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Kingscote still riding high on back of Derby glory

Richard Kingscote’s winning run continued into Goodwood’s Sunday meeting as the Derby hero landed the first two races on the card at the Sussex track.

Fresh from Desert Crown’s superb Classic win, the rider partnered Tom Ward’s The Turpinator in the opening Goodwood Celebrates The Platinum Jubilee Handicap, starting at 4-1 for the eight-runner event.

The gelding was victorious by a neck, defeating Charlie Hills’ The Attorney after making his challenge a furlong from home.

“He was smooth and Tom (Ward) told me to settle him wherever I was happy,” Kingscote told Racing TV.

Richard Kingscote
Richard Kingscote (Adam Davy/PA)

“I was probably a horse further back than when I wanted to be, but the horse in front took me into the race and the cut away really helped.

“I wasn’t going to light him up from the stalls. He was nice and settled and I left him be, because we had a nice lead in the race and he responded well.”

The jockey then took the ride on Harry and Roger Charlton’s Flag Flying, the 6-4 favourite for the British European Breeders Fund EBF Novice Stakes and another winner when prevailing by an easy four lengths.

After the success Kingscote was asked whether he had come back down to earth after his Derby victory, to which he replied: “Yes. I’ve been trying to get some sleep but that didn’t go too well!”

Kingscote had two other booked rides, but both were declared non-runners.

What dreams are made of – Dascombe heaps praise on Derby-winning rider Kingscote

Tom Dascombe paid tribute to Richard Kingscote the morning after his long-time stable jockey claimed Derby glory aboard Desert Crown.

The pair enjoyed a long and successful partnership before Kingscote decided last year to pursue increased opportunities with Sir Michael Stoute.

It is a decision which paid off spectacularly for the 35-year-old at Epsom on Saturday, as the Stoute-trained Desert Crown ran out a hugely impressive winner of the premier Classic.

Dascombe himself recently made a move south after being replaced as the salaried trainer at Michael Owen’s Manor Farm Stables in Cheshire by Hugo Palmer, and now trains out of Uplands in Lambourn.

He has continued to use Kingscote when available and was thrilled to see him prove himself on the biggest stage of all.

“It’s what dreams are made of, isn’t it? I couldn’t be happier for him. It’s just magic,” said Dascombe.

“I think Sir Michael Stoute has done exactly what he said to Richard he would do. He’s given him the opportunity when Ryan Moore isn’t available and Richard has snapped it up and proved, beyond all doubt now, what I’ve been saying about him for the last 17 years – that he’s as good as anybody.

“He’s not a big talker and he never beats himself up. I’ve been telling everyone for 17 years what a brilliant man he is and luckily for him, Sir Michael Stoute has listened.”

Kingscote was a teenage apprentice when Dascombe first called on his services and he insists he knew from an early stage he was a top-class rider in the making.

Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote with Brown Panther at the Curragh
Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote with Brown Panther at the Curragh (PA)

He added: “He’d have been about 18, I suppose, when he first start riding for me and I had no doubt that he was a top-class jockey from the very start.

“One of his first rides for me was on a horse called Gross Prophet at Newbury. If you find the video and watch it for yourself, you’ll see what an unbelievably cool head he’s got.

“He made the running that day and dropped back to fifth or sixth because all the other jockeys kicked too early. He came back and passed them all and won.”

Dascombe revealed he had a pre-race conversation with Kingscote prior to his Derby success.

He said: “I had no doubts about his temperament for yesterday. I just said to him ‘whatever you do, don’t get trapped down the inside. As long as you don’t make a mistake, you will win the Derby’.

“He gave him the perfect ride, apart from he kicked for home far too early – and I gave him a b******ing about that!

“To me he won the Derby yesterday in the first furlong. He got his horse into the position he wanted and this is why he’s such a brilliant jockey around Chester and places like that. He got his position and didn’t let anybody keep him out if it.

“I was watching the race with my dad and after the first furlong and a half I said ‘he’s won this’, because he’s made the horse get to where he wanted it to be and after that it was just a cruise.

“We’re best mates and I still consider him to be my jockey. I just couldn’t be happier for him.”

Like most jockeys Kingscote has had his fair share of ups and downs, most notably losing the ride on the Dascombe-trained Brown Panther in the 2011 St Leger at Doncaster.

Trainer Tom Dascombe
Trainer Tom Dascombe (Julian Herbert/PA)

Kingscote had steered the colt to victory at Royal Ascot earlier that year, but was replaced by Kieren Fallon in the season’s final Classic, with the pair finishing second to Masked Marvel.

Kingscote did eventually get back on board Brown Panther, however, and they recorded a further six victories together, including a runaway success in the 2014 Irish St Leger and the following year’s Dubai Gold Cup.

“Richard’s temperament got him back on Brown Panther,” said Dascombe.

“Kieren Fallon gave the horse a fantastic ride in the St Leger. I’m not saying Richard couldn’t have done that, but he didn’t have the opportunity to.

