Owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, the three-year-old stepped forward from his promising reappearance second at Thirsk, relishing the return to seven furlongs to deny the William Haggas-trained Barjeel by half a length.

Having broken best of the five runners, Andrea allowed Sun Lover to stride on as a powerful North Sea gust subsumed the runners as they tanked down the home straight.

The focus turned to the two at the head of the market passing through halfway, with Paul Hanagan moving Barjeel up to challenge inside the final quarter mile.

However, Sun Lover kept finding for pressure to maintain his advantage, never looking like being collared inside the final furlong and winning with some authority come the line.

Congratulations to Andrea, who was riding winner number 100 for the calendar year. This is the third time he has achieved such a feat, but the first time he has done so at a very impressive strike-rate of twenty per-cent. 

A son of Oasis Dream from the family of Group 1 winners Misty For Me and Ballydoyle, Sun Lover is now set to be put away with a four-year-old campaign in mind.

Roger said: “Sun Lover is a big, powerful colt who has improved physically from his first run of the season. His two-year-old form is very good and he will start life in handicaps off a fair mark next season, with seven furlongs to a mile on fast ground likely to prove his optimum conditions.”