Michael Appleby enjoyed the biggest success of his training career when his bargain-basement buy Art Scholar won the Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster.
Picked up for £600 at the Ascot Sales in the spring of last year, the five-year-old was a spare ride for Franny Norton, who replaced the ill Darryll Holland.
And the Liverpudlian produced the 20-1 shot to perfection inside the final furlong to beat Communicator by three-quarters of a length, with Voodoo Prince a length away third and Samba King fourth.
Newark-based Appleby, celebrating his 37th winner of the campaign, said: "Darryll wasn't very well so we got Franny.
"I bought him at Ascot Sales for £600. He came from Gary Moore and was rated 49 when we got him. I'd been watching him at Brighton in April last year when he was behind one of my horses over seven furlongs. On breeding I thought he'd stay a mile-two and a mile-four.
"He's improving and I think he'll be even better next year. I ride him out and he's a character. We might take him out to Dubai in the winter."
Norton said: "It's the last big handicap of the year, so it's nice to get it in the bag. I knew nothing about the horse. It was a late spare ride. It all unfolded nicely for me. When I asked him to go, he did it well.
"It's been a good year. I got a lengthy ban, we got over that and it's ended with a bang."
Norton completed a double in the final race of the Flat turf season, taking the Betfred 'The Bonus King' Handicap on Tartiflette (10-1) for trainer Ed McMahon.
2 September 2014Demuro booked for Moon Arc prep
Chicquita nears return
Murphy excited by Purse
Surprise Matron aim for Tapestry
Maguire nearing racecourse return
Estimate among bumper Cup entry
Maguire hails 'fantastic' Peddlers
Balding staying grounded with Park
Culloty joins Leger Legends
Regard among September possibles
Cox takes Haydock plunge with Love
Paddy gunning for Chepstow
Athenian has sales date
No hurry for Cape call
Mirza on Abbaye trail
1 September 2014McCain salutes retiring Peddlers
Seven Towcester meetings go to ARC
Further checks for Condon
Due set to miss Sprint date
Condon 'stable' after Cork fall
Queen rules supreme for Smith
River eases to debut success
Carla tops it up to four
Atzeni strikes on Cappella
Ocean team want Haydock rain
Big time beckons for Orange
Palmer aims high with Aktabantay
Hills ponders Dutch gameplan
31 August 2014Atzeni strikes on Cappella
Imminent return Likely
Logic on comeback trail
Dan edges closer to Mile high
Keane error costly for Unrequited
Notarfbad makes all in Mildmay
Orange enjoys Big win
Fabre strikes with Fintry
Akta in late Solario swoop
Icon takes starring role
Pearl fires home in Bullet
Shortall suffers injury setback
Tent team consider chasing
30 August 2014Keane error costly for Unrequited
Shepherd's sent to Tower
Time will tell for Charlton
Stack filly Alive to chance
Sansevero sent to Tower
Palmer plots Solario success
Fabre has high hopes for Fintry
Belardo team keen on Champagne
Rigueur targets Chester consolation
Native in hunt for Bullet gains
Arc still target for Taghrooda