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ascot racecourseMr Aviator Flies Home in Royal Hunt Cup
18/06/08

1st (8) Mr Aviator 25-1
2nd (7) Docofthebay 10-1
3rd (15) Royal Power 25-1
4th (29) Kavachi 33-1
29 ran
Also: 13-8 Fav Bankable
NR: 12

Mr Aviator, a 25/1 chance, landed the big handicap of the day, the Royal Hunt Cup, by a neck from Docofthebay under Richard Hughes for trainer Richard Hannon.

Drawn in stall four, the winner was always in a prominent position close to the stands’ side rail in the mile contest up the straight course.

Richard Hannon said: “He is a good horse, although we always thought he was more of a mile and a quarter horse and had originally planned to run him over that trip tomorrow.

“However after he ran at Epsom last time, Richard (Hughes) suggested that we go for this race as he didn’t handle the bends and undulations very well there and he thought that the horse would be better up a straight course.

“With the weight he has won with today, he is probably up to winning at Listed level.

“The favourite (Bankable) beat a good horse of ours, Ordnance Row, very easily at Goodwood but when you looked at his form, he definitely does seem to prefer softer ground.

“Something always comes along to save those bookmakers!”

Richard Hughes added: “He is a good all-weather horse, as there are no lumps and bumps on that surface and the level surface helped him again today.

“I was drawn in stall four, so could either go up the middle or go to the rail. I decided to go to the rail and sit and suffer. Going up the middle would have helped the favourite. Favourites are there to be beaten and the favourite today was drawn high.

“I don’t think I have been as fast in my life with the speed they went in the early stages, and they were virtually walking in the final furlong.

“My horse is very genuine. When he went a neck up, I thought the line was never going to come.

“This was a great training performance from Richard. The horse came back very sore after Epsom and needed a lot of attention.

“I have always thought that he could be the sort of horse that could win a Winter Derby.”

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Mr Aviator
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 5lbs
25 - 1
Winner
2
Docofthebay
J A Osborne
S W Kelly
9st 6lbs
10 - 1
Neck
3
Royal Power
D Nicholls
A Nicholls
8st 12lbs
25 - 1
Neck
4
Kavachi
G L Moore
F Norton
8st 4lbs
33 - 1
3/4 length
5
Bankable
L M Cumani
L Dettori
9st 2lbs
13 - 8
3 1/4 lengths
6
Ballinteni
Miss Gay Kelleway
C P Lemaire
8st 10lbs
100 - 1
3/4 length
7
Diamond Tycoon
B J Meehan
N Callan
9st 8lbs
33 - 1
1 1/4 length
8
Humungous
C R Egerton
S Drowne
9st 2lbs
50 - 1
1 length
9
Orchard Supreme
R Hannon
Martin Dwyer
8st 5lbs
50 - 1
1/2 length
10
Extraterrestrial
R A Fahey
P Hanagan
8st 11lbs
16 - 1
2 lengths
11
Dream Lodge
J G Given
T P Queally
8st 10lbs
100 - 1
Neck
12
Overturn
W R Swinburn
Saleem Golam
8st 4lbs
25 - 1
3 lengths
13
Yarqus
C E Brittain
Hayley Turner
8st 7lbs
50 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
14
We'll Come
M A Jarvis
P Robinson
8st 10lbs
8 - 1
Neck
15
Ansells Pride
B Smart
W M Lordan
8st 3lbs
66 - 1
1 1/4 length
16
Flipando
T D Barron
J P Spencer
8st 11lbs
16 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
17
Dubai's Touch
M Johnston
J Fanning
9st 7lbs
40 - 1
Neck
18
Crocodile Bay
D W Barker
David Probert
8st 4lbs
100 - 1
1 1/4 length
19
Final Verse
Jane Chapple-Hyam
J F Egan
9st 3lbs
100 - 1
1 1/4 length
20
Oceana Gold
A M Balding
William Buick
8st 5lbs
16 - 1
1 length
21
Lang Shining
Sir Michael Stoute
R L Moore
9st 4lbs
7 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
22
Emerald Wilderness
A King
T E Durcan
8st 12lbs
40 - 1
3/4 length
23
Mujood
Eve Johnson Houghton
S Carson
8st 8lbs
100 - 1
2 lengths
24
Pride of Nation
J W Hills
E Ahern
9st 9lbs
100 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
25
Samarinda
Mrs P Sly
P Doe
8st 5lbs
100 - 1
3 lengths
26
Sir Xaar
B Smart
T Eaves
8st 7lbs
100 - 1
7 lengths
27
Secret World
J Noseda
A Munro
9st 10lbs
66 - 1
9 lengths
28
Fajr
Miss Gay Kelleway
J Murtagh
9st 8lbs
66 - 1
distance
29
Fight Club
R Brotherton
S Sanders
9st 8lbs
40 - 1
15 lengths
NonRunner
Little White Lie
J R Jenkins
D Holland
9st 2lbs

       

SECOND FOR DOCOFTHEBAY

Royal Hunt Cup runner-up Docothebay could make a quick reappearance at Royal Ascot in the Buckingham Palace Stakes after losing out by a neck to Mr Aviator in today’s race.

“That was annoying,” said the second’s trainer Jamie Osborne. “He has run a solid race and if he’s OK he’ll take his chance on Friday - if he’s OK then why not. Like his owner (Paul Dixon) it is hard to get to the bottom of him.

“He has been ultra-consistent all the way through, he’s been second and third in some valuable races and his day will come - hopefully on Friday.”

Dandy Nicholls, trainer of third-placed Royal Power, added: “I thought when he went for home that he would have won but he’s run a blinder. The second and winner are good horses. I was going to run him in a claimer next week but I think we’ll swerve that now!”

Kavachi surprised Gary Moore by finishing fourth. “He’s an improving horse and ran the biggest race of his life and surprised me a bit. He likes to sit at the back and pick them off and will go for the big mile and mile and a quarter handicaps. He’s in the John Smith’s Cup at York although I am not sure whether he’d get in.”

The red-hot 13/8 favourite Bankable finished fifth and his rider Frankie Dettori blamed the draw. “We had a bad draw and it couldn’t be helped. Look at the first three - they were drawn one, four and five - and we were in 25. I was drawn badly, it was as simple as that,” said Dettori.

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