Royal Ascot 2013 – day five news



Day One, Tuesday, June 18


DECLARATION OF WAR (USA) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Joseph Allen) Aidan O’Brien IRE 4-9-00 Joseph O’Brien [6] 15/2


SOLE POWER (Sebena Power) Edward Lynam IRE 6-9-04 Johnny Murtagh [14] 8/1


DAWN APPROACH (IRE) (Godolphin) Jim Bolger IRE 3-9-00 Kevin Manning [5] 5/4 Fav


WAR COMMAND (USA) (Joseph Allen, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE 2-9-01 Seamie Heffernan [15] 20/1


WELL SHARP (JP McManus) Jonjo O’Neill 5-9-10 Fran Berry [16] 9/1


EXTORTIONIST (IRE) (Qatar Racing Limited) Olly Stevens 2-9-03 Johnny Murtagh [28] 16/1


Day Two, Wednesday, June 19


GALE FORCE TEN (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier) Aidan O’Brien IRE p3-9-01 Joseph O’Brien [4] 9/2 Fav


DUNTLE (IRE) (Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd) David Wachman IRE 4-8-12 Wayne Lordan [1] 10/3


AL KAZEEM (John Deer) Roger Charlton 5-9-00 James Doyle [9] 11/4


BELGIAN BILL (PJL, Cooper & Baker) George Baker pt5-8-11 James Doyle [6] 33/1


RIZEENA (IRE) (Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum) Clive Brittain 2-8-12 James Doyle [16] 6/1


ANNECDOTE (Tom Edwards & Partners) Jonathan Portman 3-8-07 Richard Kingscote [3] 11/1


Day Three, Thursday, June 20


NO NAY NEVER (USA) (Linda Shanahan & Ice Wine Stable) Wesley Ward USA b2-9-01 Joel Rosario [8] 4/1


RIPOSTE (Khalid Abdullah) Lady Cecil 3-8-12 Tom Queally [5] 9/2

3.45pm GOLD CUP

ESTIMATE (IRE) (The Queen) Sir Michael Stoute 4-8-11 Ryan Moore [5] 7/2 Fav


ROCA TUMU (IRE) (Roca Tumu Syndicate) Joanna Morgan IRE 3-8-12 Billy Lee [15] 20/1


REMOTE (Khalid Abdullah) John Gosden 3-9-00 William Buick [5] 9/4 Fav


ELIDOR (John and Julia Aisbitt) Mick Channon 3-9-00 Martin Harley [10] 20/1


Day Four, Friday, June 21


KIYOSHI (Qatar Racing Limited) CharlesHills 2-8-12 Jamie Spencer [20] 8/1


HILLSTAR (Sir Evelyn de Rothschild) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-12 Ryan Moore [8] 15/2


SKY LANTERN (IRE) (Ben Keswick) Richard Hannon 3-9-00 Richard Hughes [16] 9/2 Jt-Fav


FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE) (Susan Roy) Nicky Henderson 8-9-02 Johnny Murtagh [7] 12/1


LEADING LIGHT (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien IRE p3-9-04 Joseph O’Brien [5] 5/4 Fav


LIGHTNING CLOUD (IRE) (Hambleton Racing Ltd XVIII) Kevin Ryan 5-8-13 Neil Callan [32] 25/1


Fifth Day, Saturday, June 22, 2013


BERKSHIRE (IRE) (HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah) Paul Cole 2-9-03 Jim Crowley [21] 16/1


THOMAS CHIPPENDALE (IRE) (Sir Robert Ogden) Lady Cecil 4-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [8] 8/1


LETHAL FORCE (IRE) (Alan Craddock) Clive Cox 4-9-04 Adam Kirby [15] 11/1


YORK GLORY (USA) (Salman Rashed & Mohamed Khalifa) Kevin Ryan 5-9-02 Jamie Spencer [22] 14/1


OPINION (IRE) (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Herring) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-00 Ryan Moore [10] 8/1


CHIBERTA KING (The Pink Hat Racing Partnership) Andrew Balding 7-9-02 Jimmy Fortune [16] 8/1




Notions that Johnny Murtagh might cut back on riding commitments while grasping his new role as a trainer were consigned to the pending tray today.


Four winners this week at Royal Ascot enabled the Irishman to head a stellar cast in the race for QIPCO’s Top Jockey Award. Joseph O’Brien was runner-up with three winners, the same as Ryan Moore and James Doyle, but with more placings.


Murtagh said: “It’s absolutely terrific and I didn’t think it would happen at the start of the week. I had a few nice rides, but not enough of them, although things fell into place.


“Getting a double on day one gave me a great start, and then to complete it today with a winner for Lady Cecil made it all very special. It’s very competitive out there and the races are very fast and very true – the best horse will always win and I was on some nice horses. It’s the biggest meeting of all, so to win the title is wonderful.


“As a jockey I’m as hungry as ever – I’m really enjoying it and perhaps a bit more relaxed. Maybe the horses sense that. I would never doubt myself – I know what I can do, my record is there and I never try to do anything special. It might be a big day and some people might try and do a bit more, but no, the simpler I keep it the better the results. Maybe I’m getting a bit wiser as I get older.”


Asked if he would be visiting Britain less now he has a trainer’s licence, Murtagh said: “I’ll be travelling over when I’m needed. People may be looking from the outside thinking ‘Ah, he’s lost the hunger’, but I haven’t. I’m still Johnny Murtagh the jockey, and the training career is there when the jockey’s career dries up.


“At the start of the week I had two rides the first day and one for the rest of the week and I was thinking maybe they have forgotten me, but things got going and after this week maybe they will realise I’m still as keen as ever.


“The highlight has to be Sole Power for Eddie Lynam in the Group One King’s Stand Stakes, and, I don’t like saying it, finishing second in the Gold Cup [on Simenon behind The Queen’s Estimate] was devastating, but a great result.”




Aidan O’Brien took the QIPCO-sponsored Top Trainer Award at Royal Ascot 2013 by saddling four winners. He received his trophy from The Queen following the running of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.


O’Brien’s tally helped Irish stables to reap a record-equalling eight winners during the Royal Meeting, although none came on the final day.


In second place was Sir Michael Stoute, whose Newmarket yard sent out three winners, one more than Lady Cecil and Kevin Ryan.




Wins   2nd   3rd

Aidan O’Brien IRE  4   3   2

Sir Michael Stoute  3   -   3

Lady Cecil   2   1   1

Kevin Ryan   2   -   -

Richard Hannon  1   3   2

John Gosden  1   2   3

Wesley Ward USA  1   1   -

Charlie Hills   1   1   1

Clive Cox   1   1   -

Andrew Balding  1   -   1

Nicky Henderson  1   -   1

George Baker  1   -   -

Jim Bolger IRE  1   -   -

Clive Brittain   1   -   -

Mick Channon  1   -   -

Roger Charlton   1   -   -

Paul Cole   1   -   -

Edward Lynam IRE  1   -   -

Joanna Morgan IRE 1   -   -

Jonjo O’Neill   1   -   -

Jonathan Portman  1   -   -

Olly Stevens   1   -   -

David Wachman IRE 1   -   -

Richard Fahey  -   4   -

William Haggas  -   2   2

Alain de Royer-Dupre FR -   2   -

Saeed bin Suroor  -   1   3

Roger Varian  -   1   1

Marco Botti   -   1   -

Ed Dunlop   -   1   -

James Fanshawe  -   1   -

Mike de Kock SAF  -   1   -

Willie Mullins IRE  -   1   -

Alex Pantall FR  -   1   -

David Simcock   -   1   -

Chris Wall   -   1   -

David Barron  -   -   1

Ralph Beckett  -   -   1

David Brown   -   -   1

Henry Candy  -   -   1

Peter Chapple-Hyam -   -   1

Francois Doumen FR -   -   1

Mark Johnston  -   -   1

Ismail Mohammed  -   -   1

Fawzi Nass BAH  -   -   1

Tim Pitt   -   -   1



Wins   2nd   3rd

Johnny Murtagh  4   1   -

Joseph O’Brien  3   2   -

Ryan Moore   3   1   6

James Doyle  3   1   -

Jamie Spencer  2   -   4

Richard Hughes  1   3   3

William Buick  1   1   2

Tom Queally   1   1   2

Seamie Heffernan  1   1   -

Joel Rosario   1   1   -

Jim Crowley   1   -   1

Fran Berry   1   -   -

Neil Callan   1   -   -

Jimmy Fortune   1   -   -

Martin Harley  1   -   -

Richard Kingscote  1   -   -

Adam Kirby   1   -   -

Billy Lee   1   -   -

Wayne Lordan  1   -   -

Kevin Manning  1   -   -

Frankie Dettori  -   4   -

Paul Hanagan  -   3   1

Silvestre De Sousa  -   2   3

Tony Hamilton  -   2   -

George Baker  -   1   -

Kieren Fallon  -   1   -

Thierry Jarnet  -   1   -

Martin Lane   -   1   -

Christophe Lemaire -   1   -

James McDonald  -   1   -

Christophe Soumillon -   1   -

Andrea Atzeni  -   -   1

Mickael Barzalona  -   -   1

Thomas Brown  -   -   1

Joe Fanning   -   -   1

Cathy Gannon  -   -   1

Rab Havlin   -   -   1

Liam Jones   -   -   1

Graham Lee   -   -   1



Trainer Andrew Balding was already eyeing a return trip to Royal Ascot in 2014 after 8/1 shot Chiberta King recorded a narrow head victory in the final race of this year’s Royal Meeting, the Queen Alexandra Stakes.


The seven-year-old is often seen over hurdles during the National Hunt season but he landed the biggest race of his career to date despite jockey Jimmy Fortune losing his reins in the final part of the race.


Balding indicated that Chiberta King would be heading back hurdling this winter but was hopeful that he could come back here next year for another crack at this race.


“We’re delighted with that and it looked like Jimmy didn’t need his reins in the end!” quipped Balding.


“Jimmy is so strong in the saddle that I don’t really think it would have made a difference either way. He’s given him a peach of a ride and it’s nice to sign off the week with a winner as it’s been a tough few days.


“We might bring Chiberta King back again next year. I am so thrilled with the horse and for the owners because they are a great bunch.


“He is seven now and we bought him when he was yearling but he has been such a good servant and the lad, who looks after and rides him everyday, has done a fantastic job.”




Jockey Jimmy Fortune had to wait until the concluding Queen Alexandra Stakes to make the scoresheet for Royal Ascot this year when holding off Shahwardi by a head to score aboard Chiberta King.


“He’s a lovely old horse. He’s tough, he loves a battle, he stays well and he’s very genuine. He’s what you want,” said Fortune. “I wasn’t confident I was going to win until we got over the line because I was waiting for Frankie (Dettori on Shahwardi) to come and pounce as I knew he was aboard the class horse in the field. But luckily my fellow pulled out a bit more when Frankie got to me.


“Ironically, this horse normally makes the running but today they went off very quick and he wasn’t really going early but that has probably won him the race.  It’s been a long time coming but thank God we got a win.”


Frankie Dettori, who finished second on the 3/1 favourite Shahwardi, commented: “He (Chiberta King) just outstayed me. I was there to win but mine was empty and the winner was just a better stayer than mine.”


Reflecting on his week, Dettori added: “I have had some good rides – it is brilliant to be back at Ascot and I have had four seconds including three today.”


5.35pm Queen Alexandra Stakes

£60,000 total prize fund. For 4yo+, 2m 6f. Weights: 4yo colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 9lb; 5yo+ horses and geldings 9st 2lb; mares 8st 11lb. Penalties: after June 18th, 2012, each Class 3 race or Class 2 race won 3lb for each Class 1 race won 5lb (handicaps excluded the purpose of penalties) (penalties cumulative and maximum penalty 10lb). Penalty value 1st £37,350.00 2nd £11,184.00 3rd £5,592.00 4th £2,796.00 5th £1,398.00 6th £702.00.

