King's Stand Stakes
|Group 1, Ascot 15:40
5f, Class 1
|Tuesday 16th June 2015|
1 Goldream 20/1
2 Medicean Man 50/1
3 Muthmir 3/1
4 Pearl Secret 14/1
NR: Mecca's Angel (IRE)
18 ran Distances: shd, nk, ½l
TIME 59.11s (fast by 0.19s)
Goldream wins the King's Stand Stakes - second son of Oasis Dream trained by Robert Cowell to win the race after Prohibit in 2011
The Oasis Dream six-year-old won the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket on his seasonal debut, but was well-beaten in Haydock's Temple Stakes last time out.
Cowell said: "He's a fast ground horse. He's been training beautifully, but he'd been training beautifully going into the Temple Stakes. He's not a soft ground horse - he loves to hear his feet rattle, and he got that today.
"He's genuine and wants to win the race and I think that's such an important asset in a sprinter.
"The last furlong felt like four or five minutes, although I know it was only about 12 seconds. It was a fantastic ride by Martin [Harley]."
When asked about his reputation as "the sprint king", Cowell said: "I've been lucky enough to get some good horses like this and if we can deliver them on the day that's fantastic, but the hard part is getting them into the yard. A lot of trainers can do what I do, but it's getting them into the yard. When we have them, we do alright with them.
"We don't do a huge amount with them once they're fit, we just keep them ticking over and let them have their play time and work time - there's plenty of down time."
Asked about plans for Goldream, he replied: "Obviously the Nunthorpe, maybe the Abbaye. But it's got to be fast ground."
Goldream is owned by Mr J Sergeant and Mrs J Morley. Cowell explained: "Mr Sargeant owns a butcher's shop near Downham Market and he has been a super supporter of ours - he has had some lovely horses over the years but this would be the pinnacle. Mrs Morley and her son Tom Morley have had horses with me since I started training and Tom was involved when we won this race with Prohibit three years ago. I am loving this race!"
Jockey Martin Harley, who was riding his second Royal Ascot winner - his first was Elidor, who took the King George V Handicap in 2013 - said: "He travelled real good. I crossed over a little bit from the stalls because I thought all of the fancied ones were high. Adam's horse hangs a bit right, so I wanted to be on his left when he went right.
"When I kicked and went between them just inside the furlong, he picked up well and, by God, he is game. I was lucky because I changed my hand with a furlong to go and nearly dropped my stick. He is very tough and fair play to Robert - he said that he had the horse in good form.
"The ground obviously has a big part to play. He travelled well at Haydock but went out very quick. He travelled good today and picked up real smart.
"When you win a Group One at Royal Ascot, it makes it a lot more special. It nice to have my first one for Mick [Channon, Elidor in 2013] because he supported me when I came over. I will take winners from anyone but Group Ones are hard to get."
Trainer Jeremy Gask was left wondering what could have been after 50/1 shot Medicean Man was headed close home. The Warminster trainer said: "I've never been happier to finish second but at the same time it is frustrating. It was a bob of the heads and his head was up right at the line. He would have fulfilled a life ambition to win this race but we have to be pleased with that.
"Not everything went to plan as he did get exposed early on and he would have liked more cover early on but it was still a great performance."
Gask paid credit to the courage of the horse: "He is nine years old and so to run like that is unbelievable. I really thought he had it. He is a wonderful horse - we have never really had a day's problem with him. He is a great horse to train."
The trainer also spoke highly of Joao Moreira who came in for the ride as a late replacement for Damien Oliver: "Joao wasn't going to ride him initially as we wanted Damien Oliver but he got injured. However, Joao was a magnificent replacement and he has given the horse a great ride. So much credit has to go to the horse and jockey who were so brave.
As to the future, Gask is keen in the long run to take the horse back to Meydan next year. He added: "He didn't run in the Al Quoz Sprint this year which I thought would have favoured him as he likes Dubai and it is a good place to start the season off for him. He never really has many early season targets so we will look to go back there next year and hopefully he can come back for this race again in 12 months time. Most of his targets are always in the second half of the season so we can now decide where we want to go next."
Angus Gold, racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, was pleased with the performance of third-placed Muthmir. He remarked: "The horse has ran a fabulous race. I thought the horses were coming across so Paul Hanagan had to go through a gap, so he had to go 100 yards earlier than he would have liked. Paul felt if he had been able to sit for another 100 yards that would have really helped the horse - he may have been able to use his turn of speed. No-one is complaining; he has run brilliantly and we can have no real excuses. He settled pretty well and he is right up there with the best of them in the sprinting ranks. I hope he can have his day in one of these big races soon and he keeps on improving.
