BEST Solution registered a gritty success in the Group 2 Princess Of Wales's Arqana Racing Club Stakes at Newmarket.
Last seen finishing fifth in the Dubai Sheema Classic behind Hawkbill, Saeed bin Suroor's charge saw the trip out strongly as he held the determined challenge off the well-backed Mirage Dancer.
Having seen Charlie Appleby enjoy Derby and Royal Ascot successes this season for Godolphin, bin Suroor has been quiet by his standards, but appears to have a Group 1 horse on his hands once more.
Mirage Dancer stuck at his task gamely having looked in danger of being swallowed up, but he ultimately went down by half a length to the 6/1 winner, ridden by Pat Cosgrave.
"We gave him a break after he finished fifth in Dubai," said bin Suroor. "Today was the race for him, he'd been working well in the morning. There was a question mark about the ground before the race, but when I spoke to the jockey he said the ground was fine for him.
"I told him not to rush early, keep him relaxed, because whatever happens he'll improve a lot for this. I'm always looking for Group 1 winners, but Group 2s are all right.
"He's entered in the King George and the Juddmonte International, but I think the Irish St Leger might be next. I'll take to Sheikh Mohammed."