Mekong ploughed through the mud to land a facile success in the Read Luke Morris Blog At Unibet Handicap at Haydock.
Persistent rain meant conditions were testing on Merseyside, but that proved no problem to the Sir Michael Stoute-trained son of Frankel in the £100,000 contest.
Held up off the pace set by Natural History, Mekong (9-4 favourite) cruised into contention two furlongs out before pulling away to score by seven lengths from that rival in the hands of Ryan Moore. Elegiac was eight lengths away in third.
“He went through the ground. That was a big advantage,” said Stoute.
“He’s a promising staying horse. He’s been progressing of late.”
Stoute is no hurry to make plans for the three-year-old colt.
“Lets see how he takes this, because he’s had two races in 14 days,” he said.