Christophe Lemaire (pictured) had Mandour, at 9/4, well poised going into the Sandown Hill but there was plenty of ground to make up at the finish.
But Luca Cumani’s Afsare (9/1) had gone a touch early, allowing Mandour to close the gap and win by three quarters of a length.
Excess knowledge (10/1) came in third.
The Coral Dragon Stakes at Sandown was won by Ambiance (7/2), with 3/1 joint favourites Survived and Fine ‘n Dandy run out of it to fourth and fifth.
Langavat (4/1) was second, and Majestic Alexander (5/1) third.