1 CHIBERTA KING (The Pink Hat Racing Partnership) Andrew Balding 7-9-02 Jimmy Fortune [16] 8/1

2. SHAHWARDI (FR) (Tony Bloom) Alain de Royer-Dupre FR 7-9-02 Frankie Dettori [5] 3/1 Fav

3. SEASIDE SIZZLER (I Heseltine) Ralph Beckett 6-9-02 Jim Crowley [18] 16/1

4. FIRST AVENUE (Laura Mongan) Laura Mongan 8-9-02 Joe Fanning [13] 40/1

5. CLOUDY SPIRIT (Norma Harris) Andrew Hollinshead 8-8-11 Jimmy Quinn [15] 40/1

6. NO HERETIC (Fitri Hay) David Simcock 5-9-02 Jamie Spencer [19] 13/2

7. SOHAR (G B Partnership) James Toller 5-8-11 Kirsty Milczarek [12]

8. CUL BAIRE (IRE) (Mrs U Manning) Jim Bolger IRE 5-9-02 Kevin Manning [14]

9. MASHAARI (IRE) (P Martin) Brian Ellison 4-9-00 Kieren Fallon [1]

10. PALAZZO BIANCO (The Palazzo Bianco Partnership) Brian Ellison 5-9-02 Dale Swift [9]

11. COURTESY CALL (IRE) (Alan Spence) Nicky Henderson 4-9-00 Neil Callan [7]

12. RIPTIDE (Middletons) Michael Scudamore 7-9-02 Paul Mulrennan [4]

13. COSIMO DE MEDICI (Bevan, Doyle & Lawrence) Hughie Morrison 6-9-02 Richard Hughes [3]

14 AMERICAN SPIN (G Collacott & R Gadd) Luke Dace 9-9-02 Pat Dobbs [10]

15. JUNIOR (MiddlehamPark Racing LI) David Pipe 10-9-02 Ryan Moore [17]

16. STOPPED OUT (The Well Oiled Partnership) Philip Kirby 8-9-02 Daniel Tudhope [20]

17. YAZDI (IRE) (The Neardown VI) Charlie Mann 4-9-00 Silvestre De Sousa [11]

18. MAD MOOSE (IRE) (MiddlehamPark Racing XXXV & Partners) N A Twiston-Davies 9-9-02 William Twiston-Davies [2]

PU OCEAN’S MINSTREL (W McLuskey) John Ryan 7-9-02 Graham Lee


19 ran Non-runner: Meganisi (Bruised foot)

Time: 4m 51.49s  Distances: hd, 1½, nk, ¾, nk, ½, sh, 8, nk, 29, 39, 2, 4, 17, 11, 2½, 87

Breeder: Watership Down Stud, Breeding: 7 b g King’s Best (USA) – Glam Rock (Nashwan (USA))

Tote Win £10.60 Places £3.30, £2, £5.50 Exacta £32.30


Winning trainer:- Name: Andrew Balding Born: December 29, 1972 Based: Kingsclere Stables, Newbury, Berkshire Background: Son of former trainer Ian Balding, who retired at the end of 2002 having won the 1971 Derby with Mill Reef as well as a many other top races. Attended Radley College before obtaining a degree at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, during this time he rode as an amateur and spent working holidays with trainers Nigel Twiston-Davies and Dan Hendricks in California. After leaving Cirencester, joined uncle Toby Balding’s Fyfield Stables as amateur. In just over 100 rides he rode 20 winners under Rules, including The Horse and Hound Cup and The Moet and Chandon at Epsom. In 1997 joined Yorkshire based trainer Lynda Ramsden for two seasons. During this time he was closely associated with horses such as Nuclear Debate, Hawksley Hill, Bishops Court and Top Cees. The latter joined the Kingsclere team when Ramsden stopped training in 1998 and Andrew returned home assist his father. Andrew is now married to Anna Lisa who is personal assistant to Andrew’s sister Clare, the BBC racing and sports presenter. Classic Successes: (1) Investec Oaks (2003 Casual Look) First Winner: Easter Ogil, Bet Direct Football Cashbacks Classified Stakes, Lingfield, January 11, 2003 Other Major Wins: Canadian International (2003 Phoenix Reach), Dante Stakes (2012 Bonfire), Darley Oettingen-Rennen (2003 Passing Glance, 2012 Highland Knight), Diomed Stakes (2004 Passing Glance, 2012 Side Glance), Dubai Sheema Classic (2005 Phoenix Reach), Hong Kong Vase (2004 Phoenix Reach), Play The King Handicap (2005 Vanderlin), Samsung St Leger Yearling Stakes (2007 Dream Eater) Stakes (2007 Buccellati), St Simon Stakes (2008 Buccellati), Ormonde Stakes (2009 Buccellati), Sovereign Stakes (2011 Side Glance, 2012 Tullius) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Wokingham Handicap (2007 Dark Missile) Queen Alexandra Stakes (2013 Chiberta King) First Goodwood winner: Phoenix Reach (July 29, 2003 – Peugeot Gordon Stakes) Total Goodwood wins: 16 (6 at July Meeting) Number of horses in training (2003-2012): 114; 128; 133; 128; 120; 121; 136; 136; 147; 167 Wins in a Year (2003-2012): 54; 48; 40; 48; 39; 67; 68; 78; 70; 93 Wins in 2013: 39.


Winning jockey:-Name: Fortune, James Joseph. Date of birth: 14/6/72 Apprenticeship: With Mike O’Neill. English Classic Wins (1): Ladbrokes St Leger (2007 Lucarno) Big wins Include: Coolmore Matron Stakes (2009 Rainbow View), Darley Yorkshire Oaks (2009 Dar Re Mi), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (2009 Dar Re Mi), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2009 Virtual), Cheveley Park Stakes (2008 Serious Attitude), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2008 Raven’s Pass), Premio Vittorio di Capua (2007 Linngari), Sussex Stakes (2006 Court Masterpiece), Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (2004 Playful Act, 2005 Nannina), Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), Prix de la Foret (2001 Mount Abu), Racing Post Trophy (1998 Commander Collins) Royal Ascot Winners (15): Queen Mary Stakes (1999 Shining Hour), Royal Hunt Cup (2002 Norton, 2007 Royal Oath), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2003 Waverley), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea Bargain), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina), Wokingham Handicap (2006 Baltic King), Jersey Stakes (2007 Tariq), Windsor Forest Stakes (2007 Nannina), Norfolk Stakes (2007 Winker Watson), Ascot Stakes (2007 Full House), Ribblesdale Stakes (2008 Michita), Hardwicke Stakes (2009 Bronze Cannon), Tercentenary Stakes (2011 Pisco Sour), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2013 Chiberta King) Leading Rider at Royal Ascot: 2007 (5 wins) First Goodwood win: Fraam (Anne Frances Stevens Memorial Stakes, September 11, 1992) Goodwood winners: 71 (20 at July Meeting) Wins (1988-2012): 8, 29, 47, 32, 26, 25, 56, 46, 83, 78, 108, 94, 91, 71, 92, 46, 72, 95, 77, 110, 87, 73, 77, 67, 66 Wins in 2013: 17.



The members of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing were visibly overjoyed after 8/1 shot Opinion landed the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot this afternoon.


The four-year-old took up the running a couple of furlongs from home and although they had to fend off the challenge of Frankie Dettori aboard the 5/1 favourite Stencive, Sir Michael Stoute’s colt fought hard to register a gutsy victory.


Opinion had been the lead horse for the syndicate’s Investec Derby hope Telescope earlier in the season but he had his day in the limelight here and Highclere’s managing director Harry Herbert has some high hopes for his charge later in the season.


“We’re thrilled to bits with that as having winners at Royal Ascot is exactly what we’re about,” said Herbert.


“It is so exciting to have a winner and it’s the theatre of dreams. This was the last shot for us and we have had some excitements and disappointments throughout the week.


“Royal Ascot is best race meeting in the world and it is where everybody wants to win a race. When you go to the yearling sales that is where the seed germinates and every yearling we look at with John (Warren) he will say to me: ‘can this win a Classic or at Royal Ascot?’


“We have been incredibly lucky at this meeting and it is wonderful to have this success.”


“He was trained for this race by Sir Michael after doing the donkey work for Telescope earlier on this year.


“The Ebor (at York) is very much on the agenda now and we hope he could be good enough for the Melbourne Cup later on in the year.”


Jockey Ryan Moore was recording his third victory of the Royal Meeting aboard Opinion and he declared himself ‘satisfied’ with his performance this week.


“The race worked out very well and we were able to get a good spot. I filled him up for a long time and he stays very well – you could see that in the last furlong.


“The ground was fast on Guineas day at Newmarket and the track runs away from you for quite a while but the stiffer track here has helped him.


“I have to be satisfied with how the meeting has gone.”




William Haggas’s runners have been knocking on the door without winning all week at Royal Ascot and Stencive continued the trend when second to Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s Opinion in the concluding Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap.


“If it hadn’t been (Highclere managing director) Harry (Herbert)’s horse that won I would have been feeling differently but I’m delighted for Harry,” said Haggas. “It has just been one of those weeks this year but I’m chuffed to bits with how Stencive ran. I think the draw probably didn’t help him.”


Godolphin’s Usturia finished third and racing manager Simon Crisford commented: “He’s run a lovely race and we’re very happy with him but he was just beaten by two better horses.”



5.00pm Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap

£75,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+ rated 0-105 , 1m 4f. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; minimum weight 8-0. Penalties: after June 15th, a winner 4lb A winner of 2 races 7lb. Penalty value 1st £46,687.50 2nd £13,980.00 3rd £6,990.00 4th £3,495.00 5th £1,747.50 6th £877.50.


1. OPINION (IRE) (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Herring) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-00 Ryan Moore [10] 8/1

2 STENCIVE (Bernard Kantor & Markus Jooste) William Haggas 4-9-03 Frankie Dettori [20] 5/1 Fav

3. USTURA (USA) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-8-11 Silvestre de Sousa [6] 7/1

4. CARAVAN ROLLS ON (Qatar Racing Limited) Peter Chapple-Hyam 5-9-00 Jamie Spencer [17] 11/2

5. LAHAAG (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden 4-9-05 Richard Hughes [4] 15/2

6. SIR GRAHAM WADE (IRE) (Paul Dean) Mark Johnston 4-9-10 Joe Fanning [14] 16/1

7. BLUE SURF (John Connolly & Partners) Amanda Perrett 4-9-03 Pat Dobbs [1]

8. HAMMERFEST (Qatar Racing Limited) John Hammond 6-9-05 Jim Crowley [18]

9. SILVER LIME (USA) (Khalid Abdullah) Roger Charlton 4-8-11 James Doyle [19]

10. BEAUMONT’S PARTY (IRE) (Elliott Brothers And Peacock) Brian Ellison 6-9-00 Dale Swift [15]

11. COMMUNICATOR (Lady Davis) Andrew Balding 5-9-01 Jimmy Fortune [5]

12.HIGHLANDCASTLE (J Wotherspoon & W Harrison-Allan) David Elsworth 5-8-13 Liam Keniry [3]

13. ART SCHOLAR (IRE) (Mrs J Scrivens) Mick Appleby 6-9-01 Tom Queally [7]

14. HANOVERIAN BARON (Paul Moulton) Tony Newcombe 8-8-12 Seb Sanders [16]

15. DEIA SUNRISE (IRE) (Martin Hughes & Michael Kerr-Dineen) Paul Webber 4-9-02 William Buick [21]

16. BUCKLAND (IRE) (P McNally) Hans Adielsson 5-9-04 Nicole Nordblad (5) [2]


16 ran Non-runners: Rye House (Going), Voodoo Prince (Going), The Tiger (Going)

Time: 2m 31.30s Distances: 2, 2, 1, 1¾, 1¼, nk, ¾, nk, nk, 4, 1¼, ¾, 6, ½, 1

Breeder: Ballylinch Stud Breeding: 4 b c Oasis Dream – Kiltubber (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))

