Improving three year-old gelding Respondent (3g Haradasun x Avenida Madera, by Metal Storm) turned in a career best performance to win the Listed WATC Lex Piper Stakes at Ascot on Saturday beating the hot favourite Ihtsahymn.
Prepared by Grant Williams, Respondent charged home to win the 1600 metre feature by more than a length, his second win from just eight starts.
A homebred for Peters Investments, Respondent is the best of three winners from Group II winning Metal Storm (Fr) mare Avenida Madera.
Respondent has a two year-old full sister and Avenida Madera was covered again by Haradasun last year.
Respondent is the third stakes-winner for Haradasun, whose oldest progeny are four year-olds.