Soldier's Tale foiled an Antipodean sprint whitewash and gave trainer Jeremy Noseda the proudest moment in his training career when producing a power-packed display in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The injury-plagued six-year-old nailed Australia's Takeover Target by a head in the Group One sprint to deny the raiders from Down Under a double following Miss Andretti's success in the King's Stand Stakes on Tuesday.
Johnny Murtagh's mount responded well to a first-time visor and raced up from mid-division to stay on and grab glory at the highest level on just his eighth career start.
Takeover Target, who had finished fourth in the King's Stand, was prominent throughout and gamely repelled all-comers until being swallowed up by Soldier's Tale.
Noseda was ecstatic afterwards, and many of those who packed into the final day of the meeting would have been delighted too, with the winner having been backed from at all rates from 20-1 down to 9-1 at the off.
And for Noseda the win was a very personal moment in his career with the horse he calls `spam' - due to his out-hanging tongue - having come within minutes of death twice.
The Newmarket-based trainer said: "I think it might be my best day. It is a very special day in my life and I see this horse as a special friend. I just adore him.
"He's been a horse with countless problems and we've got him back for this. He's such a tough horse and a brave horse. He deserves it.
"His owner Sid Belzberg lives in Canada and he deserves this for his patience and I should give a huge `thank you' to the whole team at home for getting him back to win this. It's a fabulous, fabulous day.
"He's had countless fractures, colic surgery and pieces of his stomach removed. He has to have a special diet as he finds it hard to digest.
"We live in fear all the time of him getting colic again, but he's such a special horse. He's a fighter as he's been at the point of having to be put down twice.
"He's my favourite horse in the yard and I love him to bits. I love him for his heart, and 99 horses out of 100 would have given up with the problems he's had, but he has a will to live and a will to win."
Maraahel displayed the battling qualities which have been a hallmark of his 2007 campaign with back-to-back victories in the Hardwicke Stakes.
Jockey Richard Hills had taken the six-year-old to the front early in the home straight and, although Scorpion and Mick Kinane closed, they were always being held, going down by half a length, with Mighty two and a half lengths back in third.
Dark Missile proved a bombshell for apprentice William Buick when giving the jockey find of the season his first Royal meeting success in the Wokingham Handicap.
The filly's neck verdict over Intrepid Jack was also a first for trainer Andrew Balding.
Balding's plan to train the Jeff Smith-owned Dark Missile specifically for this prize was brought to fruition by a canny ride from Buick, 18, the eldest son of former multiple Scandinavian champion jockey Walter Buick.
With the main action in the centre, Buick allowed his mount some rein approaching the distance and left enough in reserve to resist the challenge of Intrepid Jack by a neck. It was a length and a half back to Balthazaar's Gift, with Something fourth and 4-1 favourite Zidane seventh.
Bryan Smart had a third Royal Ascot juvenile success in as many years when Maze (11-2) survived a stewards' inquiry after beating Pegasus Again in the Chesham Stakes.
The winner edged left well inside the final furlong and hampered fourth-placed Ramona Chase.
Jamie Osborne saddled his second winner of the meeting when Enjoy The Moment landed the Queen Alexandra Stakes in the hands of Jamie Spencer.