A Listed contest better known as The Leisure Stakes has fallen to three-time Group One winner The Tin Man twice in the last three years, including on his reappearance 12 months ago.
But on his seasonal return once again, James Fanshawe’s seven-year-old could finish only third as Dream Of Dreams instead followed up last month’s all-weather success at Chelmsford.
Ryan Moore had the 11-4 second favourite positioned midfield early, disputing third of six, before making his move to lead inside the final furlong and stay on for a one-length win ahead of Glorious Journey – with a further length back to The Tin Man.
It was a result which extended the winning trainer’s outstanding form, following Stoute’s big-race treble – including victory in the Group One Lockinge Stakes with Mustashry – at Newbury on Saturday.
Moore, who also rode Dream Of Dreams to victory at Chelmsford, predicts further success for the improving five-year-old who was placed in four successive Group races last season.
“He’s won nicely on both occasions, and was very unfortunate not to win his Group race last year,” Moore told Sky Sports Racing.
“I think he’s definitely an improved horse – and with a bit of luck, he’ll make the breakthrough. I thought it was a really good performance today.
“He’s in a good place mentally, moved nicely, is doing things right – and he’ll be winning at a higher level, with a bit of luck.”
Dream Of Dreams has a Diamond Jubilee Stakes entry at Royal Ascot next month – a race in which he may well face a re-match with The Tin Man.
Fanshawe was not too downbeat after his 11-10 favourite had lost his 100 per cent Windsor record, attempting to concede 7lb and upwards to all his rivals and having to switch wide off the rail to make his vain effort.
The Newmarket trainer said: “Obviously he was a short-priced favourite – but he had that 7lb penalty tonight, and he’s not the easiest to get fit at home.
“The ground has been so firm, and we’ve only been on the grass (gallops) a couple of times.
“I’m sure he’ll progress from that, and the most important thing is he had a nice introduction and a race under his belt.
“I hope to have him in top form for Ascot.”