Alcohol Free prevailed in a tight finish for the Group 1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
Andrew Balding’s filly was less exposed than most of her rivals in the six-furlong prize, but Oisin Murphy gave her a positive ride.
The champion jockey was happy to take up the running from favourite Miss Amulet at half way and she was there to be shot at running up the hill.
The previously unbeaten Dandalla moved into contention briefly, but her challenge petered away and it was Richard Fahey’s Umm Kulthum, a winner at Ayr last weekend, and Ken Condon’s Miss Amulet who gave Alcohol Free the most to do.
Despite having just the third run of her life, Alcohol Free showed a willing attitude and while Umm Kulthum challenged on her far side and Miss Amulet on her inside, Alcohol Free, a sustained late gamble, won by half a length and a head.
Owned and bred by Jeff Smith, the winner is by Coolmore Stud stallion No Nay Never.