Richard Kingscote with the Derby trophy
Richard Kingscote with the Derby trophy (David Davies/PA)

“There’s a time and a place for everything. It wasn’t my decision to take him off the horse, but I had to go along with it.

“Richard didn’t lose any confidence in himself or in me by that decision being made. For the owners it was the right decision at the right time and they were big enough and man enough to realise that it’s not about one race, it’s about a hundred horses in the yard and making the right decision for every single day.”

For Kingscote it was straight back to the day job at Goodwood on Sunday – where both his rides were winners – and Dascombe is not expecting there to be any wild celebrations.

He quipped: “Richard is the most boring man in the world! His idea of celebrating will be to sit on his PlayStation on his sofa.”

Stoute rolls back the years as Desert Crown delivers Derby delight

Just the small matter of 41 years on from his first Derby success with the legendary Shergar, Sir Michael Stoute produced another potential superstar as Desert Crown strolled to victory at Epsom.

Sent off the 5-2 favourite having easily won the Dante Stakes at York, a tried and tested route of Stoute’s, the son of Nathaniel had been an unconsidered 33-1 shot for the blue riband as the Guineas were being run.

Having suffered a setback in the spring, his handler had been worried the York race would come too soon and admitted to being taken aback by the ease of his victory on the Knavesmire.

There was never any doubt he would be the one to beat after that, but with Aidan O’Brien and Charlie Appleby both fielding three viable challengers in a field of 17, Desert Crown’s main danger in a a race run this in memory of Lester Piggott could have proved to be traffic.

As soon as Richard Kingscote adopted a position in the first half a dozen those fears dissipated, though, and having chosen to track Ryan Moore on Stone Age, when he made his move Kingscote suddenly found himself in front.

Desert Crown was an impressive winner of the Derby
Desert Crown was an impressive winner of the Derby (Tim Goode/PA)

In truth, the race was over three furlongs out, and while Hoo Ya Mal and the staying-on Westover closed to within two and a half lengths, Desert Crown’s superiority was marked.

While Stoute stopped short of comparing him to Shergar, he once again houses one of the most exciting horses in training and thankfully Desert Crown’s temperament was bombproof as fireworks were let off over the grandstand before the race.

Stoute said: “It’s just a delight to train nice horses and I’ll never tire of that. Fortunately we have come across another good one. We were very hopeful after York that he might win the Derby.

“I was very happy when he got to the top of the hill, he was really (well) positioned, he travelled and floated down the hill.

“Shergar was very special, he hasn’t quite reached that stage but he has potential.”

Stoute had not won the Derby since Workforce broke the track record in 2010, but never gave up hope he would be back in the hallowed winner’s enclosure one day.

“I didn’t know if Workforce would be the last one, you realise as time moves on your chances lessen but it had been a lot of years and some people didn’t think I’d win another,” he said.

“We’d been getting a lot of well wishers as they were impressed with him in the Dante.

“It has been a great afternoon. I am to be proud of that (oldest trainer to win the Derby at age 76), I’m proud of the horse.

“That it is very nice (winning the Derby in Platinum Jubilee year), but I’m sad I didn’t win it for her (the Queen) as I think we were unlucky with Carlton House (third in 2011) – that would have been the biggest thrill.

“It is always nice to see the Queen racing here and Ascot and anywhere.”

As ever, Stoute would not be drawn on future plans, but a crack at the Irish Derby would look the next logical step.

Jockey Richard Kingscote and trainer Sir Michael Stoute with the Cazoo Derby trophy
Jockey Richard Kingscote and trainer Sir Michael Stoute with the Cazoo Derby trophy (Tim Goode/PA)

“I think you have to go home and see how they take it, we’ll just try to get it right and see how his recovery is,” he said.

“He’ll be fine over 10 furlongs, these good horses are fine over a variety of trips.”

For the man on board it was the crowning moment of his career. Whereas Stoute was winning a sixth Derby, this was a first Classic for Kingscote.

“Once I got to the top of the hill I was pretty happy. I was one off the fence which was great as I thought for a minute I was going to be trapped three deep which I didn’t want to be,” he said.

“He was travelling so nicely, he gave me a great ride. The way he was going, once we came over the road and changed leads he skipped away and I was quite taken with him, as Sir Michael said I was maybe a bit sharp but he was very good.

“After York I’d been quite confident, but having not ridden a Derby winner before I didn’t want to get my hopes up. He’s got a lovely character and he’s clearly very good.

“This is huge for a rider, any rider, to win the Derby. Lots of jockeys go through their career without riding in a Derby or winning a Derby. I owe this to Sir Michael and his owners and staff and all the other trainers who have supported me along the way.

“I’d said before the race about how I wanted it to go and that must have come pretty close to it. I didn’t expect to be as handy as I was but other than that it went beautifully.”

Desert Crown comes home in isolation
Desert Crown comes home in isolation (John Walton/PA

Kingscote is not your stereotypical jockey, he has plenty of tattoos and loves riding high-powered motorcycles, and it seems he already has his eyes on a new addition to his collection.

