IN a season of undiluted success, St Mark’s Basilica once again proved the equine star producing another display of devastating speed to take the day’s marquee event on the opening day of Champions Weekend.

The small but select field that went to post for the Champion Stakes served up an exhilarating finish as St Mark’s Basilica (121) won his fourth Group 1 of the campaign with his trademark turn of foot proving the difference between winning and losing.