Highest Floor made probably the most of getting his sights lowered with victory within the Sharnford Situations Stakes at Leicester.
Sir Michael Stoute’s colt appeared an thrilling prospect when making a successful debut on the Midlands venue on his solely begin as a juvenile – a idea which was given extra weight after he put the high-class Waldkonig in his place at Haydock 12 months in the past.
He was a narrowly overwhelmed favorite within the rescheduled Dante Stakes on his subsequent look, however disenchanted on his last begin of 2020 in Newmarket’s Darley Stakes and completed a great distance behind Waldkonig on his return to motion within the Gordon Richards at Sandown in April.
Confronted with simply 4 rivals, the son of Frankel was a 10-11 shot for his newest task underneath Ryan Moore.
Odds-on backers would have been sweating with a few furlongs to run because the admirable Outbox galloped on in entrance, however Highest Floor ultimately wore him down and handed the submit a size to the nice.
Alan Cooper, racing supervisor for owner-breeders the Niarchos Household, mentioned: “I ought to suppose that was a pleasant confidence boosting race.
“After his first run of this season, we found he had the equal of a sore throat afterwards. That was the explanation now we have given him extra time since, to let all of it clear up.
“It is good to see him again within the winner’s enclosure.”
Highest Floor holds an entry within the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday week.
When requested whether or not that Group Two contest was a possible goal, Cooper added: “I feel that was one of many concepts behind operating right now, to contemplate the Hardwicke.
“Let’s get residence and regroup with Sir Michael on the finish of the week and take it from there.
“We’ll see what Sir Michael and Ryan suggest and work out the programme.”