“I think I might get another bike, it might be on the cards, yes. Maybe a Ducati if this man (Stoute) will let me,” he added.

There was a curious postscript to the race as Desert Crown must pass a stalls test before his next engagement.

The official stewards’ report read: “The starter reported that Desert Crown was the subject of a third criteria failure. Sir Michael Stoute was informed that the colt could not run until the day after passing a stalls test.”

Kingscote living Derby dream with Desert Crown

When Richard Kingscote took the decision to leave his old ally Tom Dascombe and join forces with Sir Michael Stoute, only in his wildest dreams could he have imagined he would be riding the Cazoo Derby favourite Desert Crown the following spring.

Kingscote knew that when taking the job he would be playing second fiddle to Ryan Moore whenever the former champion was free from his commitment to Aidan O’Brien, but given Moore is in Ireland most weekends, Kingscote would still be picking up some good rides.

However, in recent years Stoute has been quiet by his exceedingly high standards and many felt Kingscote had made the wrong move given when aligned with Dascombe he was guaranteed a healthy stream of winners every year.

Fast forward 10 months and Dascombe is no longer inhabiting Michael Owen’s Manor House Stables, having to start afresh in Lambourn, and Kingscote is now sitting pretty on Desert Crown, the general 2-1 market leader for Epsom.

Having been an ante-post gamble in the week prior to his reappearance, some eyebrows were raised at Derby odds around the 6-1 mark when all the Nathaniel colt had on his CV to date was win a Nottingham maiden in November.

Desert Crown and Richard Kingscote after winning the Dante
Desert Crown and Richard Kingscote after winning the Dante (Tim Goode/PA)

As the Al Basti Equiworld-sponsored Dante approached at York, confidence appeared to wain, especially when Stoute admitted his preparation had been far from smooth with a setback earlier in the spring.

But Stoute has not achieved what he has by being far from the mark when he thinks he has a good one and Desert Crown put to bed a good field with ease, coming home three and a quarter lengths clear of the Acomb winner Royal Patronage with O’Brien’s Bluegrass a further two and a half away.

Far from being carried away by the experience, Kingscote appeared to be taking it all in his stride. Just as his mount did.

“He was very relaxed, I got him into a nice rhythm, we moved well into the straight and he did everything I asked him, I was pleased,” said Kingscote.

“It’s still early days for him, but after a performance like that you hope things can be exciting. Of course Ryan’s horse in Ireland (Stone Age) was very impressive and going to a Derby is always going to be difficult.

“Horses are all individuals and sometimes you can think they are going to improve a lot and they don’t quite improve as much as you would think.

“He’s done well from two to three, I was taken with how well he’s filled out and they’ve done a great job with him.

“Absolutely this is exciting for me and I’m in a very privileged position to be able to work under Sir Michael and Ryan, I’ve been lucky Ryan had one in the race today and people were nice enough to let me on. Fortunately I delivered on that so I’m very pleased.”

Kingscote, despite being one of the elder weighing-room statesmen, has only had one Derby ride to date, and it did not go well.

“I’ve had one ride in the Derby for Harry Dunlop who had won the Lingfield Derby Trial (Knight To Behold in 2018). It was no good, it didn’t go so well (11th of 12),” he said.

“I was in front a long time today so I think we can forgive him drifting to his right so I’m not totally concerned about that.

“I’ve no issue about going up in trip, he ran right through the line and is very relaxed so he’s answered quite a few questions and has done it in a likeable manner.”

Desert Crown justifies all the talk with Dante success

Desert Crown justified the hype, crashing into favouritism for the Cazoo Derby with an authoritative three-and-a-quarter-length success under Richard Kingscote in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York.

With ante-post favourite Luxembourg injured and few others making a deep impression in other trials, Desert Crown’s odds tumbled from 33-1 before the 2000 Guineas to 6-1 second-favourite behind Stone Age for the premier Classic on June 4 on the strength of his home reputation.

Winner of a Nottingham maiden in November, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained son of Nathaniel had suffered a setback which had hampered his progress over the winter, yet on only his second start he clearly laid down a marker with a smooth success on the Knavesmire.

Sent off the 7-2 joint-favourite, Desert Crown was allowed to lob along near the back of the eight-runner field as White Wolf set a good tempo, but once produced three furlongs out he quickened up well and lengthened clear to score with ease from market rival Royal Patronage.

Despite showing his inexperience, drifting towards the stands rail, he had plenty to spare at the end of the extended 10-furlong contest.

Bookmaker reaction for Epsom was immediate, with Betfair and Paddy Power making Desert Crown the 2-1 Derby favourite. Coral kept Stone Age as their 2-1 market leader ahead of Desert Crown at 3-1.

Victory gave Stoute a seventh Dante success and he will now look to land the Derby for the sixth time – and the second with the colours of Desert Crown’s owner Saeed Suhail, who was victorious with Kris Kin in 2003.

“He had that hold up and he was only really ready for a race now so I’m very pleased, he was very smooth,” said the Newmarket handler.

