Bayan and Davy Condon battle their way to a win in the LadbrokePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Bayan bags Ladbroke cash for Elliott
Report: Ascot, Saturday
The Ladbroke (Grade 3) 2m, 4yo+
Sent off a 14-1 chance, Davy Condon's mount was bustled along to take third turning in and after jumping into the the lead at the final flight, he had just enough left in reserve to score by a neck.
The win was an emotional one for Condon on what was only his third ride back after suffering career-threatening injuries in a horror fall at Cork in August.
"It is unbelievable," he said. "I didn't think I was going to make it back but I had good people around me and Gordon was so loyal to me."
Condon, who fractured three vertebrae in the middle of his back, added: "It was my toughest injury so far. I was in a lot of pain and I'm still not 100 per cent fit. I rushed to get back and this win will bring me on."
Of the winner he said: "He was idling a bit in front but he starts well and has real stamina. He is tough and he responded."
Tom Scudamore had been determined to grab an immediate lead on Balgarry and the pair stayed at the front until the top of the home straight with the challengers lining up behind.
Shelford was first to make his move for last year's winning team of Dan and Harry Skelton, with the ante-post plunge horse Activial travelling well in behind. But the pair were swallowed up by the first two home and had to settle for the minor places with topweight Garde La Victoire finishing fifth.
Condon became the latest big-race winning jockey to pay a high price for breaking the whip rules He was hit with a 15-day suspension and a fine of £3,150 for landing the £84,405 first prize. Twiston-Davies was suspended for four days for using his whip ten times after the last.