Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
(sponsored by QIPCO)
|Group 1, Ascot 15:15
1m, Class 1
|Saturday 19th October 2019
1 King Of Change 12/1
2 The Revenant 4/1
3 Safe Voyage 40/1
4 Veracious 20/1
16 ran Distances: 1¼l, 1½l, 1½l
Time: 1m 44.88s (slow by 6.28s)
There is a new star miler on the scene after King Of Change took the G1 £1,100,000 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes for trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Sean Levey.
A 12/1 chance, the three-year-old Farhh colt was impressive to beat 4/1 shot The Revenant (Francis-Henri Graffard/Pierre-Charles Boudot) by a length and a quarter.
Hannon said: "People thought I was a little bit petulant after the 2,000 Guineas for not celebrating being second, but we've always thought the world of this horse, and to be second in the Guineas is a great run, but you don't remember those. Now he'll be remembered, and it was all about next year anyway.
"We gave him the summer off because he had a hard race and we thought the ground would be firm at Royal Ascot. It was the first Ascot in about 10 years where it rained for three days, so that wasn't great. But we decided to stick to our plan, did the Listed race [at Sandown on September 18] - because he had only won his novice - and then he comes here and runs like that.
"I'm not going to lie, I thought he'd win or go very close. I nearly backed him, but I decided not to because that stops trains! It even stopped Threat in the Coventry.
"I'm very impressed with this horse. I took myself off to watch because when they don't win, you have that 30 seconds where just - it's awful - and I know it's only a horse race, but you live it at the end of the day, and I was ready for that disappointment. The odd day it doesn't come!
"I think it will be a shorter winter on the back of something like that. We'd be thinking Queen Anne Stakes [at Royal Ascot], something like that."
Levey, who won the 2018 QIPCO 1000 Guineas
for Richard Hannon on Billesdon Brook
, said: "We were worried about whether he would handle the ground, but he was ticking enough boxes to suggest he would. His half-brother (Century Dream) ran third in this race last year and handled the ground, and he's by Farhh, who handled the ground.
"The way he's been working I thought all he had to do was to handle it, and the other day I said to Richard that although I'd ridden Toronado
, Sky Lantern
and the rest of them at home, none of them gave me a feel like him.
"I haven't ridden at this level that much yet so I was cautious about saying too much and sounding too confident, but I was confident behind it all e's obliged. We are at the end of the year next year and the plan was always to keep him in training next year, so we are looking forward to that and coming back to Ascot next year."
He added: "That was a massive performance, and he's gone through the race like a different class of animal. When he ran in the Guineas people thought it was a bit of a fluke, but when he came back in the autumn he was a massive stamp of a horse and he's gone the right way.
"It's huge for me, as this is the highest grade I've got to, so my thanks go to Richard and everyone back at the yard. Hopefully it's a stepping stone to even bigger things."
Frankie Dettori was out of luck on King Of Comedy, who finished down the field, but on returning he was able to reflect on his 250th Group 1 win earlier in the afternoon.
He said: "Someone told me after I won the Royallieu (on Anapurna) at Longchamp that I was on 249, and it would have been great to have done it on Enable, but what a number - it must be a European record."
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
POS (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (12) King Of Change 3 9-1 Richard Hannon Sean Levey 12/1
Sponsored By Qipco (British Champions Mile) (Group 1) (Str)
£1,100,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 1
2 (10) 1¼ The Revenant 4 9-4 F-H Graffard Pierre-Charles Boudot 4/1
3 (8) 1½ Safe Voyage 6 9-4 John Quinn Jason Hart 40/1
4 (6) 1½ Veracious 4 9-1 Sir Michael Stoute Jason Watson 20/1
5 (2) ¾ Mohaather 3 9-1 Marcus Tregoning Jim Crowley 16/1
6 (5) 1½ Happy Power 3 9-1 Andrew Balding Silvestre De Sousa 25/1
7 (11) nk Century Dream 5 9-4 Simon Crisford William Buick 22/1
8 (15) 2 Lord Glitters 6 9-4 David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope 11/2
9 (3) 2¼ Raising Sand 7 9-4 Jamie Osborne Nicola Currie 80/1
10 (7) ¾ Phoenix Of Spain 3 9-1 Charles Hills James Doyle 20/1
11 (9) ¾ Accidental Agent 5 9-4 Eve Johnson Houghton Charles Bishop 50/1
12 (4) 5 Move Swiftly 4 9-1 William Haggas Tom Marquand 33/1
13 (14) 1½ King Of Comedy 3 9-1 John Gosden Frankie Dettori 9/1
14 (1) 12 Magna Grecia 3 9-1 A P O'Brien Donnacha O'Brien 13/2
15 (16) 1½ Imaging 4 9-4 D K Weld Chris Hayes 28/1
16 (13) 11 Benbatl 5 9-4 Saeed bin Suroor Oisin Murphy 7/2F