“His temperament isn’t a problem, he’s a very relaxed horse.

“I like the Dante, it’s a good trial, a good test. He’s got further to go at Epsom, but I’d be very hopeful it wouldn’t be a problem.

“I’ve no idea what’s left to come from him, others in the race are bound to improve, too, but you’d have to expect improvement from him as it is only his second start, just his second visit to a racecourse.

“That was a big leap up. He was impressive in his maiden, but as he got behind with the hold up and behind schedule we had to do what we did and he didn’t let me down, he surprised me actually.

“What he showed me there was very encouraging. Other than Workforce all my Dante horses had had a previous race early in the season so that was very encouraging.

“I was excited watching the race, but now I’m calm.”

Mark Johnston was pleased with Royal Patronage, whose seasonal reappearance was in the Guineas, where he was eighth.

The Middleham trainer said: “You’re never delighted with second, bit it’s nice to be back in the game.

“It was a really good run. Two (furlongs) down I thought we were travelling as well as anybody, but I possibly wasn’t watching the winner at that point.

Desert Crown got the better of Royal Patronage
Desert Crown got the better of Royal Patronage (Tim Goode/PA)

“I’d like to watch it back as just as we started to make our move it got a little bit tight in front of him. He wasn’t exactly checked, but maybe the winner got a run on us, I’m not sure.

“We ran in a mile in the Guineas, having previously planned to come here and go to Epsom. We talked ourselves into a mile for the Guineas and the one thing we know now is that’s wrong.

“We’ve got lots to think about regarding where he goes next. It could be France (for the French Derby), but it could still be Epsom.

“He’s finished second to the Derby favourite and we’re not ruling anything out.”

Roman Mist clings on to win Snowdrop for Ward

Roman Mist provided Tom Ward the biggest success of his training career to date after coming out on top in a thrilling three-way finish to the Racing TV Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes at Kempton.

Runner-up on her seasonal reappearance at the Sunbury venue three weeks ago, Roman Mist was a 9-2 chance to go one better and secure Listed honours in the hands of Richard Kingscote.

The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor was strongly pressed by both 2-1 shot Potapova and 5-4 favourite My Astra in the dying strides, but held them at bay by a head and a neck respectively.

Ward, who spent several years as assistant to leading trainer Richard Hannon before going it alone in 2019, was understandably thrilled.

He said: “What a filly. I couldn’t watch the last 100 yards. She was just idling a bit as she had been in front for a long time and she was half waiting for them to come to her.

“For a filly who was rated 63 last year to win a Listed race is a huge hike and hopefully there are even bigger days to come.

“It is a huge step in my career. It is massive to get something like this under the belt. We’ve got a really good team of young staff and horses and hopefully we can carry it on.

“She is an amazing flagbearer and to do that today, I’m sort of speechless but over the moon.”

David Menuisier and David Egan combined to land the preceding Racing TV Rosebery Handicap with 22-1 shot Belloccio.

Belloccio (left) knuckled down to strike gold in the Rosebery Handicap
Belloccio (left) knuckled down to strike gold in the Rosebery Handicap (John Walton/PA)

The four-year-old had not managed to get his head in front since winning a Listed prize in France in the autumn of 2020, but proved the fire still burns with a head verdict over 18-5 favourite Stay Well.

“I’m absolutely delighted because we thought the world of this horse as he was a very high class two-year-old,” said Menuisier.

“Last year we did throw him in the deep end and he did bump into some really good horses, but I think he lost the will to fight.

“It was a matter of giving him a good winter and going to church every Sunday and hope that he would eventually reverse his form!

“When one loses his form like this and you know deep inside it is still there it is so emotional when they do come back. Today is a real victory, not just a win.”

Gay Kelleway has a trip to Royal Ascot in mind for Ocean Cloud (5-2) after she notched her second course and distance win from as many starts in the opening RacingTV/EBF Novice Stakes.

Kelleway said: “The moment she came into the yard she was a natural athlete and a natural fast runner. She has got natural early talent.

“The key to a good horse is one that travels and quickens and that is what she does.

“I’m not keen on going to York for the Marygate as it is too close to Royal Ascot, but we might go to Chester for the Lily Agnes.

“The Queen Mary would be the main aim. She is for sale as well as she runs in my own name.”

Al Husn impressed at Kempton
Al Husn impressed at Kempton (John Walton/PA)

Al Husn could also be Ascot-bound after impressing in the Racing TV Fillies’ Conditions Stakes for Roger Varian.

Richard Hills, assistant racing manager to winning owners Shadwell Estate Company, said of the 100-30 winner: “She is not very big and her work is just okay, but she is a typical Dubawi in that she sticks her head out and tries. She will get further.

“She could be a Sandringham filly over that stiff mile and then we could step her up.”

The William Haggas-trained Maljoom (3-1) proved strong for the Queen’s 8-13 favourite Saga in the Join Racing TV Now Conditions Stakes.

