SIR Ron Priestley (110) took the step up in grade in his stride when winning the Group 2 Betfair Exchange Jockey Club Stakes, making every yard of the running in the hands of Franny Norton.

Having missed all of last season, the son of Australia is certainly making up for that lost time and once again showed his effectiveness on fast ground proving too good for last season’s St Leger third Pyledriver (105).