Queen Anne Stakes
Group 1, Ascot 14:30
£600,000 added,
4yo plus,
1m, Class 1   
Tuesday 20th June 2017


1 Ribchester 11/10F
2 Mutakayyef 5/1
3 Deauville 12/1
6 ran Distances: 1¼l, nk, 1l
Time: 1m 36.60s (fast by 2.00s)

Ribchester lives up to the hype and wins under William Buick

© Racehorse Photos

Trainer Richard Fahey described Ribchester as the best horse he has ever trained after the Godolphin-owned colt landed the G1 Queen Anne Stakes, the first race of Royal Ascot 2017, in a track record time of 1m 36.60s
Settled in fifth in the early stages of the mile contest by William Buick under a stern gallop set by Ribchester's pacemaker Toscanini, the four-year-old son of Iffraaj ran on resolutely when hitting the front over a furlong out to fend off the challenge of William Haggas' Mutakayyef, who was a length and a quarter behind in second, with a neck back to Aidan O'Brien's Deauville in third.
Despite taking a slight drift in the market, the 11/10 favourite found plenty for pressure to register his third success at Group One level, whilst simultaneously providing Fahey with his sixth success at the Royal Meeting.
A delighted Fahey said: "I'm just delighted he has won. You can never be confident but everything dropped into place there. He has huge gears and he is never in trouble. He gets the trip and that makes him a good horse.
"It wasn't really the plan to go that quick with Toscanini [pacemaker] and I did tell Paul [Hanagan, jockey] to bounce out this time. He more or less took off and probably didn't lead Ribchester far enough.
"Look Ribchester is just an exceptional horse. He has to be the best horse I have ever trained. He broke the track record here today and that's not being disrespectful to the others, but he is just exceptional.
"It was a good pressure coming into the race as he was the right horse to have the pressure on. I was quietly confident that he would win as everything was good with him before the race - I'm in a happy place.
"He gets lonely out in front sometimes. I don't think it is pressure and he just went walkabouts.
"William doesn't feel that the tank is empty with him and that he is getting stronger the whole time. Mentally, he is also getting better which is a great attitude to have in a racehorse - he is starting to think he is good."
Fahey suggested a tilt at the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood is next on the agenda for the colt.
Fahey commented: "The Sussex Stakes is where he has to go really. The French race [Prix Jacques Le Marois] which he won last year is only 10 days after the Sussex so we can't go to both. I was always hoping that he would stay further but at the moment, I don't need to go further."


Queen Anne Stakes (British Champions Series)
£600,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m, Class 1
16 ran
Going: Good to Firm (Good in places (Watered))

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (1) Ribchester (IRE) 11/10f W Buick
R A Fahey 4
2nd (9) Mutakayyef 5/1 Jim Crowley
W J Haggas 6
3rd (6) nk Deauville (IRE) 12/1 R L Moore
A P O'Brien 4
4th (13) 1 Spectre (FR) 50/1 S Pasquier
M Munch 4
5th (3) Kaspersky (IRE) 66/1 Michelle Payne
Jane Chapple-Hyam 6
6th (2) nk Dutch Connection 25/1 James Doyle
C Hills 5
7th (7) nk Cougar Mountain (IRE) 33/1 D O'Brien
A P O'Brien 6
8th (15) Oh This Is Us (IRE) 33/1 P J Dobbs
R Hannon 4
9th (14) hd Lightning Spear 11/2 J P Spencer
D M Simcock 6
10th (12) 5 Jallota 40/1 S De Sousa
C Hills 6
11th (16) 1 American Patriot (USA) 20/1 John Velazquez
Todd Pletcher 4
12th (8) s.h Kool Kompany (IRE) 50/1 P J Smullen
R Hannon 5
13th (4) ¾ Miss Temple City (USA) 20/1 Edgar Prado
H Motion 5
14th (10) 1 Toscanini (IRE) 150/1 P Hanagan
R A Fahey 5
15th (11) nk Ennaadd 16/1 Andrea Atzeni
R Varian 4
16th (5) 36 Dutch Uncle 200/1 M Harley
R M H Cowell 5