Solid Stone shines in Winter Hill win

Richard Kingscote executed a perfect front-running ride as Solid Stone came out on top in the Sytner BMW Sunningdale & Maidenhead Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor.

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, who was registering an eighth success in this Group Three event, Solid Stone was sent off a 9-4 chance in a four-runner heat after finishing fourth at Salisbury last time.

Sporting first-time cheekpieces, Solid Stone was sharply away for Kingscote, who opted to set his own pace with favourite Fancy Man tracking him throughout.

He was still bowling along with half a mile to run, but it turned into an exciting battle in the final two furlongs with Harrovian challenging on one side and Fancy Man on the other, but Kingscote had a bit up his sleeve and Solid Stone eventually prevailed by three-quarters of a length.

The jockey told Sky Sports Racing: “He deserved it, he’s been running well all summer.

“He’s done it well today. Sir Michael just reached for the cheekpieces and they helped us out at the two pole and he kept on rolling.

“It’s great to get a nice winner (for Stoute).”

Bruce Raymond, representing the winning owner Saeed Suhail, said: “He’s been working exceptionally well and Richard just suggested last time putting the cheekpieces on and I think they’ve made the difference.

“He always looks as though he would stay a mile and a half, but I don’t know, I’ll leave that to Sir Michael – he’s the engineer, if he doesn’t know it, it’s not worth knowing!”

Teona got back on the winning track in the Sytner BMW Sunningdale & Maidenhead August Stakes for Roger Varian and Ray Dawson.

The three-year-old has faced two tough tests this season in taking third behind Snowfall in the Musidora before finishing well behind that rival when 10th in the Oaks at Epsom.

Given a break since then, Teona was sent off the 3-1 joint-favourite for the extended 11-furlong heat along with Domino Darling and she eventually made easy work of beating her seven rivals.

She kicked clear when given the signal by Dawson, galloping home three and three-quarter lengths in front of Desert Encounter to register a first Listed success.

Varian said: “We had big hopes of her in the spring and it didn’t go her way in the Oaks trial or the Oaks, so we’ve given her time.

“Hopefully this is just the start for her now – it’s nice to get a Listed win and hopefully she can build on that now.”

Teona has a handful of entries in the coming weeks, including next month’s Blandford Stakes at the Curragh and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and Varian added: “We’ll see how she comes out of it.

“She’s well entered up so we have plenty of options over a mile and a half.

“I don’t think she will want the ground too soft, hopefully she comes out of this race well and we can look at something in September maybe.

“There’s hopefully next year as well. Her mum, Ambivalent, got better with age and this filly, hopefully the best is still to come.”

Tom Dascombe not seeking a replacement for Richard Kingscote

Tom Dascombe feels the fact jockeys are restricted to riding at one meeting per day has negated the need for him to announce a replacement for Richard Kingscote.

After a long and successful association with Dascombe, Kingscote has decided to pursue increased opportunities for Sir Michael Stoute this year.

While the pair will still team up on occasion, Dascombe admits that when Kingscote informed him of his link up with Stoute earlier this year, it did come as a shock.

“Richard made this decision at sort of the beginning of the year, when Sir Michael asked him. He hasn’t been our stable jockey basically for 2021,” said Dascombe.

“We obviously miss that connection but he’ll continue to ride for us, as and when available at each different meeting. Now jockeys can only ride at one meeting everything’s changed anyway – I suppose we’ll save a few quid for paying him to ride for us!

“With the changes in jockeys only being able to do one meeting, there’s no need for a stable jockey.”

While Jane Elliott is coming in for more and more rides for the yard, Dascombe says he will continue to use the best available, too.

“It’s creating far more work, but you just have to look at each meeting and see who’s the best jockey available,” he told Nick Luck’s Daily Podcast.

Tom Dascombe admits he has found this season strange without having first call on Richard Kingscote
Tom Dascombe admits he has found this season strange without having first call on Richard Kingscote (Mike Egerton/PA)

“Whether Richard is at Newmarket or Newbury or Ascot, hopefully he’ll ride the horses there for us and Jane (Elliott) will ride wherever and then you just use the best available. They can’t go from Wolverhampton to Sandown anymore or whatever it might be.

“We’ve been together a long time. It wasn’t something I was expecting to happen. It’s taken a little while to get used to the idea of not going to the races and legging Richard up on a horse.

“What amazes me is that 15 years ago when I started using Richard, people – owners – didn’t really want him and it took years for people to understand that he was a brilliant jockey.

“Ralph Beckett, he started using him because he could see that is a great jockey. And it’s taken all this time for the genius that is Sir Michael Stoute to realise he’s as good as anybody out there and better than most.

“If Richard rides your horse, you’re going to get an honest answer after the race, and he’s going to do his level best.”

Meu Amor sets up Goodwood outing with Eternal strike at Carlisle

Meu Amor stamped her class on the British Stallion Studs EBF Eternal Stakes at Carlisle.

Ralph Beckett’s filly brought a high level of form to the Listed contest, having finished a close-up fourth in the Group Three Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield and third in the Surrey Stakes at Epsom on her last couple of starts.

