There was a huge pay day for popular veteran Belgian Bill, who led home a British one-two in the local Group 2 France Galop – FRBC Anatolia Trophy at Veliefendi in Turkey today.

A field of just five went to post for this 1 ¼ mile contest on the Polytrack and as the field left the stalls, the other British raider Basem, stumbled, losing several lengths at the start.

The pace was relatively pedestrian and was cut out by local horse Cemcem, but as the field entered the home straight, Belgian Bill looked a big threat, while Basem made up ground down the outside.

It was Fergus Sweeney and the George Baker trained 8 year old who gained first run however, and Belgian Bill had plenty in hand over Basem at the line, to add to previous valuable victories in the Royal Hunt Cup, Betfred Mile and in Meydan.