Sir Ron Priestley returned to victory after defeating Al Aasy in the Princess of Wales Tattersalls Stakes Championship in Newmarket.
Franny Norton became fully dependent on Mark Johnston’s 5-year-old, half-brother of the Gold Cup winner subjectivist.
There were two furlongs to run, and Sir Ron Priestley was being ridden-but not as strong as the high ground, the latter fell off.
Al Aasy, who has the highest odds, is usually a very smooth traveler, leaving the reins earlier than usual, but still brave enough to challenge them when they encounter rising ground.
In the typical Johnston style, Sir Ron Priestley continued to fight the rails-but Jim Crowley still had to demand everything from Al Assi.
However, as the finish line approaches, it is clear that Al Aasy is facing a very determined opponent and he has to be second again-just like he did in the Coronation Cup held in Epsom last month .
Sir Ron Priestley (100-30) won with a neck advantage.