hard ground suits him lovely. He travelled very well, relaxed great and toughed it out to the line.
"We always thought you could drop him back in trip to six or seven furlongs. He was left in the Nunthorpe until the very end. Obviously five (furlongs) would have been a bit sharp for him, but he is hardy and handles fast ground very well."