Tote Win £9.20 Places £2.30, £1.70, £2.20, £1.60  Exacta £50.40


Winning trainer:-Name: Stoute, Sir Michael Ronald Date of birth:22/10/45 Date of first licence: 1972 First Winner: Sandal, Newmarket, April 28, 1972, Turn Of The Lands Handicap. Previous Occupation: Served with Pat Rohan, Doug Smith and Tom Jones. Other information: Arrived in Britain from his native Barbados just before his 20th birthday and has won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham with Kribensis in 1990. Was the only trainer to win a British Classic in five consecutive seasons. Was awarded a knighthood in 1998 for services to tourism in Barbados. Has been champion trainer on 10 occasions: 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009 British Classic Wins (15):1000 Guineas (1989 Musical Bliss, 2003 Russian Rhythm), 2000 Guineas (1985 Shadeed, 1988 Doyoun, 1997 Entrepreneur, 2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Investec Derby (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light, 2010 Workforce), Investec Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1987 Unite), Ladbrokes St Leger (2008 Conduit) Irish Classic Wins (11): Irish 1,000 Guineas (1986 Sonic Lady), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1989 Shaadi), Irish Derby (1981 Shergar, 1983 Shareef Dancer, 1986 Shahrastani), Irish Oaks (1978 Fair Salina, 1986 Colorspin, 1987 Unite, 1988 Melodist (dh), 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka) Other Major Wins: Champion Stakes (1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Kalanisi), Cheveley Park Stakes (1980 Marwell, 1994 Gay Gallanta, 2000 Regal Rose), Coronation Cup (1992 Saddles’ Hall, 1993 Opera House, 1997 Singspiel, 2000 Daliapour, 2009 Ask), Dewhurst Stakes (1986 Ajdal), Coral-Eclipse (1993 Opera House, 1994 Ezzoud, 1997 Pilsudski, 2001 Medicean, 2007 Notnowcato), Falmouth Stakes (1983 Royal Heroine, 1986 & 1987 Sonic Lady, 1998 Lovers Knot), Fillies’ Mile (1985 Untold, 2003 Red Bloom), Haydock Sprint Cup (1986 Green Desert, 1987 Ajdal), Juddmonte International (1986 Shardari, 1993 & 1994 Ezzoud, 1997 Singspiel, 2006 Notnowcato), Darley July Cup (1981 Marwell, 1986 Green Desert, 1987 Ajdal), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1981 Shergar, 1993 Opera House, 2002 Golan, 2009 Conduit, 2010 Harbinger), Lockinge Stakes (1986 Scottish Reel, 1990 Safawan, 1995 & 1996 Soviet Line, 2001 Medicean, 2004 Russian Rhythm, 2006 Peeress), Nassau Stakes (1977 Triple First, 1984 Optimistic Lass, 1990 Kartajana, 1994 Hawajiss, 2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Nunthorpe Stakes (1974 Blue Cashmere, 1987 Ajdal), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1985 Shadeed, 1987 Milligram, 1989 Zilzal), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Sun Chariot Stakes (1977 Triple First, 1990 Kartajana, 2005 Peeress), Sussex Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady, 1989 Zilzal, 1998 Aomong Men), Yorkshire Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1985 Sally Brown, 1986 Untold, 1990 Hellenic, 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka, 2002 & 2003 Islington, 2004 Quiff), Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2010 Workforce) Major International Wins: Canadian International Stakes (1996 Singspiel), E P Taylor Stakes (1986 Ivor’s Image), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2004 Gamut, 2007 Mountain High, 2009 Spanish Moon), Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1986 Sonic Lady), Prix de l’Opera (1983 Royal Heroine, 1985 Bella Colora, 2000 Petrushka, 2003 Zee Zee Top), Prix Royal-Oak (2007 Allegretto, 2009 Ask), Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (2000 Greek Dance, 2008 Linngari), Grosser Preis von Baden (1996 Pilsudski), Hong Kong Bowl (1994 Soviet Line), Hong Kong Vase (2000 Daliapour), Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne, 1997 Pilsudski), Pretty Polly Stakes (2008 Promising Lead), Matron Stakes (2003 Favourable Terms, 2007 Echelon), Tattersalls Gold Cup (1992 Opera House, 2007 Notnowcato), Oaks d’Italia (1986 Ivor’s Image, 1988 Melodist), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 1997 Pilsudski), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Dubai World Cup (1997 Singspiel), Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2003 Islington), Breeders’ Cup Turf (1996 Pilsudski, 2000 Kalanisi, 2008 & 2009 Conduit) Royal Ascot Wins: 68 First Royal Ascot winner: Etienne Gerard (June 15, 1977 – Jersey Stakes) Major Royal Ascot Wins: Gold Cup (1978 Shangamuzo, 2013 Estimate), Coronation Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady, 1987 Milligram, 1998 Exclusive, 2003 Russian Rhythm), St James’s Palace Stakes (1989 Shaadi), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1981 Hard Fought, 1991 Stagecraft), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1985 Dafayna), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean, 2002 No Excuse Needed), Jersey Stakes (1977 Etienne Gerard, 1980 Hard Fought, 1989 Zilzal, 1997 Among Men, 2006 Jeremy), King Edward VII Stakes (1983 Shareef Dancer, 1991 Saddler’s Hall, 1994 Foyer, 2002 Balakheri, 2006 Papal Bull; 2013 Hillstar), Hardwicke Stakes (1986 Dihistan, 1991 & 1992 Rock Hopper, 2006 & 2007 Maraahel, 2010 Harbinger, 2012 Sea Moon) Other details: Champion trainer in Britain 10 times (1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009) Trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket Wins (1984-2012): 96; 120; 76; 105; 100; 116; 78; 81; 69; 64; 109; 72; 73; 84; 79; 81; 91; 75; 104; 115; 87; 95; 107; 113; 88; 99; 73; 53; 69 Wins in 2013: 37

Winning Jockey: Moore, Ryan Lee Date Of Birth: September 18, 1983 Background: Father Gary is a trainer, and brother Jamie is a successful National Hunt jockey. Ryan initially rode over jumps as well, notching his first success on Mersey Beat in an amateur riders’ event at Towcester on May 15, 2000. Switching to the flat, Ryan enjoyed his first success as a professional when winning aboard Marwell’s Kris for Belgian trainer E C Chopin in at Lingfield on January 16, 2002. Appointed as stable jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in December 2007. Champion Apprentice: 2003 (59 wins) Champion Jockey: 2006 (180 wins), 2008 (186 wins), 2009 (179 wins). British Classic Wins (3): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2012 Homecoming Queen) Irish Classic Wins(1): Irish Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy) Group One Wins: Jumeirah Dewhurst Stakes (2009 Beethoven), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by Betfair (2009 Conduit), Investec Coronation Cup (2009 Ask), Juddmonte International (2006 Notnowcato), Eclipse Stakes (2007 Notnowcato), Matron Stakes (2007 Echelon), Gran Criterium (2007 Scintillo), Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (2008 Promising Lead), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2008 Conduit), Audemars Piguet QE II Cup (2009 Presvis), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2009 Spanish Moon), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2009 King’s Apostle), Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2010 Workforce) Other Big Race Wins Include: Pride Stakes (2008 Crystal Capella), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (2007 Papal Bull, 2009 Doctor Fremantle, 2011 Crystal Capella), Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup (2009 Askar Tau), DFS Doncaster Cup (2009 Askar Tau), Railway Stakes (2010 Formosina), TNT July Stakes (2010 Libranno) First Royal Ascot Win: Colony, King George V Stakes, June 2008 Royal Ascot Wins (21): King George V Handicap (2008 Colony), Queen’s Vase (2008 Patkai, 2012 Estimate), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2008 Sugar Ray; 2013 Opinion), Hampton Court Stakes (2009 Glass Harmonium), Wolferton Handicap (2009 Perfect Stride), Wokingham Handicap (2009 High Standing), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall), Windsor Forest Stakes (2010 Strawberrydaiquiri), Hardwicke Stakes (2010 Harbinger, 2011 Await The Dawn, 2012 Sea Moon), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2010 Bergo, 2012 Simenon), Coventry Stakes (2011 Power), Chesham Stakes (2011 Maybe), Ascot Handicap (2012 Simenon), Britannia Handicap (2012 Fast Or Free), Gold Cup (2013 Estimate); King Edward VII Stakes (2013 Hillstar) First Goodwood win: Barbason (The News Amateur Riders’ H’cap, June 9, 2000) Goodwood winners: 95 (24 at July Meeting) Number of Wins 2000-2012: 6; 0; 39; 59; 132; 120; 182; 128; 192; 178; 138; 101; 116 Wins in 2013: 90



2012   2013   +/-   Percentage Difference

Tuesday  46,327  46,359  +32  +0.07%

Wednesday 38,652  38,758  +106  +0.27%

Thursday  60,294  61,954  +1,660 +0.30%

Friday  57,132  59,687  +2,555 +4.28%

Saturday  77,863  72,694  -5,169 -6.64%


TOTAL  280,268  279,452  -816  -0.29%

Charles Barnett, Chief Executive at Ascot, said: “It has been a remarkable, memorable and truly emotional week at Royal Ascot.


“Those here on Thursday to witness The Queen’s win with Estimate in the Gold Cup, which directly followed Riposte’s win for Lady Cecil, were present at one of the most special days British sport has seen.


“The quality of racing over the week is always unsurpassed as illustrated by both Guineas winners following up in the St James’s Palace Stakes and Coronation Stakes.


“As ever, this has been an international week with a third win for American trainer Wesley Ward the high point, through No Nay Never in the Norfolk Stakes. Shea Shea came very close to a first for South Africa in the King’s Stand Stakes. To have Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom at the meeting was very exciting, even if he was unable to show his form on his final run before retirement.


“Attendances have been very pleasing over the week, with increases every day apart from today primarily because the Silver Ring capacity has been reduced from 24,000 to 20,000 with comfort in mind.


“Even with the Silver Ring capped we have still broadly matched last year’s attendance.


“Hospitality has been strong and spend has been up over the week – indications are that some 3,000 more bottles of Champagne (total 54,000) and 1,000 more lobsters have been sold (total 3,000) than last year.


“Royal Ascot is always Flat racing’s showcase event and I hope that everyone who has visited or watched Channel 4′s excellent first production of the meeting, or indeed listened to BBC Radio Five Live’s extensive coverage, has enjoyed this unique week.”




There have been 400,000 unique visitors to the recently developed site over the five days (up 25% on last year)


The Royal Ascot App was the most downloaded sports App in the UK on



Facebook and Twitter engagement is up 35% on last year


Recycling (including food waste) is up to 54% of the 250 tonnes disposed

of over the week (from 44% last year)



Trainer Kevin Ryan will step York Glory up to the top level after fulfilling one of his career ambitions by capturing the Wokingham Handicap.


“The Wokingham is a race I’ve always wanted to win,” said Ryan. “And I wanted  this fellow to win a good handicap before going up to the next level. He’s always been a Group horse running in handicaps and he could be even better over five furlongs – we’ll look at the Nunthorpe and Prix de l’Abbaye.


“There was always going to be a big day in York Glory and I have been saying that for long enough. I hope a good pal of mine at home, Denzel, has had a few quid on him because he has followed the horse all along and said last week he would win the Wokingham.


“The horse has always been very talented and Jamie (Spencer) texted me 10 days ago asking me if he could ride him. Jamie has great faith in the horse and so does Neil Callan.”


York Glory was bought for $57,000 as a yearling at Keeneland by Bahrain owners Salman Rashed and Mohamed Khalifa and Ryan added: “It’s great because the owners are here and it’s actually the first time they have ever seen the horse. They have come over from Bahrain to watch him.”


Owner Mohamed Khalifa continued: “It’s wonderful. We thank Kevin Ryan and his team because they have done a brilliant job with this horse. I have been looking forward to this race for some time now because I thought he would win.”




Jockey Jamie Spencer rode his second winner at Royal Ascot 2013 when York Glory won the Wokingham Handicap.


Spencer did not hide his delight as his partner crossed the line, giving a windmill wave with his whip and beaming broadly when returning to the winner’s enclosure.


He said: “They went slow for a Wokingham and I was travelling too well early on even, although I had cover. It took me a while to settle him but I knew at halfway when some of them started dying that I was always going to get there.


“I ended up having to a go a little bit sooner than I wanted to because the gaps were there. He’s always been a high-class horse and everything fell into place today. He’s been running consistently all season and this track suited him. On this surface, he could grab hold of the ground and quicken.


“I am really good friends with Kevin Ryan and [bloodstock agent] Stephen Hillen, who bought the horse, so it makes it extra special.


“I rang up for the ride on this horse myself so David Harrison [his agent] will struggle to get his wages.”

Reflecting on events at Royal Ascot 2013 and his role as first jockey to Qatar Racing, Spencer said: “It’s a tough week but all our two-year-olds, apart from Beldale Memory, ran well and that is important.”



TrainerCharlesHills was very happy with the performance of runner-up Shropshire after he finished a length-and-three-quarters behind 14/1 winner York Glory in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot this afternoon.


The 12/1 shot has improved in leaps and bounds since being gelded last year and his handler thinks he will win a big sprint handicap before the year is out.


“We’re really happy with that and it looks like he’s finally grown up as he’s starting to put a run of really good performances together,” said Hills.


“I’d like to think he’ll win one of these big sprint handicaps before the year is out. Michael (Hills, former jockey and brother of Charles) thinks he’ll win the Ayr Gold Cup as he’d ideally like to get his toe in a bit more.


“He’ll more than likely head to the Stewards’ Cup (at Goodwood) next but all the big sprint handicaps over this sort of trip will be on his agenda.”


Henry Candy was also very pleased with the run of 22/1 shot Dinkum Diamond who finished a further length back in third.


“He’s in great heart at the moment and I’m pleased he’s stayed the six furlongs so well,” said Candy.


“This gives us a lot more options so we’ll go back and see if we can find some suitable races over either five or six furlongs for him.


“It’s funny as you quite often see these precocious two-year-olds who are so good in their juvenile year and then they disappear for a year or two. Mentally, he’s finally beginning to get it together so there could be a nice race in him soon.”


4.25pm Wokingham Heritage Handicap

£150,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+ rated 0-110, 6f. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; minimum weight 8-0. Penalties: after May 25th, a winner 5lb; a winner of 2 races 8lb. Weight for age: 3 from 4yo+ 7lb. Penalty value 1st £93,375.00 2nd £27,960.00 3rd £13,980.00 4th £6,990.00 5th £3,495.00 6th £1,755.00.

