Frankie Dettori hailed Palace Pier as “a true champion” after his steed stormed to victory in the Lockinge Stakes in Newbury.
Dettori could afford a long look before breaking free from the 1-2 favorite, with Lady Bowthorpe a second and a third in the Top Rank.
“He’s a beast, I love him,” said Dettori, 50, after winner on Palace Pier, formed by John and Thady Gosden.
Meanwhile, John Leeper staked a Derby claim with a win at Newmarket.
The horse trained by Ed Dunlop, and named after his late father John, now has a 7-1 chance for the Epsom Classic on June 5 after winning under William Buick.
Buick can partner Hurricane Lane, winner of Dante Stakes in the Derby, which raises the prospect of Hollie Doyle – who won with John Leeper in her previous round – of having the chance to be the first woman to win the big race.
In Newbury, Palace Pier offered Dettori his third win of the season after 1,000 wins in Guinea and the Chester Cup.
“He’s a real champion and I love him so much,” said the jockey.
Kentucky Derby winner runs despite drug scandal
Medina Spirit was cleared to race on Saturday despite failing a doping test after winning the Kentucky Derby.
The Bob Baffert-trained colt has passed pre-race testing ahead of the Preakness Stakes, which takes place at 23:57 BST at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland.
It was announced on Sunday that Medina Spirit had tested above threshold for anti-inflammatory drugs betamethasone after the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 1.
Baffert has denied any wrongdoing.
The chiefs of races wait for the result of a second sample before deciding whether the horse should be disqualified.
The controversy has been big news in the United States, with former President Donald Trump declaring, “So now even our Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit, is a junky. It is emblematic of what is happening to our country. “
Baffert first said he had no idea how betamethasone got into the horse’s system, then said the substance could be in a medicated ointment to treat a rash on Medina’s skin. Spirit.
He also leads the concert tour in the Preakness, which is the second stop of the US Triple Crown, alongside the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.