The daughter of Siyouni was sent off at 3-1 for her latest assignment under Richard Kingscote and travelled strongly throughout the seven-furlong contest before pulling two and three-quarter lengths clear of Ken Condon’s Irish raider Thunder Beauty.

The previously unbeaten 15-8 favourite Cloudy Dawn was just over two lengths further back in third.

“It was straightforward,” said Kingscote.

“She had enough form to say she’d be in the mix. Of course the unknown was how much more Mr (William) Haggas’ filly (Cloudy Dawn) had under the bonnet, but my filly did everything lovely.

“Back on some better ground, she showed a good attitude and it was very smooth.”

Beckett is planning to step Meu Amor back up in class at Glorious Goodwood.

He said: “We were a little bit underwhelmed by the effort at Epsom and I think her performance today showed we were right to be.

“She enjoyed the track and the race set up well for her.

“I think we’ll look towards Goodwood and the Oak Tree Stakes in five weeks’ time.”

Stormy Antarctic sparks Festival celebration at Goodwood

Stormy Antarctic secured his first British win in over five years as he powered home in the Listed MansionBet Beaten By A Head Festival Stakes at Goodwood.

Ed Walker’s charge won the Craven Stakes back in April 2016, but has largely been focussed on major overseas targets in the interim, chalking up four wins in Group Two and Three company, as well as placing at the highest level on multiple occasions.

Now an eight-year-old, Stormy Antarctic had finished second in a couple of Listed heats so far this year, but relishing the testing conditions at Goodwood, he roared back to form under Richard Kingscote.

Stormy Antarctic was travelling noticeably well turning into the straight as pacesetter Winter Reprise just started to feel the pinch and Walker’s runner seized control with a furlong to run in the 10-furlong heat.

Kingscote urged him clear and he passed the post three and a quarter lengths ahead of the staying-on Desert Encounter, with Winter Reprise third.

“I must admit this feels like my first winner as he’s such a hero and flown the flag for the yard for so long,” said Walker

“He hadn’t won (in Britain) since George Baker rode him in the Craven and is such a loyal servant.

“My hopes rose when the rain came, as he’d run so well under a canny ride at Windsor. And the race cut up well for us, while Richard got him beautifully settled.

“We did pencil in a Group Two in Milan at the end of June, but the ground will probably prevent that and we may well look after him by keeping the miles down and freshening him up.”

Simon and Ed Crisford’s Flotus (7-4 favourite) justified strong market support when making a striking impression on debut in the MansionBet Bet 10 Get 20 EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Silvestre de Sousa was on board and said: “She was slow from the gates and took time to settle, but when I pulled her out, I just needed to let her go.

“She didn’t like being covered up and she preferred a clear run. It might have been because there was not enough pace.

Flotus was very impressive in the opener
Flotus was very impressive in the opener (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“She feels like that (Royal Ascot). I just gave her a little push and she quickened very well, as if she was on good ground, she feels really nice.”

The former champion jockey quickly doubled up on David Menuisier’s November Handicap third Nuit St Georges (4-1) in the MansionBet Watch And Bet Handicap, before further adding to his tally with Rhoscolyn (12-1) in the Download The MansionBet App Handicap.

Hukum returned to winning ways for Owen Burrows in the MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed Tapster Stakes.

Hukum (left) jut drifts into the rail causing Morando to be short of room
Hukum (left) jut drifts into the rail causing Morando to be short of room (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

While the 5-6 favourite hit the front on the bridle, the testing ground began to take its toll as he drifted to the rail, briefly causing De Sousa to stop riding on Morando.

That allowed On To Victory to run on into second, beaten a length and a half.

“We thought a lot of him and he did us proud last year, and he did well physically through the winter,” said Burrows.

“He ran a respectable race on his comeback in the Gordon Richards, a race that turned into a sprint which didn’t suit us.

“It was the exact opposite in the ground today. He travelled into it well, but made a little bit of hard work putting it to bed.

“He’s in the Coronation Cup, but that will come too soon and the plan is to go for the Hardwicke.”

Noon Star takes centre stage at Wetherby

Noon Star emerged as a potential Oaks contender after making an impressive start to her campaign at Wetherby.

Sir Michael Stoute’s filly is a daughter of Galileo out of the top-class racemare Midday, who won six Group Ones in the colours of the late owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah, but was narrowly denied in the Oaks at Epsom by Sariska in 2009.

Having made a promising start to her career when third at Salisbury in September, Noon Star opened her account with a clear-cut win at Nottingham the following month and was a 4-5 favourite for her reappearance in the racingtv.com Fillies’ Novice Stakes.

Ridden by Richard Kingscote, the three-year-old displayed a willing attitude to pull two and a half lengths clear of Loving Dream, with Franklet a further six lengths away in third.

Paddy Power cut Noon Star to 12-1 from 20-1 for the Cazoo Oaks on June 4.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Abdullah’s Juddmonte operation, said: “I think it was pleasing the way she did it. She jumped well, settled in a good position and the first and second drew clear, which is encouraging for the future.