1. YORK GLORY (USA) (Salman Rashed & Mohamed Khalifa) Kevin Ryan 5-9-02 Jamie Spencer [22] 14/1

2. SHROPSHIRE (IRE) (The Hon Mrs J M Corbett & Chris Wright) CharlieHills 5-9-01 James McDonald [18] 12/1

3. DINKUM DIAMOND (IRE) (Eight Star Syndicate) Henry Candy 5-9-02 Cathy Gannon [15] 22/1

4. KHUBALA (IRE) (E (Miss P Araci) Hugo Palmer 4-9-00 Frankie Dettori [29] 16/1

5. GLASS OFFICE (Fitri Hay) David Simcock 3-8-12 Jim Crowley [19] 20/1

6. REX IMPERATOR (George Turner) William Haggas 4-9-00 Nel Callan [21] 8/1

7. ELUSIVITY (IRE) (Poilin Good) David O’Meara 5-9-06 Tom Queally [30]

8. DUKE OF FIRENZE (E (CheveleyPark Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-04 Ryan Moore [31]

9. GABRIEL’S LAD (IRE) (Killoran Ennis Conway) Denis Coakley 4-8-12 Kieren Fallon [24] 6/1 Fav

10. PRODIGALITY (Paul Moulton) Ron Harris 5-9-03 Luke Morris [27]

11. MASS RALLY (IRE) (Business Developments Consultants Ltd) Michael Dods 6-9-06 Paul Mulrennan [6]

12. LOUIS THE PIOUS (F Gillespie) David O’Meara 5-9-02 Daniel Tudhope [20]

13. LADYSHIP (CheveleyPark Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 4-8-12 Richard Hughes [17]

14. REGAL PARADE (Dab Hand Racing) Milton Bradley 9-9-00 Matthew Lawson (5) [28]

15. POOLEHARBOUR (The Heffer Syndicate) Richard Hannon 4-8-06 William Twiston-Davies (5) [8]

16. ANCIENT CROSS (Peter Bown, BackUp Technology & Steve Hull) Mick Easterby 9-8-11 Paul Hanagan [9]

17. REBELLIOUS GUEST (John Guest Racing) George Margarson 4-8-11 Graham Lee [11]

18. BAPAK CHINTA (USA) (T Rahman) Kevin Ryan 4-8-11 Amy Ryan[16]

19. HITCHENS (IRE) (Laurence O’Kane & Paul Murphy) David Barron 8-9-10 Johnny Murtagh [5]

20. SECRET WITNESS (Paul Moulton) Ron Harris 7-9-03 Joe Fanning [7]

21. CHANDLERY (IRE) (Julie Wood) Richard Hannon 4-8-13 Pat Dobbs [13]

22. ZERO MONEY (IRE) (Kremlin Cottage III) Hugo Palmer 7-9-00 James Doyle [25]

23. NOCTURN (E (Yvonne Jacques) Jeremy Noseda 4-9-01 William Buick [12]

24.PALACE MOON (Canisbay Bloodstock) William Knight 8-9-03 Jimmy Quinn [1]

24. ROYAL ROCK (Aida Fustoq) Chris Wall 9-9-06 George Baker [3]

26. OUR JONATHAN (Dr Marwan Koukash) Tim Pitt 6-9-04 Silvestre de Sousa [10]


26 ran Non-runners: Arnold Lane (Going), Morache Music (Going), Boomerang Bob (Vet’s certificate – Lame)

Time 1m 13.79s Distances: 1¾, 1, ¾, hd, 1¼, nk, ¾, hd, ¾, nk, ½, hd, 1, 1¼, 1¼, ½, ns, ½, ¾, ¾, 3¼, 5, 7

Breeder: Pget Bloodstock & Horse France Breeding: 5 gr or ro h Five Star Day (USA) – Minicolony (USA) (Pleasant Colony (USA))

Tote Win £14.90  Places £3.70, £3.10, £7.10, £4.10 Exacta £130.40


Winning trainer:-Name: Ryan, Kevin Trains at Hambleton Lodge, Hambleton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire First trainer’s licence: June, 1998 Background: Former jump jockey from Tipperary, partnered 47 winners during his riding career. Spent five years as head lad with Jack Berry and then three years in same capacity with Richard Fahey. First winner: Komlucky, Catterick, July 22, 1998 Major races won: Portland Handicap (2002, 2003, 2004 Halmahera), Gimcrack Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Greenlands Stakes (1999 Eastern Purple), Middle Park Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Prix de l’Abbaye (2006 Desert Lord), Racing Post Trophy (2005 Palace Episode), Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte (2005 Balthazaar’s Gift), Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes (2006 Wi Dud, 2008 Madame Trop Vite); Duke Of York Stakes (2007 Amafeus Wolf) totesport Ayr Gold Cup (2007 Advanced), Princess Margaret Stakes (2008 African Skies), Sapphire Stakes (2009 Benbaun), Audi King Stakes (2011 Masamah) Royal Ascot Wins (5): Buckingham Palace Handicap(2006 Uhoomagoo, 2013 Lightning Cloud),); Norfolk Stakes (2011 Bapak Chinta), Windsor Castle Stakes (2012 Hototo), Wokingham Handicap (2013 York Glory) First Royal Ascot Winner: Uhoomagoo, Buckingham Palace Stakes, June 22, 2006 Number of horses in training (1999-2013): 28; 40; 50; 51; 59; 65; 86; 118; 140;130; 88; 107; 97; 113, 121 Wins (1998-2012): 6; 11; 29; 22; 54; 41; 67; 82; 95; 107; 108; 96; 107; 133; 95 Wins in 2013: 32


Winning jockey:-Name: Spencer, James (Jamie) Peter Date of Birth: 08/06/1980 Background:. Champion apprentice in Ireland 1999. Stable jockey to Aidan O’Brien in 2004, now freelance in Britain. Formerly married to Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer. Won 2002 Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on Pizarro. British Classic Wins (2): Investec Oaks (2009 Sariska), St Leger (2003 Brian Boru) Irish Classic Wins (3): Irish 1,000 Guineas (1998 Tarascon, 2002 Gossamer), Irish Oaks (2009 Sariska) Other Big Race Wins Include: Champion Stakes (2005 David Junior), Coral-Eclipse (2006 David Junior), Fillies’ Mile (2001 Gossamer), Haydock Sprint Cup (2005 Goodricke), Lockinge Stakes (2007 Red Evie), Middle Park Stakes (2004 Ad Valorem), Nunthorpe Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Racing Post Trophy (2008 Crowded House), Matron Stakes (2006 Red Evie), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2004 Powerscourt), Criterium de Saint-Cloud (2001 Ballingarry), Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (2006 Desert Lord), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (2004 Oratorio), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2001 King Charlemagne), Singapore Airlines International Cup (2001 Endless Hall), Dubai Duty Free (2006 David Junior), Man O’War Stakes (2011 Cape Blanco), Arlington Million (2011 Cape Blanco), Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (2011 Cape Blanco), QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup (2011 Fame And Glory), QIPCO British Champions Sprint (2012 Maarek)  Royal Ascot wins (20): St James’s Palace Stakes (2007 Excellent Art), Coventry Stakes (2001 Landseer, 2008 Art Connoisseur), Britannia Handicap (2003 New Seeker), Queen Mary Stakes (2004 Damson), Hampton Court Stakes (2004 Moscow Ballet), King Edward VII Stakes (2004 Five Dynasties), Albany Stakes (2005 La Chunga, 2007 Nijoom Dubai, 2011 Samitar, 2013 Kiyoshi), Windsor Forest Stakes (2006 Soviet Song), Royal Hunt Cup (2006 Cesare), Sandringham Handicap (2006 Red Evie, 2009 Moneycantbuymelove), Britannia Handicap (2006 Sir Gerard), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2007 Enjoy The Moment), Norfolk Stakes (2009 Radiohead), Gold Cup (2011 Fame And Glory), Wokingham Handicap (2013 York Glory) Wins in Britain (1998-2012): 3, 8, 78, 112, 86, 103, 27, 180 (Champion Jockey), 155, 207 (Shared Champion Jockey with Seb Sanders); 153; 130; 108;103 Wins in 2013: 49



Trainer Clive Cox, enjoying his fourth Royal Ascot success, was quick to praise jockey Adam Kirby after 11/1 shot Lethal Force made all the running to land the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot this afternoon.


The son of Dark Angel broke smartly and soon headed the 18-strong field and it was clear from halfway that he would take some catching. 4/1 favourite Society Rock emerged from the rear of the field to try and catch the leader but he couldn’t quite reel him in as Lethal Force galloped to a two-length victory.


“It wasn’t the plan to be in front like that and I was more than a bit worried that the field would swamp him at some point,” said Cox.


“He sometimes struggles with his concentration and we’ve had the blinkers on him in the past but left them off today. He hits the gates so well that sometimes it’s difficult to hold him back.


“Lethal Force was having a blow in front and when Adam sent him on he was explosive – it was a very authoritative victory.


“Adam is such a brilliant rider and it is amazing how he does what he does considering his weight.


“It was clear that Lethal Force was a potent force when winning the Hungerford Stakes (at Newbury over seven furlongs) last year and showed just how good he was at six when chasing home Society Rock at York last time out.


“It’s very special to win a Group One like this on home territory – that’s what this game is all about.


“I am thrilled for everybody concerned and it’s fantastic for the team at home, especially after the winter that we’ve had. I’m delighted for both the owners and the horse. Just to compete at this level is amazing but to actually win is fantastic.


“He’s clearly very good at this trip so we’ll see how he is when we get him home and plan the rest of the season from there. He’s in the July Cup but I’m not sure Newmarket would be his track so we’ll have to think about that.


“There are plenty of options though which obviously includes those sort of races abroad.”




Jockey Adam Kirby enjoyed his first Group One victory and his second at Royal Ascot when Lethal Force captured the Diamond Jubilee Stakes with a front-running performance.


“I am really, really pleased. We have always had a lot of respect for this horse and to be fair he has always run his race without winning,” said Kirby.


“The only man I’ve got to thank is Clive Cox. I said I was going to drop the horse in and Clive told me to do whatever I wanted. Lethal Force hit the gates well and was doing it all so easily. It wasn’t the way I’d intended to ride him but he has a very high cruising speed.


“He’s unbelievable the way he does things. Everyone said it was a fluke when he won the Hungerford over seven furlongs last season but it wasn’t. He was only three and just a frame then but he’s a much more solid horse now.”


Lethal Force is owned by Alan Craddock and his son Robin, who were delighted with the result.




Mr Consistent Sprinter, Society Rock, who is trained by James Fanshawe, embellished his wonderful record when finishing runner-up in today’s £500,000 Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes.


His formline in this race alone is 2 1 5 2, and his prize-money earnings have now comfortably surpassed £900,000.


Today he was outgunned by Lethal Force – a rival he beat recently in the Duke Of York Stakes – going down by two lengths under Kieren Fallon, but finishing one and three-quarter lengths ahead of third-placed  Krypton Factor representing Bahrain trainer Fawzi Nass who owns Aislabie Stud near Newmarket. He used that base to prepare the five-year-old for today’s encounter.


Fanshawe said: “We beat the winner at York and they are clearly the top two [sprinters] at the moment. I hope to have him at his best and ready for Newmarket [to run in the Darley July Cup on July 11].”


The first three all hold entries for that contest, and Nass said Krypton Factor would be in the line up. The horse was sixth in last year’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes behind Black Caviar, and today moved up the places to take some valuable prize money.


Nass added: “He is in better form this year. Last year we went to Singapore after Dubai and there was a lot of travelling for him. This year was a different case – he came here direct from Dubai and did not have such a hard campaign while he was there. He will come on plenty from this run.


“He did one good piece of work recently – we have gallops at Aislabie where we do steady work, and we use the Newmarket gallops for fast work.


“He will go for the July Cup next, but he needs good to firm ground. Maybe good, but nothing worse.”




Sea Siren, who made the mammoth trip from Australia to the UK for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the final day of Royal Ascot, will now make another voyage, although of a shorter distance, when she travels to Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle yard in Ireland.


The Fastnet Rock mare finished eighth in the Group One sprint and her trainer, John O’Shea, commented afterwards: “She’s got a bit tired up the run in. It is a learning experience as she is probably saying she has had enough – she had a hard run in Brisbane and then the trip up here.


“It has been worthwhile coming and we are happy with the way that she has done since she has been here.


“I think it is a very doable thing if you get your horse to the right stage of his preparation. It would be wonderful to win here. We have just got to find five or six lengths.


“She is going to Aidan on Monday night so I just had a chat with him to help him get a feel for her.”


Ryan Moore added: “I think that the stiff track found her out – she travelled fine. She jumped out well and just outside of the leader but then just struggled up the hill.”


Asked if she would go for the July Cup at Newmarket, Aidan O’Brien, who is to take over the training of Sea Siren, replied: “Obviously the lads (owners John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith) will talk about that.”


Frankie Dettori who rode American challenger Havelock and finished eleventh said: “I didn’t get much of a run.”


3.45pm Diamond Jubilee Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (G 1)

£500,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+, 6f.  Weights: 3yo colts and geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 8lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 4lb; fillies 9st 1lb. Weight for age: 3 from 4yo+ 7lb. Penalty value 1st £283,550.00 2nd £107,500.00 3rd £53,800.00 4th £26,800.00 5th £13,450.00 6th £6,750.00.


