Owned by Craig Bennett’s Merry Fox Stud, the son of Exceed And Excel was travelling smoothly on the heels of the leaders as the tempo reached fever-pitch, but he briefly found himself caught in a pocket and it looked as if a well-timed challenge would bear no fruit.
Harry, however, remained cool under pressure, sticking his horse’s nose in a gap and asking his mount to take the daylight on offer.
Thankfully, he had a willing partner underneath him, Spanish City quickening up between horses to loom ominously on the quarters of Buccanneers Vault, who led the nine-strong field at the half-furlong marker.
Spanish City only had to be nudged out to get the better of Michael Dods’s charge, winning by a cosy neck to supplement his Windsor maiden win earlier in the season, a race in which he had subsequent Group 3 winner Just Glamorous a length and a quarter in arrears.
Roger said: “Spanish City is a progressive horse and he handled the all-weather surface well. The return to six furlongs did no harm either and given how lightly raced he is, there will hopefully be a good bit more to come from him.”