“We’ll discuss with the (Abdullah) family what they want to do, but there will be options like that (Oaks).”

Ametist (second right) in action at Wetherby
Ametist (second right) in action at Wetherby (Tim Goode/PA)

Ametist looks a similarly exciting prospect for William Haggas and Cheveley Park Stud judged on a facile success in the Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Novice Stakes.

Making his first competitive appearance since scoring at Chepstow last summer, the Dutch Art gelding was a prohibitively priced 4-9 favourite in the hands of Tom Marquand.

Those who took the cramped odds will have had few concerns, however, with Ametist readily stretching four and a quarter lengths clear of second-favourite Miquelon.

“It wasn’t a great race, but he did it well,” said Haggas.

“This is his third run over seven furlongs, but I think he’ll get a mile in time.

“He looks to have plenty of speed. He just lacks experience that’s all.

“We’ll see what sort of mark he gets and plan his campaign accordingly.”

Cosmos Raj (15-8) was another winning favourite, landing the Royal Pigeon Racing Association Handicap for David O’Meara and Danny Tudhope.

The Keith Dalgleish-trained Chookie Dunedin (8-1) was a half-length winner of the Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap, with Callum Rodriguez the winning rider.

Amniarix takes fast-track qualifier honours at Wolverhampton

Amniarix continued on an upward curve with an impressive success in the Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Fillies’ Conditions Stakes at Wolverhampton.

The Ed Walker-trained four-year-old was a course and distance scorer in November before following up over a mile at Kempton, and she returned to seven furlongs to record a stylish effort in the first fast-track qualifier of the year for All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday.

Ridden patiently by Richard Kingscote, the Bjorn Nielsen-owned daughter of Speightstown picked up smartly when asked from the top of the straight, sweeping to a two-length victory over Shimmering Dawn as the 7-4 favourite.

Dancing Feet set out to make all under Hollie Doyle and kept on for third, another length and a half away.

Kingscote said: “She’s done well this winter and gave me a lovely ride throughout, very straightforward. I just had to trust that she’d pick up in the straight as she’d done on her last couple of runs and she did it nicely.

“I got a nice lead round, and as I say she was very smooth. Although I came wide off the turn, she was picking up nicely.”

Walker’s charge is now qualified for the Fillies & Mares Championship over the same distance at Lingfield on April 2, and while the Surrey circuit would present a different test, Kingscote feels she would adapt to it.

He told Sky Sports Racing: “I think connections wanted to find out a bit more today, see where they are with her and what the future holds. She’s opened up some avenues for them.

“Lingfield is a sharp track, but she’s a good traveller and a well-balanced filly. She’s pretty straightforward and I can’t see it posing a problem.”

The victory was the highlight of a treble on the card for Kingscote, who had struck earlier in the evening through Album (6-1) and My Girl Maggie (6-4 favourite).

Stat of the Day, 8th July 2020

Tuesday's pick was...

1.15 Pontefract : Music Therapist @ 5/1 BOG 9th at 9/4 (Prominent, ridden 2f out, looked held when slightly hampered approaching final furlong, soon weakened) Poor effort all told.

Wednesday's pick runs in the...

6.40 Newbury :

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Puerto Banus @ 11/4 BOG

...in a 12-runner, Class 5, Flat handicap for 4yo+ over 1m on Good ground worth £3,493 to the winner...


Today's racecard snippets are...

And to fill in some gaps, we've got a 4yr old maiden, whose best effort came last time out, when a runner-up here over course and distance 25 days ago. In his defence, he was coming back from a 163-day layoff and was a little unlucky to have bumped into an in-form favourite that day. I'd expect him to be fitter and sharper today after that outing.

He will be ridden by Richard Kingscote, who has a good (albeit off a small number of rides) record for trainer Ian Williams and he's clear top on the Geegeez Speed ratings.

Stat-wise, we'll look at this a couple of ways, starting with the trainer jockey combo. Four from seventeen in the last year is a good starting point, but digging back a little shows that it's not just a purple patch, as since the start of 2016, the combo have the following record together...

Those numbers aren't too far away from replicating the 12 month ones, so some consistency can be seen and from those 79 runners...

  • Males are 18/70 (25.7%) for 51.27pts (+73.3%)
  • Handicappers are 17/68 (25%) for 36.4pts (+53.5%)
  • Those competing for less than £8k are 15/59 (25.4%) for 37.13pts (+62.9%)
  • Those who raced 6-30 days earlier are 13/44 (29.6%) for 33.9pts (+77.1%)
  • Those running on the Flat are 10/41 (24.4%) for 36.9pts (+90%)
  • Those racing in 4yo+ contests are 10/38 (26.3%) for 24.86pts (+65.4%)
  • Those racing over 6f to 1m are 7/28 (25%) for 32.2pts (+115%)
  • and Class 5 runners are 5/20 (25%) for 18.96pts (+94.8%)

Puerto Banus is Ian Williams' only runner of the day today and whilst some horses prefer to travel with stablemates, I has done very well with "solo travellers". In fact since the start of 2017, when his only runner of the day was a Flat or A/W handicapper, he has the following record...

