Sea Lord has put on a show of determination to make just about all and defeat Godolphin's Invisible Man, in the Totesport Mile at Glorious Goodwood, giving Mark Johnston another victory.
From about a furlong out jockey Royston Ffrench swiftly got his mount out in front, as Johnston's only other starter, Tartan Gunna, was slow off the mark.
Also challenging were Aspectus and Mahadee, with last year's runner-up Spectait stuck out wide in the turn for the line.
Invisible Man had Frankie Dettori making the best of his good draw, as they came up to the last two furlongs, he moved his mount into a gap on the far rail and put the challenge to Sea Lord.
The two front runners were well clear of the remaining field when it seemed as if Sea Lord was going to be overtaken easily Invisible Man, but Johnston's runner showed stamina and speed to pull away for a victory by three-quarters of a length.
Getting into the event as first reserve was Webbow who placed third, with fourth place going to Proponent.
Johnston, who won the event the previous year with Laa Rayb, said, "We had a terrible dilemma with him, he's a little above handicap level and did we go for the handicap where you're in the hands of the gods but the money is a lot better, or did we go for the Listed race where he should be tomorrow. I'm glad it's worked out.
"We were very bullish about it but its bard to be too bullish in a handicap because they are very, very tough. Hence his entry tomorrow in the Listed race.
"It's great to have another winner on the board. We'll wait and see how he is and speak to the owner. I don't know whether he'll run tomorrow."
Wife Deirdre stated, "He's very tough, very game and has pulled out more all the way to the line."