Sixties Icon leapt to the head of the betting for the Ladbrokes St Leger with a resounding victory in the BGC Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Jeremy Noseda's progressive colt had finished seventh in the Derby before a running-on third at Royal Ascot. On the strength of those runs, he was heavily backed from an early price of 11-4 into 7-4 favourite to record his second career win in the race registered as the Gordon Stakes.
He justified the support in style as Frankie Dettori brought him with a smooth run to hit the front more than a furlong from home.
The son of Galileo and Oaks winner Love Divine soon stamped his authority on the race and drew clear to beat Jadalee by a length and three-quarters, with another half-length back to Linas Selection.
Newmarket trainer Noseda said: "He's improved dramatically from the beginning of the year and I think there is a little bit more improvement to come. The St Leger has been the aim since the Derby and we'll keep going forward with that in mind. He'll love the mile and six furlongs, he'll get every yard and I think he'll be a better horse over that distance."
Ladbrokes make him their 4-1 favourite to take Britain's oldest Classic while Coral and Paddy Power also go 4-1 while Stan James and VC Bet price the colt at 7-2. William Hill went 5-1 before cutting his odds to 7-2.
Noseda is keen to get another run into Sixties Icon before the St Leger on September 9.
Iffraaj atoned for his unlucky defeat in the July Cup and gave Godolphin their biggest win of the summer when running away with the Betfair Cup (Registered as the Lennox Stakes).
Sheikh Mohammed's opera-tion saw Dettori set the 6-4 favourite alight in the final two furlongs.
The well-backed favourite pulled away to win four lengths ahead of Jedburgh, with Assertive a further head back in third.
Iffraaj had been entered in the Sussex Stakes over a mile but connections elected to run their charge over the shorter trip, although a first try at eight furlongs was not ruled out by racing manager Simon Crisford. Stan James introduced the six-times winner into their betting for the Breeders' Cup mile at 8-1.
Dettori made it a 33-1 plus treble on Chataway in the Turf Club EBF Maiden Stakes while Enticing won after a pulsating finish to the Betfair Molecomb Stakes.
T he William Haggastrained youngster was locked in battle with Wi Dud throughout the final furlong of the Group Three dash but the judge announced Michael Hills' mount as the winner, the photo revealing that the 3-1 favourite had beaten Kevin Ryan's colt by a whisker.
Mark Johnston, the leading trainer at Glorious Goodwood, saddled Crosspeace to a narrow success in the opening Sportsman Newspaper Stakes. The four-year-old had been without a win this season in ten attempts.