Brian smart made Maze his first ever Epsom Derby entry and the 2008 renewal is on the horizon, after the youngster made a winning debut in the opener in front of a big crowd at sunlit Gosforth Park in Newcastle last night.
With a Robbie Williams Tribute Band performing after racing, it was music to the Hambleton trainer's ears when the Dr Fong colt under Royston Ffrench dug deep to master pacesetter La Chicaluna and score by half-a-length.
Maze is one of 47 two-year-olds in his trainer's care.
"He has pleased me from day one and will now take his chance in the Chesham at Royal Ascot," said Smart, who has had a youngster in the winner's enclosure at each of the last two Royal meetings.
Gallileo Figaro, a daughter of Derby winner Gallileo, made a successful bow for Neil King, defying top-weight in the two-
mile handicap by a neck under Kevin Darley.
Runner-up Kristiansand, who met trouble in the final two furlongs, finished strongly but just failed to get there in time.
The winner was bought to go hurdling. "There are no suitable races for her at present so I brought her here to see if she could break her duck on the level," Newmarket trainer King added.
"She is my first Flat runner at Gosforth Park though I have
sent a jumper here before."
There was a 100/1 shock winner of the 10-furlong maiden race.
Newcomer Bogside Theatre streaked to a six-lengths victory in the hands of apprentice Andrew Elliot.
"She is a big weak filly but she has shown a fair bit at home without really being asked a serious question, and I advised the owner to risk £10 each way on her," revealed trainer George Moore, who had news of his 2006 Northumberland Plate winner Toldo.
"He is back in strong work after having cell treatment to his tendons and he should be back in action before too much longer," revealed the Middleham handler.
Local owner Mike Browne is away in Spain enjoying a golfing break and missed his black and white colours being carried to success by Best of The Lot.
The five-year-old was partnered by Pat Cosgrave earlier on the mark at Musselburgh.