The former Darren Bunyan-trained Beat The Bank made a successful start to life in Britain when pipping Salsabeel in the EBF Stallions bet365 Conditions Stakes at Newmarket on Tuesday.
The 7/1 chance won on his debut at Dundalk in February for Bunyan but has since been transferred to Andrew Balding's yard.
Via Egnatia forced the issue as the field approached the dip, but he was headed by the eventual winner and 5/4 favourite Salsabeel inside the last of seven furlongs.
The latter was ill at ease once he hit the rising ground and lacked the maturity of the straight-laced winner, who was a neck too good for jockey Oisin Murphy.
Beat The Bank is now owned by Leicester City FC chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Tuesday's feature race was the Feilden Stakes which went to the John Gosden-trained Khalidi. The trainer won the same race with Golden Horn two years ago but stressed that today's winner is not in that class. "Something at Chester might suit him. He's a real genuine, sweet horse. I think we should step him up in trip and avoid soft ground. I wouldn’t be afraid to step straight up to a mile and a half.”
Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori went on to land a double when Jewel House took the seven-furlong Alex Scott Maiden, paying a compliment to his Doncaster conqueror Benbatl in the process.
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