Europe’s richest Flat handicap left was a benefit for the punters rather than the bookies here on Saturday as Fujaira Prince, the 11-2 favourite, powered clear of his field inside the final furlong to land the first prize and win the Ebor by half a length.
Glencadam Glory (25-1) finished second with Nicky Henderson’s Verdana Blue (9-1), more familiar to backers as a Grade One-winning hurdler, back in third.
Andrea Atzeni quickly settled Fujaira Prince towards the head of the field and his mount responded well when asked for a finishing effort inside the final two furlongs.
“You can put him anywhere in a race and that makes life a lot easier,” Atzeni said as he returned to unsaddle. “Before he won at [Royal] Ascot, he hadn’t run for a year. He won nicely that day and we’ve come on here and it’s a great race to win.”
Roger Varian’s six-year-old was cut to 20-1 (from 40-1) by Paddy Power for the Melbourne Cup in November.