Channel Maker cruelly cut down Hunting Horn’s audacious front-running bid late on, to win the Grade One Man O’ War Stakes at Belmont Park.

Nine horses went to post for this one mile, three furlong contest on good ground.

From the gates it was an even break and Hunting Horn went on and led at a good pace into the first bend, with Epical 2 ½ lengths second and then came Channel Maker and Village King, with the field well strung out.

Hunting Horn and Michael Hussey headed into the back stretch with a three-length lead over Epical.

At the far turn, Hunting Horn was six lengths clear, with Epical under pressure.

He turned for home still miles clear, with Channel Maker and Magic Wand closing.

Channel Maker began to mow down the leader late on and Joel Rosario’s mount hit the front in the final 100 yards.

Further back Magic Wand closed but was one-paced and Arklow flew home down the outside.

At the wire, Channel Maker was a length to the good over Arklow, with Magic Wand third and Hunting Horn fourth.

The Bill Mott trained five year old is an established turf star in North America and was conceding weight to all of his rivals.