JOHN Gosden’s Mahsoob had looked highly progressive in quality handicaps but the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Arqana Racing Club Stakes looked a rather different proposition and he started an uneasy 5/2 favourite before finishing sixth.

Michael Bell’s 25/1 chance Big Orange was the surprise winner of the day, making most of the running for Jamie Spencer to hold Second Step by half a length with Gospel Choir right behind. The latter went on briefly in the closing stages but Big Orange fought back and was not to be denied.