Wokingham Stakes
Heritage Handicap, Ascot 17:00
£175,000 added,
3yo plus,
6f, Class 2  
Saturday 20th June 2015

1 Interception 10/1
2 Robert Le Diable 12/1
3 Lancelot Du Lac 25/1
4 Related 50/1
5 Watchable 7/1F
NR: Dutch Masterpiece, Huntsmans Close, Zarwaan
25 ran Distances: 1¼l, 1l, ¾l
TIME 1m 13.20s (slow by 0.60s)

George Baker brings Interception from a long way back to win

© Racehorse Photos


Well backed close to the off, the five-year-old went off a 10-1 chance and benefited from a hugely confident ride from George Baker to give trainer David Lanigan a first Royal Ascot win.

The French raider Robert Le Diable, ridden by Australian Damian Oliver, came with a strong run but just as he joined Lancelot Du Lac, Interception came sweeping by and she went on to win impressively by a length and a quarter.

Robert Le Diable was second with Lancelot Du Lac third and bottom weight Related fourth.

Baker said: "It's a great training performance. I was a long way back but she really motored home and loves that fast ground. It's great to do it for David.

"A furlong and a half out I was slightly concerned as I was out of my ground and the other side seemed a few lengths ahead.

"I was really pleased when the rain didn't come."

Lanigan said: "It's great for Mr Nielsen (owner) - he's been a big support to me so I'm very happy.

"He deserves lots of credit, he bought her as a two-year-old prospect and she's now five.

"He's put an awful lot of money into the game and deserves this.

"I must be a half-decent trainer as I got her to win off 70! She was literally in the December Sales.

"I asked if we could keep her in training as she looked better than ever.

"Last year we thought this was the plan. She needed her run at Haydock but she's strengthened since and I'm delighted.

"It's my first winner here so it means a lot, it's the biggest meeting in the world."

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

  Dr Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (21) Interception (IRE) 10/1 G Baker
D R Lanigan 5
2nd (20) Robert Le Diable (FR) 12/1 D M Oliver
D Prod'homme 6
3rd (3) 1 Lancelot Du Lac (ITY) 25/1 R Winston
D K Ivory 5
4th (10) ¾ Related 50/1 D Sweeney
D M Simcock 5
5th (1) Watchable 7/1f J P Spencer
D O'Meara 5
6th (5) 1 Gamesome (FR) 8/1 Andrea Atzeni
O Stevens 4
7th (8) nk Basil Berry 28/1 J F Egan
C A Dwyer 4
8th (24) nk Polybius 25/1 T E Durcan
D R Lanigan 4
9th (25) ¾ Ruwaiyan (USA) 25/1 L Morris
J Tate 6
10th (27) 1 Rivellino 25/1 M Harley
K R Burke 5
11th (23) nk Algar Lad 16/1 Sam James
D O'Meara 5
12th (4) hd Suzi's Connoisseur 20/1 Oisin Murphy
S C Williams 4
13th (9) ¾ Divine (IRE) 16/1 S De Sousa
M R Channon 4
14th (15) nk Ninjago 14/1 P J Dobbs
R Hannon 5
15th (28) s.h Highland Acclaim (IRE) 33/1 David Probert
D O'Meara 4
16th (18) Intransigent 25/1 Rob Hornby (5)
A M Balding 6
17th (2) Dinkum Diamond (IRE) 20/1 Edward Greatrex (7)
H Candy 7
18th (19) Kickboxer (IRE) 12/1 James Doyle
S bin Suroor 4
19th (22) Barracuda Boy (IRE) 33/1 R Kingscote
Tom Dascombe 5
20th (13) 1 Louis The Pious 16/1 A Kirby
D O'Meara 7
21st (12) Rene Mathis (GER) 25/1 P Mulrennan
R A Fahey 5
22nd (31) nk Blaine 33/1 Amy Ryan
K A Ryan 5
23rd (7) 8 Green Door (IRE) 50/1 Jim Crowley
O Stevens 4
24th (26) 24 Tatlisu (IRE) 8/1 R L Moore
R A Fahey 5
25th (29) 61 Intrinsic 10/1 R Hughes
R M H Cowell 5
WN (17) Huntsmans Close 8/1 W Buick
R Charlton 5
NR (6) Zarwaan 16/1 P Hanagan
E A L Dunlop 4
NR (14) Dutch Masterpiece 33/1 J Fanning
G L Moore 5