1. LETHAL FORCE (IRE) (Alan Craddock) Clive Cox 4-9-04 Adam Kirby [15] 11/1

2. SOCIETY ROCK (IRE) (Simon Gibson) James Fanshawe 6-9-04 Kieren Fallon [8] 4/1 Fav

3. KRYPTON FACTOR (Fawzi Abdulla Nass) Fawzi Nass UAE 5-9-04 Luke Morris [16] 25/1

4. GORDON LORD BYRON (IRE) (Dr Cyrus Poonawalla & Morgan Cahalan) Tom Hogan IRE 5-9-04 William Buick [4] 15/2

5. ROSDHU QUEEN (IRE) (Clipper Logistics) William Haggas 3-8-08 Richard Hughes [10] 16/1

6. HAWKEYETHENOO (IRE) (Johnnie Delta Racing) Jim Goldie 7-9-04 Graham Lee [7]

7. SLADE POWER (IRE) (Sebena Power) Edward Lynam IRE 4-9-04 Wayne Lordan [17]

8. SEA SIREN (AUS) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier) John O’Shea AUS 5-9-01 Ryan Moore [13]

9. MAAREK (Lisbunny Syndicate) David Nagle IRE 6-9-04 Jamie Spencer [5]

10. GAMMARTH (FR) (Gerard Mimouni) Henri-Alex Pantall FR 5-9-04 Fabrice Veron [6]

11. HAVELOCK (USA) (Tommy & Bonnie Hamilton) Darrin Miller USA 6-9-04 Frankie Dettori [9]

12. INTENSE PINK (D Lee) Chris Wall 4-9-01 Seb Sanders [14]

13. SIRIUS PROSPECT (USA) (Miss N Yarrow) Dean Ivory 5-9-04 Jim Crowley [12]

14. DANDY BOY (ITY) (Malih Lahej Al Basti) David Marnane IRE 7-9-04 Pat Dobbs [1]

15. ZANETTO (Mick and Janice Mariscotti) Andrew Balding 3-8-11 Liam Keniry [2]

16. MINCE (Lady Rothschild) Roger Charlton 4-9-01 James Doyle [11]

17. SOUL (AUS) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 6-9-04 Silvestre de Sousa [3]

18. REPLY (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mordukhovitch) Aidan O’Brien IRE 4-9-04 Joseph O’Brien [18]


18 ran Time: 1m 13.36s Distances: 2, 1¾, 1, ns, ¾, hd, nk, 2, ½, hd, nk, 3, nk, nk, 3½, 3½, 7

Breeder: Declan Johnson Breeding: 4 gr c Dark Angel (IRE) – Land Army (IRE) (Desert Style (IRE))

Tote Win £13 Place £3.90, £2.20, £10.60 Exacta £57.70


Winning trainer:- Name: Cox, Clive Born: May 14, 1964 Trains at: Beechdown Farm, Sheepdrove, Lambourn, Berks Former Occupation: Professional jump and Flat jockey recording 80 winners in ten years. Rode for Peter Cundell on the Flat and Oliver Sherwood over Jumps. Started dual-purpose training from a farm in Wootton Bassett in 1992, having previously run a livery yard in Lambourn for several years. He was forced to quit a year later due to the recession, having saddled three winners, joining Mikey Heaton-Ellis’ yard near Swindon as assistant trainer. He worked for him for seven years before taking out a trainer’s licence again in 1999 upon Heaton-Ellis’ death from motor neurone disease. First Winner On Return To Training: Bet Direct On Racing Channel Text Page 372 Handicap, March 14, 2000, Southwell First Group One Win: Gilt Edge Girl, Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp, October 3, 2010 Other Major Wins Include: Tote International (2003 & 2005 New Seeker), Portland Handicap (2005 Out After Dark), Prix Le Fabuleux (2003 Lago D’Orta), On The House Stakes (2007 Dunelight) Old Newton Cup (2007 Dansili Dancer) Great St Wilfred Stakes (2007 Kostar), Horris Hill Stakes (2007 Beacon Lodge), Prix du Chemin de Fer du Nord (2009 Beason Lodge), Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (2009 Xtension), CGA Hungerford Stakes (2009 Balthazaar’s Gift, 2012 Lethal Force), Ballyogan Stakes (2010 Gilt Edge Girl), Rose Of Lancaster Stakes (2010 Poet), Eddie Stobart Park Stakes (2010 Balthazaar’s Gift), totesport Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes (2011 Perfect Tribute) Prix Robert Papin (2012 Reckless Abandon), Prix Morny (2012 Reckless Abandon) Middle Park Stakes (2012 Reckless Abandon) Royal Ascot Wins (4): Britannia Stakes (2003 New Seeker), Royal Hunt Cup (2005 New Seeker), Norfolk Stakes (2012 Reckless Abandon), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2013 Lethal Force) Horses In Training (2004-2013): 30; 34; 50; 65; 63; 61; 79; 85; 77, 89 Wins (2000-2012): 3; 8; 11; 14; 16; 23; 25; 29; 18; 52; 29; 52; 36 Wins This Year: 19


Winning jockey:- Name: Kirby, Adam Background: Apprenticed to Michael Wigham in Newmarket before switching to Clive Cox’s Lambourn yard in February 2006. Father was formerly a racehorse breeder near Norwich. First winner (on first ride in public): Broughton Knows, Lingfield, October 1, 2004 Big Race Wins: Diomed Stakes (2011 Fanunalter), Gosforth Park Cup (2005 Out After Dark), John Smith’s Cup (2006 Fairmile), (Portland Handicap (2005 Out After Dark), Select Stakes (2007 Stotsfold), toteswinger Winter Hill Stakes (2008 Stotsfold), Rose Of Lancaster Stakes (2010 Poet),  Mehl Mulhens-Rennen (German 2,000 Guineas) (2011 Excelebration), CGA Hungerford Stakes (2011 Excelebration, 2012 Lethal Force) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Norfolk Stakes (2012 Reckless Abandon), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2013 Lethal Force) Wins (2004-2012): 3; 54; 58; 56; 79; 83; 76; 115; 119 Wins in 2013: 88



A harrowing time for Lady Cecil, which was briefly lifted by Riposte’s Ribblesdale Stakes win earlier this week, was dealt another blow today.

Thomas Chippendale, a four-year-old she trains for Sir Robert Ogden, proved a gutsy winner of the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes, but collapsed soon after crossing the line in the mile-and-a-half contest and died of a suspected heart attack.


Lady Cecil, whose husband, Sir Henry, died on June 11 at the age of 70 following a long encounter with cancer, was visibly shaken and near to tears when she said: “Leading up to the race he was in such good form and really enjoying himself. When Luis [Villarroel, his groom] took him out for a pick of grass he was always the last one who wanted to come back in.


“He was doing what he enjoyed and loved doing and so it’s heartbreaking.


“We couldn’t have been happier with him beforehand and he could not have won like that if he had not been a happy, sound horse. We’re devastated for Luis and very sad for Sir Robert who was looking forward to this day so much.


“We didn’t realise the horse had collapsed, so we came from the grandstand into the winner’s enclosure feeling so happy and couldn’t understand why it was rather quiet. We didn’t know what had happened, but they say it was very quick and the horse did not suffer.


“It’s so awful to go from one emotion to another, from a high to a low. It puts such a dampener on the day. My heart is pounding, but we have to carry on.”


Asked about her decision to come racing this week following her husband’s death, Lady Cecil said: “I’ve had to keep going for Team Cecil and for Henry.”



There was a dramatic end to the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot this afternoon after the 8/1 winner Thomas Chippendale collapsed and died shortly after winning.


Lady Cecil’s runner took up the running halfway up the straight and battled all the way to the line, repelling the challenge of runner-up Dandino by a length.


The son of Dansili was recording his second victory at the Royal Meeting having won the King Edward VII Stakes last year but there was a sad postscript to the race as Sir Robert Ogden’s four-year-old suffered a heart-attack several yards after the line as jockey Johnny Murtagh was easing him down.


“Thomas Chippendale did a great job and put everything into it,” said Murtagh.


“I felt him do a little shimmy when I was just pulling him up after the line and when I jumped off of him he lost his balance. I don’t know what happened, he just collapsed behind me.


“I got a lovely run and my horse has won well but I’m devastated at the way it’s finished.


“It is heartbreaking for everybody involved because it was a great win.”


Thomas Chippendale’s groom, Luis Villarroel, was in tears after the race but was subsequently interviewed by Clare Balding on Channel 4.


“He was such a wonderful horse,” said Villarroel.


“He was always doing his work at home, never complaining about everything and he would do everything perfectly. It seemed that he had been improving over the last couple of races and he was so happy at home. It’s incredible that this has happened – it’s quite hard.


“It has been so emotional for us with Riposte winning the Ribblesdale the other day. Today was a brilliant finish with this kind of race and then this happened. It’s very hard for us and the whole team but we are still strong and we are going to keep working.


“These things happen in the sport but we have to carry on, keep fighting and do our best. That’s what we are here for.”


Officials at Ascot Racecourse offered their sincere condolences to the connections of Thomas Chippendale after the incident.


There had also been drama shortly after the beginning of the race as leader Ektihaam, ridden by Paul Hanagan, appeared to slip coming round the bend.


The colt unshipped  Hanagan as he came down and the jockey has been stood down for the rest of the day, having been taken to hospital as a precaution.


“It appears that Ektihaam slipped on the bend so we are now slitting it and then we will sand it (the ground) before the next race on the round course,” said Ascot’s clerk of the course Chris Stickels.




Dandino remains on course for the Melbourne Cup after finishing runner-up in the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes.


“It was a good run and he was hampered when the jockey (Paul Hanagan) fell. He then hit a flat spot before staying on,” said trainer Marco Botti. “The Melbourne Cup will be the plan and we’ll keep him fresh over the summer and then head for the Caulfield Cup before Melbourne. I can’t see why he won’t stay the Melbourne Cup trip.”


Third-placed Universal is unlikely to make the trip to Melbourne. His trainer Mark Johnston commented: “It was a very messy race in every way, even before the fall. He’s much better gradually winding up from two out rather than a messy contest like that.


“There are a lot of options for him and, although I have not talked to the owners about Melbourne, I think we’ll be sticking to the northern hemisphere.


“He is in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which would be tempting, and we could think about the Canadian International and Japan Cup. Then he could go over a mile and six in the Irish St Leger, I think he’s at least as good over that trip.”


3.05pm Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)

£213,300 total prize fund. For 4yo+, 1m 4f. Weights: colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalty value 1st £120,962.43 2nd £45,859.50 3rd £22,951.08 4th £11,432.88 5th £5,737.77 6th £2,879.55.


1. THOMAS CHIPPENDALE (IRE) (Sir Robert Ogden) Lady Cecil 4-9-00 Johnny Murtagh [8] 8/1

2. DANDINO (Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock) Marco Botti 6-9-00 Frankie Dettori [9] 10/1

3. UNIVERSAL (IRE) (Abdulla Al Mansoori) Mark Johnston 4-9-00 Joe Fanning [2] 10/1

4. NOBLE MISSION (Khalid Abdullah) Lady Cecil 4-9-00 Tom Queally [1]

5. MOUNT ATHOS (IRE) (Dr Marwan Koukash) Luca Cumani 6-9-00 Jamie Spencer [5]

6. SONGCRAFT (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 5-9-00 Silvestre de Sousa [7]

7. SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) (Ballymacoll Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-00 Ryan Moore [6]

UR. EKTIHAAM (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Roger Varian 4-9-00 Paul Hanagan [4] 9/4 Fav


8 ran Non-runner: Aiken (Going)

Time 2m 30.65s Distances: 1, 2½, sh, hd, 1¾, 10

Breeder: Premier Bloodstock Breeding: 4 br c Dansili – All My Loving (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))

Tote Win £9.90 Place £2.50, £2, £2.30 Exacta £91.50


Winning trainer:-Name: Lady Jane Cecil Background: Married legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil in 2008 and took over a temporary licence at Warren Place upon his death on June 11, 2013. First runner: Phaenomena, Newbury, June 13. First winner: Morpheus, Nottingham, June 13. Royal Ascot Wins (2): Ribblesdale Stakes (2013 Riposte), Hardwicke Stakes (2013 Thomas Chippendale) Wins in 2013: 7