...including of relevance today...

  • 25/130 (19.2%) for 103.47pts (+79.6%) in races worth less than £8k
  • 25/122 (20.5%) for 102.9pts (+84.3%) at Class 4 to 6
  • 16/85 (18.8%) for 80.08pts (+94.2%) on the Flat
  • 15/64 (23.4%) for 125pts (+195.3%) at 21-60 days since last run
  • 14/74 (18.9%) for 72.42pts (+97.9%) with 3/4 yr olds
  • 9/14 (64.3%) for 41.12pts (+293.7%) with LTO runners-up
  • and 8/34 (23.5%) for 18.46pts (+54.3%) on Good ground...

...whilst 3/4 yr olds in Class 4-6 Flat handicaps worth less than £8k, 21 to 45 days after their last run are...

...and that includes five winners and one runner-up (a 20/1 shot beaten by a length over 1m!) from six runners in the last two years...

...all of which suggests...a 1pt win bet on Puerto Banus @ 11/4 BOG as was widely available at 8.15am Wednesday, but as always please check your BOG statusTo see a small sample of odds offered on this race...

...click here for the betting on the 6.40 Newbury

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P.S. all P/L returns quoted in the stats above are to Betfair SP, as I NEVER bet to ISP and neither should you. I always use BOG bookies for SotD, wherever possible, but I use BFSP for the stats as it is the nearest approximation I can give, so I actually expect to beat the returns I use to support my picks. If that's unclear, please ask!

Stat of the Day, 23rd June 2020

Monday's pick was...

8.30 Windsor : Air Force Amy @ 13/2 BOG 2nd at 9/2 (Tracked leaders, effort and hung left from 2f out, ridden and went 2nd towards finish)

Tuesday's pick runs in the...

6.40 Chepstow :

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Peachey Carnehan @ 10/3 BOG

...in a 10-runner, Class 6, Flat handicap for 4yo+ over 7f on Good to Soft ground worth £2,782 to the winner... 


As usual, we start with the details we already know which are easily viewed on the racecard...

Saddlecloth 7, Drawn 6 of 10, Won LTO, wears blinkers regularly (bl5+), has won at the course (C), has won at the distance (D) last raced 8 days ago, he's 6 yrs old and will be ridden by a jockey with a good record at this track (C1, C5), has an official rating (OR) of 57, which purely coincidentally is also his Geegeez Speed Rating. The SR of 57 is the second highest in this contest, so straight away there's a feeling we've found one with at least a chance.

So, let's look at some of the above in a little more detail...

He's drawn 6 of 10, which looks a good place to be in similar contests to today, as shown on the racecard draw tab (set to 9-11 actual runners)

He was a winner here last time out over 6f when ridden by Richard Kingscote for the first time, but has a couple of wins over today's trip. He's also...

  • 7 from 55 in handicaps
  • 7 from 54 for trainer Michael Mullineaux
  • 5 from 35 at Class 6 that is very profitable to follow (+43.84pts @ 125.3% ROI)
  • 5 from 16 at 4/1 and shorter
  • 7 from 23 after 3-10 days rest
  • 2 from 8 on Good to Soft ground

Aside from the above, it has also paid to follow the yard's runners quickly turned back out after a good run. More specifically...

and these 52 runners include of relevance today...

  • 9/44 (20.4%) for 54.97pts (+124.9%) for male runners
  • 8/36 (22.2%) for 59.47pts (+165.2%) during June to September
  • 6/29 (20.7%) for 33.28pts (+114.8%) on the Flat
  • 5/20 (25%) for 23.71pts (+118.6%) at Class 6
  • 5/13 (38.5%) for 16.01pts (+123.1%) at an SP odds range of 5/2 to 6/1
  • 3/11 (27.3%) for 27.75pts (+252.3%) with runners stepping up in trip by 1/1.5 furlongs
  • and 2 from 6 (33.3%) for 23.42pts (+390.3%) here at Chepstow...

...whilst Class 6 males on the Flat during June to September are 4 from 9 (44.4% SR) for 31.21pts (+346.8% ROI), including 3 from 5 at 5/2 to 6/1, 2 from 4 here at Chepstow and 1 from 2 stepping up in trip...

...pointing to...a 1pt win bet on Peachey Carnehan @ 10/3 BOG as was available from Bet365 & Unibet at 8.10am Tuesday with plenty of 3/1 elsewhere, but as always please check your BOG status. To see a small sample of odds offered on this race...

...click here for the betting on the 6.40 Chepstow

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P.S. all P/L returns quoted in the stats above are to Betfair SP, as I NEVER bet to ISP and neither should you. I always use BOG bookies for SotD, wherever possible, but I use BFSP for the stats as it is the nearest approximation I can give, so I actually expect to beat the returns I use to support my picks. If that's unclear, please ask!