Wokingham Stakes
Heritage Handicap, Ascot 17:00
£175,000 added,
3yo plus,
6f, Class 2
Saturday 21st June 2014

1 Baccarat 9/1
2 Professor 10/1
3 Rivellino 25/1
4 Alben Star 16/1
5 Boomerang Bob 33/1
NR: Saayerr
28 ran Distances: 1½l, ¾l, nk
TIME 1m 12.09s (fast by 0.31s)

Baccarat lands the Wokingham for Richard Fahey by a length and a half.

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Apprentice George Chaloner, the day after having his first Royal Ascot ride, enjoyed his first Royal Ascot winner on Baccarat in the £175,000 Wokingham Handicap over six furlongs on the final day of Royal Ascot.

9/1 chanced Baccarat, second in two runs this year, went clear in the final furlong, winning by a length and a half from Professor (10/1), Rivellino (25/1) and stable companion Alben Star (16/1).

Chaloner said: "The boss (Richard Fahey) said keep it simple and you'll have a chance. It feels amazing to have a first Royal Ascot winner. I am really grateful to the boss and (owner) Sir Robert Ogden for putting me on him - I really appreciate it.

"The boss said: "get plenty of cover and see how it goes - he's got the ability to win and I don't see why he wouldn't". Baccarat gave me a good ride the last day at York - he finished a nice second - and he's gone one better today. There might be more to come."

Richard Fahey commented: "It is always great after the race but he is a horse I felt would always win one of these races. I thought that he would win the Ayr Gold Cup last year but it just didn't happen. Today everything has gone right and it's fantastic for him.

"He is a decent horse and you get frustrated. I remember training a horse like him a few years ago, Superior Premium, and I tried to win a Wokingham with him. He kept finishing placed in the Ayr Gold Cup and, in the end I thought that we would let him take the deep end and he ended up winning the Jubilee here. This is a similar type of horse, he's a talented horse.

"It would have been better to get a winner earlier in the week because you go home, kick the yard cat and get a bit frustrated. Any winner here is fantastic.

"It's brilliant for George. He's a kid, he's probably only got five or six winners left in his belt (Chaloner claims 3lb currently) and he needs big winners like this to project him into the jockeyship and hopefully a few people will have looked at him and thought this kid can ride.

"I am delighted. I knew the winner would come up the stands' side and I just hoped it would be one of mine. If I had to pick one, it would have been Baccarat as he is probably the better horse and he showed that today. George did get there sooner than I would have liked but the horse has gone away and won it well.

"Baccarat is a horse probably capable of better but that is what you need to win these sort of races. He likes a flat-out pace. He won the St Wilfrid last year and was a bit unlucky last time at York. We will step him up in class now. Alben Star has run out of his skin to be fourth. Sir Robert was at Royal Ascot earlier in the week but not today."

Professor ran a big race under a welter weight to finish the length and a half second behind Baccarat.

The 10/1 shot couldn't quite match the finishing kick of the winner but stayed on well to fill the runner-up berth.

"He's run a super race," said Richard Hannon snr, father of trainer Richard Hannon.

"He's carried a big weight and that's not easy to do in these races. We're very happy with him."

Rivellino finished a further three quarters of a length back in third and trainer Karl Burke was also happy with the way his gelding ran.

"He's run a great race and we couldn't ask any more of him," said Burke.

"We'll keep going with him and there's a nice handicap at Newmarket's July meeting so we'll head there next."

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Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)
£175,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 2
28 ran
Going: Good to Firm, Firm in places


Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
SP
Distance
1
Baccarat
R A Fahey
George Chaloner
9st 5lbs
9 - 1
Winner
2
Professor
R Hannon
R L Moore
9st 8lbs
10 - 1
1 1/2 length
3
Rivellino
K R Burke
W Buick
9st 4lbs
25 - 1
3/4 length
4
Alben Star
R A Fahey
P Hanagan
9st 4lbs
16 - 1
Neck
5
Boomerang Bob
B W Hills
S Sanders
9st 0lbs
33 - 1
3/4 length
6
Rocky Ground
R Varian
L Dettori
9st 8lbs
6 - 1
Head
7
Dont Bother Me
M Botti
M Harley
8st 12lbs
14 - 1
Nose
8
Sirius Prospect
D K Ivory
R Winston
9st 5lbs
33 - 1
3/4 length
9
Glen Moss
D H Brown
S M Levey
9st 4lbs
16 - 1
3/4 length
10
Racy
B Ellison
J P O'Brien
9st 0lbs
33 - 1
Head
11
Seeking Magic
C G Cox
Ryan Tate
8st 13lbs
12 - 1
1/2 length
12
Lancelot Du Lac
D K Ivory
T P Queally
9st 2lbs
33 - 1
1/2 length
13
Ninjago
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 3lbs
8 - 1
1/2 length
14
Hamza
K A Ryan
James Doyle
9st 10lbs
25 - 1
3/4 length
15
Absolutely So
A M Balding
Oisin Murphy
9st 0lbs
4 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
16
Secret Asset
Jane Chapple-Hyam
R Havlin
8st 12lbs
66 - 1
Neck
17
Hoof It
M W Easterby
K Fallon
9st 5lbs
16 - 1
1 length
18
Fast Shot
T D Easterby
Rachel Richardson
8st 11lbs
50 - 1
Neck
19
Arnold Lane
M R Channon
S Hitchcott
9st 2lbs
50 - 1
Neck
20
Barracuda Boy
Tom Dascombe
R Kingscote
8st 12lbs
33 - 1
1 1/4 length
21
Dungannon
A M Balding
Thomas Brown
8st 13lbs
33 - 1
1 1/2 length
22
Dandy Boy
D Marnane
P J Dobbs
9st 1lbs
25 - 1
Nose
23
Annunciation
R Hannon
J Fortune
9st 5lbs
40 - 1
1 3/4 length
24
Trinityelitedotcom
Tom Dascombe
G Baker
9st 1lbs
25 - 1
2 lengths
25
Jimmy Styles
C G Cox
A Kirby
9st 3lbs
50 - 1
Neck
26
Zero Money
H Palmer
Noel Garbutt
8st 11lbs
66 - 1
1 1/4 length
27
Nocturnal Affair
D Marnane
W M Lordan
9st 3lbs
50 - 1
1 3/4 length
28
York Glory
K A Ryan
J P Spencer
9st 9lbs
14 - 1
10 lengths
NR
Saayerr
W J Haggas
Non Runner
9st 1lbs
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