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Prince Of Johanne Reigns Supreme in Royal Hunt Cup
20/06/12

1 Prince Of Johanne 16/1
2 Excellent Guest 33/1
3 Don't Call Me 50/1
4 Field Of Dream 66/1
30 ran Distances: ½l, ¾l, nk
TIME 1m 38.24s (fast by 0.76s)

Prince Of Johanne gave trainer Tom Tate his first victory of the season and first Royal Ascot success when he landed the Royal Hunt Cup by a decisive half length under John Fahy.

Prince Of Johanne
© Racehorse Photos

Prince Of Johanne

The six-year-old has been a model of consistency throughout his career and finished last season with a thrilling success in the Cambridgeshire Handicap, before returning this year with a second to Fury at York in May.

Tate said: “He is a grand horse and he is a bit better over a mile. He showed a lot of speed to win over a mile and a furlong in the Cambridgeshire and his form is there. One of the pundits in the paper said that this double was last done in 1949, so that put a bit of a dampener on our hopes.

“He is a tough little horse and we are still finding out about him. He loves a strongly-run mile and he loves the fast ground. The horse loves doing his own thing and his rider John Fahy is very intuitive and goes with him - he is a very good rider.”

Fahy added: “I remembered last season I was enjoying watching these races at home. It means an awful lot for someone young like myself to get a winner here.

“The horse is very close to my heart. He has given me a Cambridgeshire winner and he has also given me a winner at Royal Ascot - I couldn’t tell you which one was better.

“A lot of the pace was on the far side and my lad likes to have a bit of space. When I won the Cambridgeshire on him, I kicked him in the belly very soon and I did the same today.

“I have to a big thanks to give to John Reid and Richard Quinn, who have helped me out so much. They have given me some of their secrets to riding here.

“This is a very important year for me because I lost my claim last season. Clive Cox has been very good to me along with my agent. Hopefully, it’s onwards and upwards.”

 

Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap)
£125,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 2
30 runners
(3 reserves)
Going: Good

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Prince Of Johanne
T P Tate
J P Fahy
9st 3lbs
16 - 1
Winner
2
Excellent Guest
G G Margarson
T P Queally
8st 11lbs
33 - 1
1/2 length
3
Don't Call Me
D Nicholls
S Hitchcott
8st 8lbs
50 - 1
3/4 length
4
Field Of Dream
J A Osborne
J P Spencer
9st 0lbs
66 - 1
Neck
5
Invisible Man
S bin Suroor
L Dettori
9st 10lbs
20 - 1
1/2 length
6
Cai Shen
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 8lbs
12 - 1
Neck
7
Stevie Thunder
Ian Williams
R Clark
8st 10lbs
50 - 1
1/2 length
8
Dimension
J R Fanshawe
J P Murtagh
9st 1lbs
9 - 2
1/2 length
9
Capaill Liath
K A Ryan
Amy Ryan
8st 9lbs
33 - 1
Neck
10
Man Of Action
S bin Suroor
S De Sousa
9st 2lbs
25 - 1
1 1/4 length
11
Captain Bertie
C Hills
W A Carson
8st 10lbs
12 - 1
1 1/4 length
12
Belgian Bill
George Baker
K Fallon
9st 2lbs
10 - 1
Neck
13
Albaqaa
P J O'Gorman
Harry Bentley
8st 12lbs
66 - 1
Nose
14
Mabait
D M Simcock
Martin Lane
8st 13lbs
16 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
15
Brae Hill
R A Fahey
T Hamilton
9st 2lbs
33 - 1
Head
16
Boom And Bust
M P Tregoning
Hayley Turner
9st 2lbs
16 - 1
Neck
17
Edinburgh Knight
P W D'Arcy
Jim Crowley
9st 8lbs
12 - 1
Neck
18
Rock Critic
D K Weld
P J Smullen
9st 6lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
19
King Torus
R Hannon
Martin Dwyer
9st 10lbs
50 - 1
1/2 length
20
Bonnie Brae
D R C Elsworth
R L Moore
9st 3lbs
20 - 1
1/2 length
21
Mull Of Killough
Jane Chapple-Hyam
S W Kelly
9st 2lbs
20 - 1
1/2 length
22
Justonefortheroad
R A Fahey
Shane B Kelly
9st 2lbs
40 - 1
1 3/4 length
23
Fair Trade
H Morrison
D Holland
9st 9lbs
33 - 1
3 lengths
24
Boogie Shoes
R Varian
N Callan
8st 13lbs
25 - 1
4 1/2 lengths
25
Common Touch
R A Fahey
P Hanagan
8st 12lbs
33 - 1
3/4 length
26
Arabian Star
A M Balding
David Probert
8st 9lbs
16 - 1
9 lengths
27
Trade Storm
D M Simcock
William Buick
8st 13lbs
16 - 1
6 lengths
28
Golden Desert
S Dow
L Morris
8st 9lbs
100 - 1
10 lengths
29
King's Trail
T Kodama
S Foley
8st 10lbs
100 - 1
37 lengths
30
Bridgefield
M Al Zarooni
M Barzalona
9st 2lbs
16 - 1
71 lengths
       

 

Field Of Dream
© Racehorse Photos

Field Of Dream

FIELD PLANTS HIMSELF IN FOURTH

Having come with a late rattle to gain fourth in the Royal Hunt Cup Field Of Dream’s trainer, Jamie Osbourne, reflected on what might have been:

“He’s run very well but if he had jumped with them I think he would have been close, we were beaten by about two lengths but he gave them five or six at the start. He just planted himself.

“This race was all ways the plan and despite his price of 66/1 we thought he would go well but his race was really over at the gate.

“He’s done that off a mark of 97 and he is a decent horse but we have just got to find the key to getting him to get his head in front. I think off this mark these are his sort of races - fast- run miles. I think we will probably leave him until Goodwood now and hope for a good draw there.”


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