Ed Dunlop's "strange entry" for Trip To Paris in the Betway Chester Cup yielded a princely sum as the emerging stayer delivered a show-stopping performance on the Roodee.
Wins at Lingfield and Ripon, most latterly for the first time over two miles, convinced the Newmarket handler to throw the dice in one of the most keenly contested handicaps of the Flat season.
Cymro caused an almighty upset in the Homeserve Maiden Stakes at Chester as Sir Isaac Newton's Classic aspirations suffered a huge jolt.
Sir Isaac Newton, trained by Aidan O'Brien, had been trading at around the 12-1 mark to win the Epsom Derby on June 6 but he could only finish second as the 1-6 favourite.
TRES CORONAS (Chester, 2.10) has won on this day for the past two seasons and looks to have been primed to attempt to make it a sparkling hat-trick.
The 2015 Group 1 Qipco 2000 Guineas has 19 of the best 3yos slugging it out for their share of the £498,750 prize. But there is more at stake than money here, it is a huge springboard for these youngsters which will tell us everything about their classic credentials and indeed, which of these 19 has the X-Factor. So - who wins?