Owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, Ajman King broke his maiden here last year prior to winning the City And Suburban Handicap on his seasonal reappearance in April - the form of which has worked out pleasingly since - and he was justifiably installed as a short-priced favourite to take the winning streak to four off a revised handicap mark of 98.
Ridden positively from the gates by Andrea Atzeni, Ajman King was parked a little wide of the eleven-runner field as the early gallop proved a steady one, but on an afternoon whereby it was difficult to make up any significant ground from the rear this was a sensible tactical move at a course renowned for producing its fair share of hard-luck stories.
And as the tempo began to quicken rounding Tattenham Corner and the runners gravitated towards the stand-side rail it momentarily looked like Ajman King might succumb to the Epsom Gods, briefly having his momentum checked three furlongs from home.
However, he proved more than able and willing to navigate his way through the rivals who were coming back on top of him, storming into the lead with a quarter of a mile left to run, and despite Brorocco and Dark Red emerging from the pack to challenge, he asserted his authority in no uncertain terms to win by a comfortable two and three quarter lengths at the line.
A €130,000 Goffs Orby yearling purchase by Roger, Ajman King hails from a stout-staying family that includes high-class National Hunt performer Third Intention and with this success he elevated his career record to four wins from seven starts having only been out of the frame on his debut at Salisbury.
Roger said: “Ajman King is a progressive colt who has stepped forward with each run. He doesn’t want the ground too fast, but apart from that he’s an uncomplicated horse and he clearly handles this track well. I’m sure he will stay 1m4f, although there is probably no need to step him up in trip just yet, and we will let the dust settle before making a plan, although I suspect we will have to pitch him into a higher level next time.”