King's Stand Stakes
Group 1, Ascot 15:40
£400,000 added,
3yo plus,
5f, Class 1  
Tuesday 14th June 2016


1 Profitable 4/1
2 Cotai Glory 33/1
3 Goken 50/1
NR: Acapulco (USA), Goldream, Muthmir (IRE), Sole Power
17 ran Distances: nk, 1l, nk
TIME 1m 2.69s (slow by 3.69s)

Profitable keeps Cotai Glory at bay to win the King's Stand

© Racehorse Photos

Profitable confirmed he was the most improved sprinter in training when landing the G1 King's Stand Stakes over five furlongs.

Sent off a 4/1 shot, four-year-old Profitable beat Cotai Glory by a neck with Goken a length further back in third. The winner was given a 3/1 quote for York's Nunthorpe Stakes by Boylesports.

Winning trainer Clive Cox said: "First time out I thought he might need the run because he's so laid back at home. He won the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket and I was concerned about soft ground for the Temple Stakes and he won that. That gave me confidence coming here today, and he travelled so strongly. Watching everything else fall away while he dug in has made me feel really pleased.

"I bought him as a yearling and he's been progressive all the way. He was so quick to start with that he was hitting the front too soon in races as a youngster and he didn't know what life was all about. He was a victim of his own ability, but when he got the hang of it and we got the hang of him it's been an upward curve.

"We gave him some fancy entries last year because we believed in him, but it didn't quite work out, but physically he's a man now.

"He's very special and I'm delighted for [owner] Alan Spence, for [jockey] Adam Kirby and for the horse's new connections [breeding rights to Profitable were last week sold to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud]. Adam had a late night last night as his wife was expecting a baby [now born] and to win a Group One so soon after makes it a great day.

"Any horse that wins a Group One is special and I hope we can enjoy a little more success before he goes off to stud. We didn't enter him for the July Cup because I felt he was best over five furlongs, but the way he has toughed it out today on easy ground, we may need a rethink. We'll talk with Alan and see what's what."


King's Stand Stakes (Group 1)
£400,000 added, 3yo plus, 5f, Class 1
17 ran
Going: Soft

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (8) Profitable (IRE) 4/1 A Kirby
C G Cox 4
2nd (18) nk Cotai Glory 33/1 G Baker
C Hills 4
3rd (9) 1 Goken (FR) 50/1 J P Spencer
K A Ryan 4
4th (14) nk Jungle Cat (IRE) 14/1 W Buick
C Appleby 4
5th (20) nk Waady (IRE) 8/1 P Hanagan
J H M Gosden 4
6th (17) hd Medicean Man 50/1 R Kingscote
J Gask 10
7th (2) 2 Out Do 50/1 P Makin
D O'Meara 7
8th (15) ¾ Move In Time 33/1 D Nolan
D O'Meara 8
9th (19) nk Mongolian Saturday (USA) 16/1 Florent Geroux
Enebish Ganbat 6
10th (7) ¾ Aeolus 25/1 L Morris
Ed Walker 5
11th (1) ½ Take Cover 20/1 D Allan
D C Griffiths 9
12th (4) Double Up 25/1 Andrea Atzeni
R Varian 5
13th (6) Sir Maximilian (IRE) 33/1 James Doyle
Ian Williams 7
14th (13) 1 Pearl Secret 9/1 Oisin Murphy
T D Barron 7
15th (10) 1 Lancelot Du Lac (ITY) 33/1 R Winston
D K Ivory 6
16th (5) nk Mecca's Angel (IRE) 6/4f P Mulrennan
M Dods 5
17th (12) 9 Hay Chewed (IRE) 100/1 M Dwyer
C Allen 5
NR (3) Goldream 12/1 M Harley
R M H Cowell 7
NR (11) Muthmir (IRE) 10/1 P Hanagan
W J Haggas 6
NR (21) Sole Power 16/1 Non Runner E Lynam 9
NR (16) Acapulco (USA) 5/1 Non Runner Wesley Ward 3


Charlie Hills was almost speechless after Cotai Glory put in his best performance of the season to finish second, a neck behind the winner at odds of 33/1.

The delighted trainer said: "When the rain came I thought we had no chance. But soft ground at Ascot is a little bit different to anywhere else and they seem to be getting through it today.

"I was pleased with the way he was before the race. He looked well up for it. He's had a couple of runs now, which have helped."

Speaking about future plans the Lambourn trainer added: "I wouldn't mind trying him over six furlongs. I'm looking forward to running him on fast ground because he is very fast. We'll have York as the firm plan, whether we take another race in between I don't know."

Kevin Ryan, trainer of Goken, who finished third at odds of 50/1, said: "I'm delighted with him. He's had a bit of a blip and we've tweaked a few things at home. Tracy who led him up today rides him every day and she said: 'Why don't we ride him like we do at work - out the back door?' She was spot on, she knows him better than I do. So he sat out the back, let him get on with it and let him pick up the pieces in the last two.

"Taking nothing away from the winner and the second, he got a little bit unlucky, he got stopped and after that it's hard to get rolling again. But I'm delighted with him."


Michael Dodds, trainer of the 6/4 favourite, Mecca's Angel, who finished 16th of 17, said: "Paul (Mulrennan, jockey) just said she was paddling on the ground. I don't think she wants it as soft as this. We will check her out when we get home."

Mulrennan added: "She just didn't feel herself today - she never travelled but she will come again."


Jockey Florent Geroux, who rode Mongolian Saturday to finish ninth after running prominently, said after the race: "He broke sharp enough from the gate and was travelling well. I don't know really what happened then, whether it was the ground or going straight (rather than round a bend) for the first time he felt comfortable until we came to two hundred mark, after that he was rather flat."

Mongolian Saturday holds an entry in Saturday's Diamond Jubilee Stakes as well as the July Cup at Newmarket in July.


Past Results

2015-WINNER-GOLDREAM 6-9-04 Owner-J Sargeant & Mrs J Morley; Trainer-Robert Cowell; Jockey-Martin Harley; SP-20/1
2ND-Medicean Man 9-9-04 Owner-Stuart & Kate Dobb; Trainer-Jeremy Gask; Jockey-Joao Moreira; SP-50/1
3RD-Muthmir 5-9-04 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-William Haggas; Jockey-Paul Hanagan; SP-3/1
18 ran; Time-59.11s; Dist-sh, nk 5/2 Fav Sole Power (5th)

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;
SP 22/1
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