Winning jockey:-Name: Murtagh, John Patrick Born: May 14, 1970 Background: Attended the Apprentice Jockeys School at Kildare while serving as an apprentice for John Oxx, with whom he stayed with until 2004. Apprentice champion in 1989, winning the senior version in 1995 and 1998, despite lingering weight problems. Used regularly by Sir Michael Stoute in 2000 when Kieren Fallon was injured, and won 12 Group One contests in that season alone. Spent some of 2006 riding over hurdles, but returned to flat racing later that year, and spent 2007 as Ballydoyle’s main jockey in Britain, following the suspension of Kieren Fallon on suspicion of race-fixing, before being given the job full-time because of Fallon’s 18 month ban for failing a drugs test. Split from Ballydoyle in November, 2010, to become retained jockey for the Aga Khan in Ireland. First Winner: Chicago Style, Limerick, July 6, 1987 British Classic Wins (5): Investec Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2002 High Chaparral, 2005 Motivator), 2000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2008 Henrythenavigator) Irish Classic Wins (13): Irish 1,000 Guineas (2009 Again), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2009 Mastercraftsman), Irish Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2003 Alamshar, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco), Irish Oaks (1997 Ebadiyla, 1998 Winona, 2000 Petrushka, 2007 Peeping Fawn, 2008 Moonstone) French Classic Wins (1): Prix De Diane (2012 Valiyra) Other Major Wins: Irish Champion Stakes (1996 Timarida), Matron Stakes (1995 Timarida, 2004 Soviet Song, 2010 Lillie Langtry), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1998 Edabiya), National Stakes (1993 Manntari, 1999 Sinndar, 2008 Mastercraftsman), Phoenix Stakes (2008 Mastercraftsman, 2009 Alfred Nobel, 2010 Zoffany), Pretty Polly Stakes (1993 Takarouna), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2007 Notnowcato, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2010 Fame And Glory), Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Coronation Cup (2008 Soldier Of Fortune, 2010 Fame And Glory), Coral-Eclipse (2008 Mount Nelson), Falmouth Stakes (2004 & 2005 Soviet Song, 2007 Simply Perfect), Fillies’ Mile (2007 Listen), Juddmonte International (2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2010 Rip Van Winkle), July Cup (2004 Frizzante, 2010 Starspangledbanner), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2003 Alamshar, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Middle Park Stakes (2008 Bushranger), Nassau Stakes (2007 Peeping Fawn, 2008 Halfway To Heaven), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2009 Rip Van Winkle), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan, 2009 St Nicholas Abbey), Sussex Stakes (2004 Soviet Song, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2009 Rip Van Winkle), Yorkshire Oaks (1996 Key Change, 2000 Petrushka, 2007 Peeping Fawn), Criterium de Saint-Cloud (2008 Fame And Glory), Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (2000 Namid, 2009 Total Gallery), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2000 Sinndar), Prix du Cadran (2002 Give Notice), Prix Ganay (2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Prix Morny (2008 Bushranger), Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Prix de l’Opera (1995 Timarida, 2000 Petrushka), Prix Royal-Oak (2008 Yeats), Prix Vermeille (2007 Mrs Lindsay), Total Prix Marcel Boussac (2010 Misty For Me), Beverly D Stakes (1996 Timarida), Breeders’ Cup Marathon (2009 Man Of Iron), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2000 Kalanisi), Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (1996 Timarida, 2000 Greek Dance), Hong Kong Vase (2000 Daliapour), E P Taylor (2001 Choc Ice, 2007 Mrs Lindsay), Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes (2011 Lightening Pearl, 2012 Rosdhu Queen),QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes (2011 Deacon Blues), QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (2011 Dancing Rain) Royal Ascot Wins (43): Coronation Stakes (1995 Ridgewood Pearl, 2010 Lillie Langtry); Gold Cup (1999 Enzeli, 2001 Royal Rebel, 2002, Royal Rebel, 2008 & 2009 Yeats), St James’s Palace Stakes (2001 Black Minnaloushe, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2009 Mastercraftsman), Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (2000, Katiykha), Ascot Handicap Stakes (2000 Barba Papa), Golden Jubilee (2000 Superior Premium, 2003 Choisir, 2007 Soldier’s Tale, 2010 Starspangledbanner), King George V Handicap (2001 Beekeeper), Ribblesdale Stakes (2001 Sahara Slew), Wokingham Handicap (2001 Nice One Clare, 2010 Laddies Poker Two, 2011 Deacon Blues), Queen Anne Stakes (2002 No Excuse Needed, 2008 Haradasun), King Edward VII Stakes (2002 Balakheri, 2012 Thomas Chippendale), Windsor Castle Stakes (2002 Revenue, 2011 Frederick Engels, 2013 Extortionist), King’s Stand Stakes (2003 Choisir, 2013 Sole Power), Hampton Court Stakes (2003 Persian Majesty), Jersey Stakes (2005 Proclamation), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2005 Cruzspiel, 2008 Honolulu), Queen Mary Stakes (2007 Elletelle), Britannia Handicap (2007 Eddie Jock), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Hardwicke Stakes (2008 Macarthur, 2013 Thomas Chippendale), Windsor Forest Stakes (2009 Spacious), Queen’s Vase (2010 Mikhael Glinka), Wolferton Handicap (2013 Forgotten Voice), Leading Rider at Royal Ascot: 2001 (5 wins); 2002 (4 wins), 2008 (6 wins) Wins in Britain 1999-2012: 9; 17; 10; 15; 12; 77; 48; 0; 21; 28; 15; 13; 11; 12 Wins in Britain in 2013: 5



Trainer Paul Cole liked the leggy yearling by Mount Nelson so much at the sales he spent 60,000gns to buy him on spec.


That proved a shrewd piece of foresight, for the same colt – now named Berkshire – ran out an impressive winner of today’s Chesham Stakes in the colours of a long-standing patron of Cole’s yard, HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah. The Jim Crowley-ridden winner scored by two and a half lengths from Bunker, with Ihtimal a further one and a half lengths back in third.


Cole said: “I bought him on spec at the sales because I liked him so much. Right from the start he gave me a good feel.


“On his debut run at Newbury [when third] he was exposed too much and proved too keen – he did too much. He was drawn one there and 21 today, and we thought the same thing was going to happen, but he had a good jockey on who managed to get him in behind and switched off. Even then he could have done with being covered up a bit longer, but he made the right decision.


“I didn’t expect him to beat what looked a pretty classy field so easily.


“He’s a big horse and his dam, Kinnaird, trained on and got better at three, so I shouldn’t think you’ll see much more of him this year. One more run maybe, but I’ll speak to the Sultan.”


When asked about his last Royal Ascot winner – Mr Dinos in the Gold Cup 2003 – Cole quipped: “I’m too old to remember. But I know I’ve won this race four times.


“It’s fantastic to be in the winner’s enclosure anywhere, but especially at Royal Ascot.”



Jockey Jim Crowley predicted a big future for Berkshire after the colt ran away with the Chesham Stakes in impressive style.


“That was impressive. I was lucky enough to get the ride on Berkshire at Newbury but he led all the way that day and did everything back to front. We have always thought he was a lovely horse and he proved that today.


“I had a really bad draw to overcome because there were no horses to take me into the race and I was drawn next to a pair having their first starts. I got there sooner than I would have liked but he is a serious horse. He is physically imposing and will only get better with time. I think he’ll be a really nice middle-distance horse next season. He’s a serious horse.”




The connections of 11/4 favourite Bunker were full of praise for Chesham Stakes winner Berkshire after he recorded a two-and-a-half length victory in the opening race at Royal Ascot this afternoon.


The twice-raced son of Hurricane Run ran a race full of promise but he couldn’t quite master the winner and trainer Richard Hannon thinks there is much more to come from his two-year-old colt.


“I don’t know if the draw has made the difference but the winner has won it well,” said Hannon.


“He must be a very smart horse because I know ours is. He’ll definitely improve again and he’ll be a very nice horse one day.


“I’m very happy with the run but maybe this came a bit too soon for him.”


Saeed bin Suroor was another trainer with an eye on the future following the performance of 7/1 shot Ihtimal, who finished a further length-and-a-half back in third.


“She’s a nice filly and she tries very hard,” said bin Suroor.


“She wasn’t quite up there in the last two furlongs but I was very happy with the way she finished the race.


“She should improve a lot for this and will be a nice filly for the future.”





Jim Crowley, on board the two-and-a-half length winner Berkshire, said: “It is lovely ground. That drop of rain has just taken the sting out of it.”

Silvestre de Sousa, on board third Ihtimal, said: “Good to firm.”


Kieren Fallon, partner of Calrissian, said: “The same as yesterday.”


Cathy Gannon, partner of Citizen Kane, said: “Good.”


Kevin Manning, on board Freedom Square, said: “They are just taking the top off.”


Joseph O’Brien, jockey of Friendship, said: “It is nice ground.”


Adam Kirby, rider of Khee Society, said: “It is just on the easy side.”


Tom Queally, partner of Lone Warrior, said: “Lovely – it is the nearest to good that it has been.”


Ryan Moore, partner of Scargill, said: “It is still good to firm.”


Wayne Lordan, rider of Shepard Gate, said: “Just on the slow side of good.”


Jamie Spencer, jockey of Sir Jack Layden, said: “Good.”


William Buick, partner of Autumn Lily, said: “It is similar to yesterday – but a bit loose.”


Graham Lee, jockey of Bureau, said: “Good to firm.”


2.30pm Chesham Stakes (Listed)

£60,000 total prize fund. For 2yo, sired by a winner of a race over a mile and a quarter or further (this includes races in excess of nine furlongs and 110 yards and in excess of 1900m), 7f. Weights: colts and geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 8st 12lb. Penalties: a winner of a Listed race 3lb; of a Pattern race 5lb. Penalty value 1st £34,026.00 2nd £12,900.00 3rd £6,456.00 4th £3,216.00 5th £1,614.00 6th £810.00.

1. BERKSHIRE (IRE) (HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah) Paul Cole 2-9-03 Jim Crowley [21] 16/1

2. BUNKER (IRE) (Sheikh Joann Al Thani, Morecombe, Anderson, Hughes) Richard Hannon 2-9-03 Richard Hughes [7] 11/4 Fav

3. IHTIMAL (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-8-12 Silvestre de Sousa [12] 7/1

4. SOMEWHAT (USA) (Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-03 Joe Fanning [3]

5. LONE WARRIOR (IRE) (W Clifford) David Evans 2-9-03 Tom Queally [18]

6. TINGA (IRE) (Nurlan Bizakov) Mick Channon 2-8-12 Martin Harley [6]

7. SIR JACK LAYDEN (Ron Hull, David Brown, Clive Watson) David Brown 2-9-03 Jamie Spencer [5]

8. CALRISSIAN (IRE) (Cedars Two) Alan Jarvis 2-9-03 Kieren Fallon [20]

9. FRIENDSHIP (IRE) (Derrick, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien IRE 2-9-03 Joseph O’Brien [9]

10. SHEPHERD GATE (USA) (Stan Moore) Stan Moore 2-9-03 Wayne Lordan [15]

11. SCARGILL (L Keys) Brian Ellison 2-9-03 Ryan Moore [2]

12. AUTUMN LILY (USA) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-8-12 William Buick [8]

13.  STREET FORCE (USA) (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 2-9-03 James Doyle [13]

14. BUREAU (IRE) (Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-8-12 Graham Lee [17]

15. MASTER CARPENTER (IRE) (Links Partnership/Cheveley Park Stud) Rod Millman 2-9-03 Andrea Atzeni [10]

16. FREEDOM SQUARE (IRE) (Jackie Bolger, J P Spain) Jim Bolger IRE 2-9-03 Kevin Manning [16]

17. KNOW YOUR NAME (David Lockwood & Fred Lockwood) David Evans 2-9-03 William Carson [1]

18. KHEE SOCIETY (W Clifford) David Evans 2-9-03 Adam Kirby [14]

19. CITIZEN KAINE (IRE) (Chester Racing, J Henderson, I Phillips) Jo Hughes 2-9-03 Cathy Gannon [19]


19 ran Non-runners: Flying Author (Going), Adeste Fideles (Vet’s certificate – Lame)

Time: 1m 28.46s Distances: 2½, 1½, 4, ¾, hd, 1¼, nk, ¾, ½, 1¼, 1, ½, ½, 3½, 1, hd, 1, ns

Breeder: Newsells Park Stud Breeding: 2 b c Mount Nelson – Kinnaird (IRE) (Dr Devious (IRE))

Tote Win £21.80 Places £5.30, £1.80, £3 Exacta £104


Winning trainer:-NameCole, Paul Frederick Irvine Date of birth: 11/9/41 Trains at Whatcombe, Wantage, Oxfordshire Date of first licence: 1968 Previous Occupation: Assistant to Richmond Sturdy & George Todd Classic wins: (2) St Leger (1990 Snurge); Vodafone Derby (1991 Generous)Major wins include: Irish Derby (1991 Generous), Dewhurst Stakes (1990 Generous), Italian Derby (1987 Zaizoom, 1994 Time Star), King George VI and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1991 Generous), St Leger (1990 Snurge), Irish Oaks (1990 Knight’s Baroness), Italian Oaks (1993 Bright Generation), Queen Mary Stakes (1996 Dance Parade), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1991 & 1992 Ruby Tiger), Premio Legnano (1993 Ruby Tiger), Coventry Stakes (1991 Dilum), Richmond Stakes (1991 Dilum), Grand Prix de Deauville (1993 Snurge), Irish St Leger (1990 Ibn Bey, 1995 Strategic Choice), Lincoln Handicap (1997 Kuala Lipis, 2000 John Ferneley, 2001 Nimello), Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (1996 Putra, 1997 Central Park, 2006 Strategic Prince), Somerville Tattersalls Stakes (2007 River Proud), Parknasilla Hotal Goffs Million (2007 Luck Money) Other details: Champion trainer in 1991 Royal Ascot wins: 21 First Royal Ascot winner: Calibina (June 17, 1977 – Wokingham Stakes) Major Royal Ascot wins: Berkshire gave him his fourth Chesham Stakes winner, Wokingham Handicap (1977 Calibina, 1980 Queen’s Pride, 1987 Bel Byou), Coventry Stakes (1991 Dilum, 1994 Sri Pekan, 1998 Red Sea), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1979 Crimson Beau), Gold Cup (2003 Mr Dinos) Horses in training (1985-2011): 84; 107; 112; 120; 120 ; 117; 105; 131; 136; 157; 129; 140; 141; 134; 118; 117; 111; 114; 97; 92; 83; 73; 61; 85; 92; 88; 74; Wins (1984-2012): 61; 54; 64; 55; 43; 51; 53; 73; 86; 67; 69; 77; 74; 60; 64; 76; 51; 56; 61; 56; 41; 31; 44; 29; 50; 37; 33; 22; 16Wins This Year: 11.


