Here Comes When relished the heavy ground to end a 13-month lean spell in the Unibet Mile at Haydock.
The Andrew Balding-trained eight-year-old last tasted success when lowering Ribchester’s colours in similar conditions in the Group One Sussex Stakes in August last year, and returned to form with another admirable display.
Regal Reality made the running, but gave way at the business end where Here Comes When (3-1) was delivered by Oisin Murphy to grab the race and go on to win by a length from Circus Couture.
Regal Reality was a length and a half away in third place.
The winning trainer’s wife, Anna-Lisa Balding, said: “He’s a superstar and he’s loved by everybody at home. We’re so thrilled.
“The great thing about ground like this is that it’s a hindrance to the others.
“We all know that and everyone else knows that. It’s not rocket science and it’s great for the Hays (owners) who are great supporters of ours.”
Murphy said: “He relishes that ground. Obviously he won a Sussex Stakes in 2017 on this sort of ground, so I fancied him.
“He’s a legend. He’s a very ease ride and very tough.”