Owned by Nurlan Bizakov, Sultan Baybars defied his inexperience to overcome long-time leader Cinque Port in the seven-furlong juvenile maiden.
Settled in mid-division by Andrea, the home-bred Invincible Spirit colt, who is a half-brother to Group 1 winner Termagant, showed signs of greenness when the steady early tempo lifted in the final quarter mile.
However, he soon began to make sustained headway on the outside, leading inside the last and proving well in command close home, the margin at the line being a comfortable three-quarters of a length.
Roger said: “Sultan Baybars is a colt we like and I thought he did it nicely here. The early fractions looked steady and he was green when the race began to unfold, but he seemed in command at the line. I hope he is a horse to look forward to for Mr Bizakov.”
Later on the card, Tiercel broke his duck in the mile median auction maiden for three-year-olds and upwards.
Also ridden by Andrea, the son of Olden Times came into the race as the standard-setter with an official rating of 79, and he confirmed his superiority over the twelve-strong field by barely coming off the bridle in registering a length-and-a-quarter success.
Like Sultan Baybars, Tiercel is also home-bred as a product of Prince A A Faisal’s Nawara Stud, and he looks to have a bright future when heading back into handicap company.
Roger said: “Tiercel has always shown ability and I am delighted he has rewarded the patience shown by Prince Faisal. He should continue to prove competitive in better company and he will be a lovely horse next year.”