It was only in the last stride that Michael Hills's mount poked his nose in front, and the winner will now be aimed for either the Prince of Wales's Stakes or the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
In Italy, the Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Single Empire, ridden by David Harrison, won the Derby Italiano in Rome. The German challenger Ungaro was second with Chapple-Hyam's other runner, Panama City, third, and Paul Cole's Badlesmere fourth.
Frankie Dettori won the first two races on the card on Rosaria Panatta in the Premio Duccia di Boninsegna and Stato King in the Listed Premio Nearco. Michael Jarvis was on target in the Listed WWF with Polar Prince.
Luca Cumani had a winner in Milan, where Barba Papa won the Premio Rovigo, while Billy Newnes, who is based in Germany, won the Group Three Laurent Perrier Meile at Baden Baden on the Bruno Schutz-trained filly La Blue.