Limato was expected to be the star of the show at Haydock on Saturday only to have his unbeaten bubble burst by Adaay in the 888sport Sandy Lane Stakes.
Henry Candy’s Limato had twice beaten the 6-1 winner during his five-race streak and unsurprisingly it was that pair emerging to fight out the finish of this newly-upgraded Group Two affair.
However, it was Adaay who produced a one-length win for William Haggas and the pair could now clash again at Royal Ascot.
The winning trainer said: “He will now go for the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot.”
Candy was pleased with Limato in defeat, but felt underfoot conditions may have blunted his acceleration.
He said: “We just have to hope it warms up before Ascot.”
Veteran Kingsgate Native showed the young guns the way home in the 888sport Achilles Stakes.
Now a 10-year-old, he powered home by a length and a quarter for Graham Lee, but connections are likely to resist the lure of another Royal Ascot run.
Peacock, who is owned by the Queen, gave the form of ante-post Investec Derby favourite Golden Horn a timely boost after clinching victory in the winner.co.uk Fairway Stakes at Newmarket.
Having finished second behind John Gosden’s unbeaten colt on his previous outing, the Richard Hannon-trained winner stamped his authority over his rivals stepping up to a mile and a quarter in the Listed contest.
Clever Cookie posted an impressive success in the Stowe Family Law LLP Grand Cup at York but his attendance in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot is ground dependant.
New Bay finished with a flourish to provide Andre Fabre with a fourth victory in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly yesterday.
The Khalid Abdullah-owned son of Dubawi was settled in the rear by French champion jumps jockey Vincent Cheminaud for much of the extended mile-and-a-quarter journey and remained nearer last than first rounding the home turn.
Once angled wide to challenge, though, New Bay showed thrilling acceleration to run to the lead and was ultimately well on top as he passed the post under his jubilant jockey.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Khalid Abdullah, said: “The Arc or the great options of Juddmonte at York, the Irish Champion Stakes – there are plenty of very nice options.
“He certainly gets a mile and a quarter and it was soft ground, so would he get the 300 extra metres?
“We shall see.”
Haggas put the seal on a fine weekend as Muthmir overcame plenty of trouble in running to deny Catcall in the Prix du Gros-Chene and enhance his claims for the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.