"He is a horse who can just switch off and then can go flat out when asked to. He is going the right way and we have to be happy with that. We have no real plans at the moment but we felt he is better at five furlongs. He doesn't want two races quite quickly after one another so we will space out his races and have a look."
Sole Power produced another very sound performance, but could not quite land the race for a record third time.
The eight-year-old gelding finished fifth, beaten one and a quarter lengths by winner Goldream, and trainer Eddie Lynam said: "He ran fine, but was not good enough on the day.
"These are hard races to win, but he's not been beaten far. We have no excuses. His next race will be the Nunthorpe Stakes [at York in August]."
King's Stand Stakes (Group 1)
£375,000 added, 3yo plus, 5f, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm
|Pos||Draw||Dist||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||(3)||Goldream 20/1||M Harley
|R M H Cowell||6|
|2nd||(1)||s.h||Medicean Man 50/1||J Moreira
|3rd||(9)||nk||Muthmir (IRE) 3/1||P Hanagan
|W J Haggas||5|
|4th||(17)||½||Pearl Secret 14/1||Andrea Atzeni
|T D Barron||6|
|5th||(6)||½||Sole Power 5/2f||R Hughes
|6th||(8)||2||Take Cover 33/1||A Kirby
|D C Griffiths||8|
|7th||(12)||s.h||Jack Dexter 16/1||F Lynch
|J S Goldie||6|
|8th||(2)||s.h||Robot Boy (IRE) 50/1||Graham Gibbons
|T D Barron||5|
|9th||(19)||nk||Steps (IRE) 33/1||Jim Crowley
|10th||(16)||nk||Lancelot Du Lac (ITY) 66/1||R Winston
|D K Ivory||5|
|11th||(18)||1¼||Rangali 25/1||F Veron
|H A Pantall||4|
|12th||(14)||nk||Spirit Quartz (IRE) 33/1||G Benoist
|13th||(4)||hd||Shamal Wind (AUS) 15/2||R L Moore
|14th||(5)||½||Justice Day (IRE) 50/1||J F Egan
|D R C Elsworth||4|
|15th||(15)||1||Wind Fire (USA) 20/1||Oisin Murphy
|D H Brown||4|
|16th||(11)||nk||Stepper Point 20/1||M Dwyer
|W R Muir||6|
|17th||(10)||3¾||Hot Streak (IRE) 18/1||J P Spencer
|K A Ryan||4|
|18th||(7)||1¾||G Force (IRE) 8/1||P J Smullen
|NR||(13)||Mecca's Angel (IRE) 6/1||P Mulrennan
THE KING'S STAND STAKES
2014-WINNER- SOLE POWER 7-9-04 Owner-Sabena Power; Trainer-Edward Lynam IRE; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-5/1
2ND-Stepper Point 5-9-04 Owner-Clive Edginton; Trainer-William Muir; Jockey-Martin Dwyer; SP-50/1
3RD-Hot Streak 3-8-12 Owner-Qatar Racing Limited; Trainer-Kevin Ryan; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-3/1 Fav
16 ran; Time-58.85s; Dist-11⁄4, nk
2013-WINNER- SOLE POWER 6-9-04 Owner-Sabena Power; Trainer-Edward Lynam IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh: SP-8/1
2ND-Shea Shea 6-9-04 Owner-Bryan Joffe & Myron Berzack; Trainer-Mike De Kock SAF; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-11/4 Fav
3RD-Pearl Secret 4-9-04 Owner-Qatar Racing Limited; Trainer-David Barron; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-10/1
19 ran; Time-58.88s; Dist-nk, 1¼
2012-WINNER- LITTLE BRIDGE 6-9-04 Owner-Ko Kam Piu; Trainer-Danny Shum HK; Jockey-Zac Purton; SP-12/1
2RD-Bated Breath 5-9-04 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-Roger Charlton; Jockey-James Doyle; SP-11/2
3RD-Sole Power 5-9-04 Owner-Sabena Power; Trainer-Eddie Lynam IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-8/1
22 ran; Time: 59.29s; Dist ¾, 1 9/2 Jt Favs Ortensia (9th), Wizz Kid (10th)
2011-WINNER- PROHIBIT 6-9-04 Owner-Dasmal, Rix, Barr, Morley, Mrs Penny; Trainer-Robert Cowell; Jockey-Jim Crowley;
