Lambourn trainer Owen Burrows recorded the first G2 win of his career as Massaat won the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday.
The win came more than a year after Massaat’s last racing appearance as he stormed to victory under Jim Crowley in the £150,000 seven-furlong race.
The four-year-old was sent off as a 12/1 shot, but ended up beating the 9/4 favourite Librisa Breeze by almost two lengths.
Burrows said: “I wasn’t expecting that, what a great surprise.
“Massaat had been working nicely but I thought he would be rusty. I was just looking to get him back on track but he has won impressively.”
Crowley added: “He loved the slower ground – I think it is important to him as he is a big horse and hits the ground quite hard. Going over seven furlongs on his first run back was great because he was a little bit fresh and free early on. He saw the race out well.”
Other winners on Saturday include Defoe taking the G3 Betfred Geoffrey Freer Stakes, while Hey Gaman won the Listed Denford Stakes and Squats the Betfred TV Ladies Day Handicap.