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O'Brien junior, riding his first Group One winner in Britain, said: "I thought I was on the best horse in the race and he never really came off the bridle.
Champion jockey Tony McCoy was in the plate and was impressed enough with Local Hero - he never came off the bridle - to suggest a trip down to Cheltenham to test himself against better horses.
First off the bridle, as soon as Winston pulled him into the middle of the track he picked up in style to deny the prolific Tillietudlem another win by a length and a quarter.
You're off the bridle quickly and just hope you get the run - I changed positions about four times looking for the run," said Hughes.
Andrew Turnell's five-year-old does not always find as much as his supporters would like off the bridle - but he may not come off it at all if repeating his recent second in a hot event at Ascot.
However, Salouen toyed with the 4-11 shot and didn't have to come off the bridle to win.
It looked a good move as turning into the straight he had all his rivals off the bridle, including the eventual winner, who was hard at work a long way out.
He's a big, green and laid-back kind of a horse, so he finds plenty off the bridle.
Walsh - who had bruising around an eye after getting cut from a fall in midweek - guided Paul Nicholls' French recruit a long way clear without coming off the bridle.