2RD-Star Witness 4-9-04 Owner-Widden Stud; Trainer-Danny O’Brien AUS; Jockey-Steven Arnold; SP-6/1
3RD-Sweet Sanette 6-9-01 Owner-Chow Hong & Wu Po Kung; Trainer-Tony Millard HK; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-16/1
19 ran; Time: 59.50s; Dist ½, ½ 11/2 Fav Kingsgate Native (6th)
2010-WINNER-EQUIANO 5-9-04 Owner-James Acheson; Trainer-Barry Hills; Jockey-Michael Hills; SP-9/2
2ND-Markab 7-9-04 Owner-Tight Lines Partnership; Trainer-Henry Candy; Jockey-Pat Cosgrave; SP-14/1
3RD-Borderlescott 8-9-04 Owner-James Edgar & William Donaldson; Trainer-Robin Bastiman; Jockey-Neil Callan; SP-16/1
12 ran; Time: 59.00s; Dist: 1½, nk 5/2 Fav Kingsgate Native (6th)
2009-WINNER-SCENIC BLAST 5-9-04 Owner-Elio Anthony Galante & Partners; Trainer-Danny Morton AUS; Jockey-Steven
Arnold; SP 11/4 Fav
2ND-Fleeting Spirit 4-9-01 Owner-The Searchers; Trainer Jeremy Noseda; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-7/2
3RD-Anglezarke 3-8-09 Owner-David Armstrong; Trainer-David Easterby; Jockey-David Allen; SP-33/1
15 ran; Time: 59.54; Dist: ¾, 2¾
2008-WINNER-EQUIANO 3-8-12 Owner-James Acheson; Trainer-Mauricio Delcher Sanchez ESP; Jockey-Olivier Peslier;
2ND-Takeover Target 9-9-04 Owner-Joe & Ben Janiak; Trainer-Joe Janiak AUS; Jockey-Jay Ford; SP-6/1
3RD-Fleeting Spirit 3-8-09 Owner-The Searchers; Trainer-Jeremy Noseda; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-15/8 Fav
13 ran, Time-59.35s, Dist: ½, nk
2007-WINNER-MISS ANDRETTI 6-9-01 Owner-Sean Buckley, Dave Mueller, Gabriella Guenzi; Trainer-Lee Freedman AUS;
Jockey-Craig Newitt; SP-3/1 Fav
2ND-Dandy Man 4-9-04 Owner-H R H Princess Haya Of Jordan; Trainer-Tracey Collins IRE; Jockey-Pat Shanahan; SP-15/2
3RD-Magnus 5-9-04 Owner-Robert Crabtree; Trainer-Peter Moody AUS; Jockey-Damien Oliver; SP-14/1
20 ran, Time-57.44s, Dist: 1¾, nk
2006-WINNER-TAKEOVER TARGET 7-9-07 Owner-Joe & Ben Janiak; Trainer-Joe Janiak AUS; Jockey-Jay Ford; SP-7/1
2ND-Benbaun 5-9-02 Owner-Ransley, Birks, Hillen; Trainer-Mark Wallace; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-16/1
3RD-Pivotal Point 6-9-02 Owner-R A Bernard; Trainer-Peter Makin; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-25/1
28 ran, Time-59.79s, Dist: sh, ½ 5/1 Fav Moss Vale (8th)
2005-WINNER-CHINEUR 4-9-02 Owner-Marquesa De Moratalla; Trainer-Mikel Delzangles FR; Jockey-Christophe Lemaire;
2ND-Boogie Street 4-9-02 Owner-Hippodrome Racing; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-16/1
3RD-Moss Vale 4-9-02 Owner-John C Grant & Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-Barry Hills; Jockey-Michael Hills; SP-14/1
16 ran, Time-57-55s, Dist: 1¾, nk 11/2 Jt-Favs Var (6th) and The Tatling (7th) (run at York)
2004-WINNER-THE TATLING 7-9-02 Owner-Dab Hand Racing; Trainer-Milton Bradley; Jockey-Darryll Holland; SP-8/1
2ND-Cape Of Good Hope 6-9-02 Owner-Exors of the late R Carstairs; Trainer-David Oughton HK; Jockey-Michael Kinane;
3RD-Frizzante 5-8-13 Owner-Jan Hopper & Elizabeth Grundy; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-9/2
19 ran, Time-1m 0.16s, Dist: 1½, nk
2003-WINNER-CHOISIR 4-9-07 Owner-Terry Wallace & Partners; Trainer-Paul Perry AUS; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh;
2ND-Acclamation 4-9-02 Owner-Dulford Cavaliers; Trainer-Gerald Cottrell; Jockey-Pat Eddery; SP-16/1
3RD-Oasis Dream 3-9-01 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-6/1 Fav
20 ran, Time-59.68s, Dist: 1, 1½