Winning jockey:-Name: Crowley, Jim Born: July 14, 1978 Based: Pulborough, West Sussex.Formerly a conditional rider for Sue Smith. Enjoying a burgeoning career on the Flat after making his name over jumps. Appointed stable jockey to Ralph Beckett for the 2010 season. First Winner:Robbo (Southwell, August 15, 1997, Mars Amateur Riders’ Maiden Handicap) Big Race Wins:Fenwolf Stakes (2006 Hawridge Prince), Jockey Club Cup (2006 Hawridge Prince); totesport Lanzarote Hurdle (Crossbow Creek 2005), totesport Chester Cup (2008 Bulwark, 2012 Ile De Re), Dubai Duty Free 25th Anniversary World Trophy (2008 Moorhouse Lad), Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (2008 Lord Shanakill), Investec Woodcote Stakes (2009 Corporal Maddox), Coutts Glorious Stakes (2009 Illustrious Blue), Artemis Goodwood Cup (2010 Illustrious Blue), Cambridgeshire (2010 Credit Swap) Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial (2010 Lady Springbank) Dubai Duty Free Stakes (2012 Moonstone Magic) German 1000 Guineas (2012 Electrelane), Sakhee Oh So Sharp Stakes (2012 Waterway Run) First Group One Win: Lord Shanakill, Etihad Airways Prix Jean Prat, Chantilly, July 5, 2009 Royal Ascot Wins (2): King’s Stand Stakes (2011 Prohibit)Chesham Stakes (2013 Berkshire), Number of Flat Wins (2004-2012): 1; 0; 36; 65; 92; 76; 120; 101;148 Wins in 2013: 69



First race 2.30pm: The Chesham Stakes


No 5. Flying Author (Going)


No 17. Adeste Fideles (Vet’s certificate (lame))


Second race 3.05pm: The Hardwicke Stakes


No 1. Aiken (Going)


Fourth race 4.25pm: The Wokingham Handicap


No 1. Boomerang Bob (Vet’s certificate (lame))


Fifth race: 5.00pm: The Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap


No 11. Voodoo Prince (Going)


No 19. The Tiger (Going)


Sixth race 5.35pm: The Queen Alexandra Stakes


No 8. Meganisi (Self certificate (bruised foot))



Sky Lantern’s fabulous victory in the Coronation Stakes made the headlines in most of the papers today.


Bev Swingell, Computerman of the Daily Express, kicks off with a headline stating “It’s Sky High for Hannon” before stating “Richard Hughes and Richard Hannon finally put one in the net after Sky Lantern triumphed in the Coronation Stakes.” Swingell goes on to tip Sky Lantern’s half-brother Shropshire in today’s Wokingham Handicap.


Claude Duval, The Sun’s Punter’s Pal, leads with “Lantern A Leading Light” before highlighting the fact that trainer Hannon chose to stay at home.


Chris McGrath of The Independent also highlights the relief felt by Hannon and Hughes in an article headlined “Lantern Shines For Hughes To Dispel Doubts And Frustrations” while The Daily Telegraph’s headline is “Sky Lantern Shines In Coronation”. The Times leads with “Hughes Proves Well Up To Par As Sky Lantern Banishes Gloom”.


Chris Goulding of the Daily Star leads with “It’s Magic Lantern” while the papers’ tipster, Mark ‘Couch’ Winstanley, admits that he “will be gutted and Polo mint” if his nap of the meeting, Mount Athos, is beaten today.


The Daily Mail’s Captain Heath, Marcus Townend, leads with “Hannon Joy As Lantern Lights Up” while The Guardian’s subs opt for “Lantern Lights The Way Home For Hughes” as a headline.


In Hughes’ Racing Post column he admits that the success came as a great relief. “Suddenly everything is all right,” says Hughes. “After a week when it felt as though luck had completely deserted me I needed something good to happen and yesterday Sky Lantern was very good indeed”.


Daily Mail colour sports writer Alan Fraser pens a column under the headline “Now It’s Down To Frankie To Get Everyone Jumping”. Fraser states that “the only thing missing from this most regal and emotional of Royal Ascots is a Frankie Dettori flying dismount”. Dettori’s best chance on paper comes in the concluding Queen Alexandra Stakes when he partners French raider Shahwardi.


“Sky High” is the Mirror’s headline with David Yates, Newsboy, highlighting the fact that Sky Lantern could head towards the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Trainer Andrew Balding, a Mirror columnist, revealed that his biggest thrill this week was meeting Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons ahead of their appearance at next weekend’s Glastonbury Festival.


The Daily Star featured some of the many celebrities at Ascot yesterday including England footballer Glen Johnson and Lisa Scott-Lee of Steps while the Daily Mail included a picture of Andy Murray’s girlfriend Kim Sears.


The Daily Telegraph’s feature writer Judith Woods highlights The Queen’s success with Estimate in Thursday’s Gold Cup. Woods writes: “Who ever imagined the Queen could look so happy, at least in public? Forget pomp and circumstance: the way to the royal heart is clearly through half a ton of sweat-glossy, heaving-flanked thoroughbred.”


Irish-trained horses have been successful eight times at Royal Ascot 2013, equalling the previous highest number of such winners during the meeting (since 1960). There were eight Irish-trained successes in 2012 and 2008.


Irish-trained horses appear in three of the six races today – Chesham Stakes (two runners), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (five runners) and Queen Alexandra Stakes (one runner).


The winners so far at Royal Ascot 2013 are:

Four on the first day - Declaration Of War (Aidan O’Brien) in the Queen Anne Stakes, Sole Power (Edward Lynam) in the King’s Stand Stakes, Dawn Approach (Jim Bolger) in the St James’s Palace Stakes and War Command (Aidan O’Brien) in the Coventry Stakes.

Two on the second day - Gale Force Ten (Aidan O’Brien) in the Jersey Stakes and Duntle (David Wachman) in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.

One on the third day - Roca Tumu (Joanna Morgan) in the Britannia Handicap.

One on the fourth day - Leading Light (Aidan O’Brien) in the Queen’s Vase In Memory Of Sir Henry Cecil.


The full record of Irish-trained winners since 1960 is:-









2005-4 (at York)














































Royal Carriage List


Saturday, June 22, 2013



Carriage 1



2 Prince El Hassan bin Talal

3 Princess Sarvath El Hassan

4 Mr John Warren


Carriage 2


1 Sir Nicholas Bacon Bt.

2 Lady Bacon

3 Lieutenant General Peter Pearson

4 Mrs Peter Pearson



Carriage 3


1 Major General Andrew Ritchie

2 Mrs Andrew Ritchie

3 Air Marshall Sir David Walker

4 Lady Walker



Carriage 4


1 Mr John Oxx

2 Mrs John Oxx

3 The Hon. Mary Morrison

4 Lieutenant Colonel Charles Richards



Ektihaam and Courtesy Call have been the two best-backed horses of the day according to the layers as they prepare to do battle with punters on the fifth and final day of Royal Ascot.


The former has been hugely popular in the Hardwicke Stakes (3.05pm) and Roger Varian’s four-year-old has been cut to 11/4 across the board having been a standout 10/3 with Coral this morning.


Sir John Hawkwood has also been popular in the Hardwicke Stakes and has been cut to 8/1 (from 9/1) by Paddy Power.


Courtesy Call has been slashed by the majority of bookmakers for the final race of the meeting, the Queen Alexandra Stakes (5.35pm), and the four-year-old is now as short as 7/1 (from 12/1) with Paddy Power to give Nicky Henderson a second winner in this race after Caracciola’s victory in 2009.


Bunker has been popular for the Chesham Stakes (2.30pm) and Richard Hannon’s juvenile has been trimmed into 3/1 (from 7/2) by Betfred while Coral have cut him to 10/3 (from 7/2). Hawkeyethenoo and Dandy Boy are the two each-way selections that punters have latched on to in the Diamond Jubilee (3.45pm) and the former is now 12/1 (from 14/1) with Paddy Power while the latter is 10/1 (from 12/1) with Skybet.


The fixed-arm division of the Betfair operation report strong support for York Glory in the Wokingham Handicap (4.25pm) and Kevin Ryan’s entire is now 16/1 (from 33/1) for the six furlong dash.



Royal Ascot Market Moves – Fifth Day



Chesham Stakes (2.30pm): 3/1 (from 7/2) Bunker (Betfred); 10/3 (from 7/2) Coral


Hardwicke Stakes (3.05pm): 11/4 (from 7/2) Ektihaam (Betfred); 11/4 (from 3/1) Ektihaam (Skybet); 8/1 (from 9/1) Sir John Hawkwood; 11/4 (from 10/3) Mount Athos (Coral)


Diamond Jubilee Stakes (3.45pm): 4/1 (from 9/2) Society Rock (Betfred), 20/1 (from 25/1) Soul (Betfred); 11/1 (from 12/1) Hawkeyethenoo, 10/1 (from 12/1) Dandy Boy (Skybet); 12/1 (from 16/1) Dandy Boy, 12/1 (from 14/1) Hawkeyethenoo (Paddy Power); 8/1 (from 9/1) Sea Siren, 20/1 (from 22/1) Maarek (Coral); 12/1 (from 16/1) Dandy Boy (Betfair).


Wokingham (4.25pm): 16/1 (from 33/1) York Glory (Betfair); 9/1 (from 11/1) Gabriel’s Lad, 18/1 (from 25/1) Louis The Pious (Paddy Power); 16/1 (from 18/1) Shropshire, 22/1 (from 28/1) Glass Office (Coral)


Duke Of Edinburgh (5.00pm): 8/1 (from 12/1) Ustura, 8/1 (from 10/1) Stencive (Paddy Power); 8/1 (from 10/1) Stencive; 5/1 (from 6/1) Rye House (Betfred); 9/1 (from 12/1) Lahaaq (Betfair).


Queen Alexandra (5.35pm): 8/1 (from 12/1) Courtesy Call (Betfair); 8/1 (from 9/1) Courtesy Call (Skybet); 7/1 (from 12/1) Courtesy Call (Paddy Power); 7/1 (from 8/1) No Heretic, 8/1 (from 9/1) Courtesy Call (Betfred)




Joseph O’Brien is odds-on with all bar one bookmaker as he looks to win this year’s QIPCO Royal Ascot Top Jockey Award.


A total of three jockeys have ridden three winners so far but O’Brien leads James Doyle and Johnny Murtagh at the moment as he has been on more placed horses than his main rivals.


However, O’Brien only has two intended mounts this afternoon so everything could change come the end of the day. The 20-year-old is on board 11/1 shot Friendship in the Chesham Stakes (2.05pm) and he also rides 33/1 shot Reply in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (3.45pm). With this in mind, Ladbrokes is prepared to offer a standout price of even money that O’Brien tops the table at the end of the meeting.


Ryan Moore is his nearest rival in the betting and is a top-price 2/1 with Paddy Power to land the QIPCO Royal Ascot Top Jockey award despite being a winner behind O’Brien, Doyle and Murtagh.


However, the former champion jockey has a strong book of rides this afternoon including Duke Of Firenze in the Wokingham Handicap (4.25pm), Sea Siren in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (3.45pm) and Sir John Hawkwood in the Hardwicke Stakes (3.05pm).


Moore needs to ride a winner and a second place this afternoon to overtake O’Brien but he would take the lead if he manages it due to the six third-placed horses he has also ridden so far.


Johnny Murtagh is an 8/1 shot with Skybet to be leading jockey while James Doyle is 10/1 with Stan James. Doyle’s best chance looks to be with Mince in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (3.45pm) while the best of Murtagh’s brace could be Thomas Chippendale in the Hardwicke Stakes (3.05pm)



QIPCO Royal Ascot Top Jockey Award – best prices: Evens Joseph O’Brien (Ladbrokes); 2/1 Ryan Moore (Paddy Power); 8/1 Johnny Murtagh (Skybet & William Hill); 10/1 James Doyle (Stan James); 25/1 Richard Hughes (bet365 & Paddy Power); 50/1 bar.


Win Only




Breeding: Great Notion (USA) – Piconeach (NZ) (Spectacular Love (USA))

Born: April 11, 2007

Breeder: Silverton Hill LLC

Owner: Silverton Hill LLC

Trainer: Darrin Miller USA

Form: 1(4)(7)(1)3-541(3)(4)11(7)10-34(1)(4)(7)-15


* Arrived in Britain on Thursday, June 20 and based at Abington Place Stables in Newmarket.

*Multiple Graded stakes scorer in the US between five and eight furlongs on synthetics and turf.

*Fifth of eight on latest outing in Grade Three Twinspires Turf Sprint over five furlongs at Churchill Downs on May 4.

*Scored by a nose on his seasonal return in the Grade Three Shakertown Stakes over six furlongs at Keeneland on April 13.

*Biggest success came in the seven-furlong Grade Two Play The King Stakes at Woodbine, Canada, in August, 2011.

