Jockey James Doyle felt Ballet Concerto was a worthy winner of the John Smith's Cup at York.
Sir Michael Stoute's charge tracked the leaders early on and did all that was asked of him at the business end of the race.
The gelding held on to win by three-quarters of a length on the Knavesmire, with Big Country second and Mistiroc completing the top three.
The four-year-old won at Doncaster back in April but had not returned to the winner's enclose since, finishing fourth in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot last time.
But he was to good for the field on Saturday and Doyle felt his mount proved that he can mix it with the big boys.
"He won it well. He's a horse I know a little bit, as I won a handicap on him at Yarmouth last year," he said.
"He's got a lot of talent. He's been a bit unlucky on his last few runs and hasn't quite had the rub of the green at Epsom and then at Ascot. It's nice to show what he can do there and stepping up in trip has definitely helped him."
Article Posted on Saturday 15th July 2017 @ 16.59
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