Donjuan Triumphant lunged to claim a last-gasp success in the 32Red Gold Cup at Haydock.
The £90,000 contest was a late addition to the programme on Merseyside, replacing the prestigious Ayr Gold Cup, which was abandoned last Saturday due to a waterlogged track in Scotland.
The race had a different look to it seven days on, with a field of 17 rather than 25 going to post, but it was nevertheless a competitive heat.
The Andrew Balding-trained Donjuan Triumphant was a 13-2 chance in the hands of PJ McDonald, having bounced back to winning form at this circuit a little over three weeks ago.
Stake Acclaim who, like Donjuan Triumphant, was in the line-up at Ayr last week, looked set to prevail after kicking for home, but Balding's charge eventually wore him down and the pair flashed by the post almost as one.
After a brief wait, the judge confirmed Donjuan Triumphant had got up by a short head.
Ice Age and Mr Lupton were third and fourth respectively.