Race Record: Starts: 22; Wins: 8; 2nd: -; 3rd: 3; Win & Place Prize Money: £335,524


Darrin Miller

Born: November 9, 1966 in Verona, Missouri Background: Grew up on a cattle ranch and showed Quarter horses. After a spell as a Quarter horse jockey, he joined Nick and Jacqui de Meric in Ocala, Florida, who specialise in selecting and training yearlings to resell at public auctions. Set up on his own in 1999 and has stables at Churchill Downs, Kentucky, and Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach, Florida. Retained trainer for Tom and Bonnie Hamilton’s Silverton Hill Farm since 2001. Is married to Janelle and has two children, Janelle and Chase. His best yearly total was 18 in 2004. Big Race Wins: Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (2007 Dominican), Play The King Stakes (2011 Havelock)


Silverton Hill Farm LLC

Background: 2,200 acres in Springfield, Kentucky. Purchased by current owners Tommy and Bonnie Hamilton in 1970. Tommy founded and is the president of Nally & Hamilton Enterprises Inc, a coal surface mining company based in Kentucky and Virginia, while Bonnie spent 25 years as a surgical scrub for a group of neurosurgeons. She now works on the farm full time. The couple raised Saddlebred show horses for many years, most notably Yes It’s True, who won the World Championship in the Three Gaited Division in 1998. Appointed Darrin Miller as their retained trainer in 2001 having had horses spread between other handlers including Carl Bowman. Miller broke horses for them when he worked for Nick and Jacqui de Meric. The partnership has enjoyed top level success with Dominican, who captured the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in 2007. The Hamilton’s have also enjoyed Group One success in Europe with Pathfork, who annexed the National Stakes for Irish handler Jessica Harrington in 2010. Other notable performers include Camacho,  Fredricktown, Great Notion, Master Belt, Neon Shadow and Sedgefield.


Frankie Dettori

Born: December 15, 1970, Milan Background: son of Gianfranco, 13-time champion jockey in Italy. Frankie (christened Lanfranco) Dettori arrived from his homeland to join Luca Cumani’s Newmarket yard as an apprentice in July, 1985. His first success came on Rif at Turin, Italy, on November 16, 1986, and he rode his first British winner on Lizzy Hare at Goodwood on June 9, 1987. Survived an horrific plane crash at Newmarket in 2000 in which the pilot was killed. Voted into third place in the 1996 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards; was a team captain on ‘A Question Of Sport between 2002 & 2004. He has ridden well over 3,000 winners with more than 900 of them being for Godolphin, including 110 at Group One level. He split with Godolphin after 18 years in October, 2013, following his decision to partner Camelot (for rivals Coolmore) in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. Dettori subsequently tested positive for cocaine following a random drugs test by France Galop in September and was suspended for six months, a ban which was reciprocated by the British Horseracing Authority. During his six-month hiatus, he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother alongside fellow entertainers such as Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, Steps singer Claire Richards and Rylan from the X Factor. The effervescent Italian failed to win the reality show and was the fifth housemate to be evicted. Dettori is married to Catherine – they have five children and live near Newmarket. He returned to race riding at Epsom Downs on May 31 and rode first winner back on Asian Trader at Sandown Park on June 6. Accolades: champion British apprentice (1989), champion jockey (1994, 1995 & 2004), rode all seven winners on the Saturday at the Ascot Festival in September, 1996, received an honorary MBE on December 29, 2000 British Classic wins; (14) Investec Derby (2007 Authorized), Investec Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia); Ladbrokes St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou, 2005 Scorpion, 2006 Sixties Icon, 2008 Conduit), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia, 2011 Blue Bunting) Irish Classic wins: Irish Oaks (2001 Lailani, 2003 Vintage Tipple, 2011 Bleu Bunting), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi), Irish St Leger (1999 Kayf Tara) French Classic wins: Prix du Jockey-Club (1992 Polytain, 2005 Shamardal, 2007 Lawman), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori, 2000 Bachir, 2005 Shamardal), Prix Diane Hermes (2007 West Wind) Other major wins include: Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist),  Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 2002 Falbrav, 2005 Alkaased)Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2006 Ouija Board), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2004 Wilko), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2006 Red Rocks), Breeders’ Cup Classic (2008 Raven’s Pass), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain,1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen) Royal Ascot wins: 47 First Royal Ascot win: Queen Anne Stakes (June 19, 1990 Markofdistinction) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1992 & 93 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara, 2004 Papineau, 2012 Colour Vision), St James’s Palace Stakes (1997 Starborough), King’s Stand Stakes (1994 Lochsong), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera, 2011 Rewilding), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1995 So Factual), Queen Anne Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction, 1997 Allied Forces, 1998 Inktikhab, 2003 Dubai Destination, 2004 Refuse To Bend, 2007 Ramonti), Leading rider at Royal Ascot: 1997 (4 wins); 1998 (7 wins); 1999 (4 wins); 2003 (3 wins); 2004 (6 wins)     





Breeding: 5 b m Fastnet Rock (AUS) – Express A Smile (AUS) (Success Express (USA))

Breeder: K Biggs Enterprises Pty Ltd

Born: November 21, 2008

Owner: Coolmore Syndicate, Wynaus Syndicate & Tabor Syndicate

Trainer: John O’Shea AUS

Jockey: Ryan Moore

Form: 311121/10120/0502


*Arrived in Britain on June 6 from Australia after a 34-hour trip and staying at Abington Place Stables, Newmarket.

*Has won three Group One races in Australia – the BTC Cup at Doomben (6f, May, 2012), the Doomben 10,000 at Doomben (7f, May, 2012) and the Manikato Stakes at MooneeValley (6f, October, 2012).

*Second on most recent start when attempting repeat victory in Doomben 10,000 on May 25.

*Fifth behind Black Caviar when the outstanding mare won her final race, the T J Smith Stakes, at Randwick on April 13.

*Sold privately by owner/breeder Keith Biggs to a Coolmore syndicate in May, 2013 and will be covered by Galileo.

Race Record: Starts: 15; 1st: 6; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £1,090,633


Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier

Sue Magnier – Background: Born October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien (who saddled six Derby winners). Brother David trained 1984 Derby winner Secreto. Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed bloodstock world since teaming up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £556 million says 2013 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad of other business interests include stakes in Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers, property, Ladbrokes, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados and Global Radio. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Barbados and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had shares in all of Aidan O’Brien’s best horses. Those to have carried the Magnier dark blue silks include Investec Derby winners Galileo , Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant’s Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and Declaration Of War.

Michael Tabor – Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain before selling to Coral in 1995. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe’s largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor’s fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include shares in Victor Chandler and Ladbrokes bookmakers. Valued at £550 million in 2013 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers such as Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me and 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches.

Derrick Smith (Wynaus Syndicate - Background: Former Ladbrokes trading director, now based in Barbados with wife Gay. Currency trading helped him to be worth £565 million in 2013 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Racing interests: In 2004, joined Coolmore as an investor and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight atop such horses as last year’s Investec Derby winner Camelot and Investec Oaks heroine Was. Others to sport his silks include Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup victor St Nicholas Abbey, Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory, Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a numbers of jumpers including Holywell, a winner at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.


John O’Shea

Born: September 26, 1969, North Queensland Based: Randwick, New South Wales Background: Played football as a child for Queensland and obtained a journalism degree at University of South Queensland. He moved to Sydney in 1995. Spent time working for Tommy Smith, Bart Cummings, Gai Waterhouse and Garry Moore before taking out his own licence in 1999. Major Races Won: Manikato Stakes (2012 Sea Siren), William Reid Stakes (2012 Foxwedge), Doomben 10,000 (2012 Sea Siren), BTC Cup (2012 Sea Siren), Rosehill Guineas (2010 Zabrasive), Sydney Cup (2010 Jessicabeel), All Aged Stakes (2004 Private Steer, 2008 Racing To Win). TJ Smith Stakes (2006 Racing To Win), Epsom Handicap (2006 Racing To Win), Doncaster Handicap (2004 Private Steer, 2006 Racing To Win), George Main Stakes (2006 Racing To Win), George Ryder Stakes (2006 Racing To Win), The Galaxy (2005 Changle Forward), Metropolitan Handicap (2003 Bedouin), Stradbroke Handicap (2003 Private Steer), Toorak Handicap (2002 Toorak)


Ryan Moore

Born: September 18, 1983. Background: From a family steeped in racing. His late grandfather Charlie was a trainer, Sussex-based dad Gary, a former jump jockey, is a trainer under both codes, while mum Jayne was an accomplished amateur rider, as was his aunt Candy Morris. Older brother Jamie is a jump jockey, while his sister Hayley has also ridden winners as an amateur under Rules and his youngest brother, Joshua, has followed the others into a riding career. Moore’s career began over hurdles, when making a winning debut as an amateur on Mersey Beat at Towcester on May 15, 2000. First major success on the Flat came as a 5lb claimer when he captured the 2002 Cesarewitch at Newmarket on the Martin Pipe-trained Miss Fara. Appointed first rider to Sir Michael Stoute in November 2007. He has had 18 Royal Ascot winners. Accolades: champion apprentice in 2003 (59 winners); British champion jockey three times – 2006 (182 wins), 2008 (192), 2009 (178). British Classic Wins (4): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce, 2013 Ruler Of The World), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2012 Homecoming Queen). Other Major Wins Include: Investec Coronation Cup (2009 Ask, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey), Irish Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2011 Wrote, 2012 George Vancouver), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2008 & 2009 Conduit), Coral Eclipse (2007 Notnowcato), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2009 Conduit), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2010 Workforce) First Royal Ascot Win: Colony, King George V Stakes, June 2008 Royal Ascot Wins (20):  King George V Handicap (2008 Colony), Queen’s Vase (2008 Patkai, 2012 Estimate), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2008 Sugar Ray), Hampton Court Stakes (2009 Glass Harmonium), Wolferton Handicap (2009 Perfect Stride), Wokingham Handicap (2009 High Standing), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall), Windsor Forest Stakes (2010 Strawberrydaiquiri), Hardwicke Stakes (2010 Harbinger, 2011 Await The Dawn, 2012 Sea Moon), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2010 Bergo, 2012 Simenon), Coventry Stakes (2011 Power), Chesham Stakes (2011 Maybe), Ascot Handicap (2012 Simenon), Britannia Handicap (2012 Fast Or Free), Gold Cup (2013 Estimate); King Edward VII Stakes (2013 Hillstar) 



The bookmakers fought back on the fourth day of Royal Ascot after enduring a torrid time on the previous day following the victory of 7/2 favourite Estimate for The Queen in the Gold Cup.


There was a huge gamble on Sandiva in the opening Albany Stakes and Richard Fahey’s filly was sent off the 7/4 favourite having opened up at 5/2 in the morning.


However, she could only finish second behind eventual winner Kiyoshi (8/1) and the layers were firmly on the front foot after 10/11 favourite Battle Of Marengo was worn down by 15/2 shot Hillstar in the King Edward VII Stakes in the second race.


Sky Lantern’s victory at 9/2 in the Coronation Stakes and Leading Light’s success at 5/4 in the Queen’s Vase gave punters some respite but overall the bookmakers were chipper after the fourth day of the Royal Meeting.


Paddy Power said: “We were up a small amount today after CharlesHills’s Kiyoshi gave us a crackerjack result in the opener, although Leading Light pretty much abated that. We’re still down on the week and hoping for some final day salvation.”


Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths was also in a sanguine mood.


“We can’t complain after day four,” said Griffiths. “Kiyoshi and Hillstar got us off to a flyer and even Sky Lantern didn’t do too much damage as all the money was for Big Break.


“Leading Light took the shine off what would have been a great day, but we’re still in good shape heading into Saturday.”


Stan James were also smiling at the end of the fourth day.


“We’ve had a much better day after yesterday’s humbling with CharlieHills’ Kiyoshi doing us a massive favour in the opener by beating favourite Sandiva and Frankel’s half-sister Joyeuse,” said their spokesman Rory Jiwani.


“Hillstar then turned over Battle Of Marengo in the King Edward VII Stakes which was an excellent result for us.”


However, Ladbrokes’ David Williams was more reflective following an indifferent set of results for his firm.


“It was a mixed bag,” said Williams.


“We’re still a bit behind going into the final day but we’re still in play and haven’t given up hope of turning it all around on the biggest betting day of the week.”


The going at Royal Ascot for the fifth and final day remains


following three millimetres of rain up to 8.30am

Chris Stickels, Clerk of the Course, said at 9.15am: “We had just under three millimetres of rain by 8.30am. Two millimetres evaporated yesterday so we are back to near where we started yesterday morning with some moisture in the ground.

“We were forecast a band of rain and I think we are seeing the backend of that. We are forecast a few blustery showers later on during the day but I expect the going to remain  similar to how it is now.

“The ground has been pretty reasonable this week. It got quite quick on Thursday but the forecast rain did not happen. I think it would have been the wrong thing to have watered (after racing on Wednesday) with that sort of forecast.

“Then we did water on Thursday night for Friday and, as it turned out, we did not get any rain yesterday apart from a bit of drizzle in the morning.

“I have been pretty pleased with the ground and no-one has complained about it to me. The ground has been consistent across the straight track. The week has gone well.”

GoingStick Readings at 8.30am


Stands’ side 9.4 (9.0 Friday, 9.8 Thursday, 9.2 Wednesday & 8.9 Tuesday)

Centre 9.3 (9.1, 10.1, 9.4 & 9.0)

Far side 9.5 (9.3, 10.1, 9.3 & 9.1)



Round 8.2 (8.1, 9.3, 8.4 & 8.3).



Straight Course: Centre

Round Course: Inside



First race 2.30pm: The Chesham Stakes

No 5. Flying Author (Going)

No 17. Adeste Fideles (Vet’s certificate (lame))


Fourth race 4.25pm: The Wokingham Handicap 

No 1. Boomerang Bob (Vet’s certificate (lame))

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