Mutakayyef finished second to 11/10 favourite Ribchester, while Deauville took third place.
The William Haggas-trained Mutakayyef, a 5/1 shot, was a length and quarter behind the Richard Fahey-trained winner, with Deauville, trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, a neck further back.
Jim Crowley, rider of Mutakayyef and the current champion jockey, said: "That was a good run - he just couldn't get to the winner."
Dr Jim Hay, part-owner of Deauville, said: "That was a fantastic run. He is a very flexible horse; probably nine furlongs is his perfect distance. But he needs it like today - he needs firm going, and he doesn't get it very often. No doubt Aidan [O'Brien] and the rest of the lads will have a chat and work out where to go next."
Deauville was dropping back in trip after finishing third in the 10-furlong Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last time out.
There was a stewards' enquiry into the placing of the second and third horses, but the result remained unaltered.


Past Results

2016-WINNER-TEPIN 5-8-11 Owner-Robert Masterson; Trainer-Mark Casse USA; Jockey-Julien Leparoux; SP-11/2
2ND-Belardo 4-9-00 Owner-Godolphin & Prince A A Faisal; Trainer-Roger Varian; Jockey-James Doyle; SP-9/2 Jt Fav
3RD-Lightning Spear 5-9-00 Owner-Qatar Racing Limited; Trainer-David Simcock; Jockey-Oisin Murphy; SP-20/1
13 ran; Time-1m 43.98s; Dist-1⁄2, 11⁄4 9/2 Jt Fav Ervedya (5th)

2015-WINNER-SOLOW -9-00 Owner-Wertheimer & Frere; Trainer-Freddy Head FR; Jockey-Maxime Guyon; SP-11/8 Fav
2ND-Esoterique 5-8-11 Owner-Baron Edouard De Rothschild; Trainer-Andre Fabre FR; Jockey-Pierre Charles-Boudot; SP-16/1
3RD-Cougar Mountain 4-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Ryan Moore: SP-16/1
8 ran; Time-1m 37.97s; Dist-1, nk

2014-WINNER-TORONADO 4-9-00 Owner-Al Shaqab Racing; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey- Richard Hughes; SP-4/5 Fav
2ND-Verrazano 4-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Joseph O’Brien; SP-6/1
3RD Anodin 4-9-00 Owner-Wertheimer & Frere; Trainer-Freddy Head FR; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP-9/1
10 ran; Time-1m 37.73s; Dist-3⁄4, 11⁄4

2013-WINNER-DECLARATION OF WAR 4-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Joseph Allen; Trainer-
Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Joseph O’Brien; SP-15/2
2ND-Aljamaaheer 4-9-00 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-Roger Varian; Jockey-Paul Hanagan; SP-8/1
3RD-Gregorian 4-9-00 Owner-Princess Haya Of Jordan; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-16/1
13 ran; Time-1m 38.48s; Dist-¾, ½ 5/4 Fav Animal Kingdom (11th)

2012-WINNER-FRANKEL 4-9-00 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-Sir Henry Cecil; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-1/10 Fav
2ND-Excelebration 4-9-00 Owner-Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Joseph O’Brien; SP-5/1
3RD-Side Glance 5-9-00 Owner-Qatar Racing Limited; Trainer-Andrew Balding; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-33/1
11 ran, Time-1m 37.85s; Dist 11, nk

2011-WINNER-CANFORD CLIFFS 4-9-00 Owner-The Heffer Syndicate, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-11/8
2ND-Goldikova 6-8-13 Owner-Wertheimer et Frere; Trainer-Freddy Head FR; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP-5/4 Fav
3RD-Cityscape 5-9-00 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-Roger Charlton; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-14/1
7 ran, Time-1m 38.38s; Dist: 1, 1¾

2010-WINNER-GOLDIKOVA 5-8-11 Owner-Wertheimer et Frere; Trainer-Freddy Head FR; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP-11/8 Fav
2ND-Paco Boy 5-9-00 Owner-The Calvera Partnership No 2; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-11/4
3RD-Dream Eater 5-9-00 Owner-Jeff Smith; Trainer-Andrew Balding; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-50/1
10 ran, Time-1m 37.74s; Dist: nk, 3¼

2009-WINNER- PACO BOY 4-9-00 Owner-The Calvera Partnership No 2; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-100/30
2ND-Cesare 8-9-00 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud Ltd; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-11/1
3RD-Aqlaam 4-9-00 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-William Haggas; Jockey-Richard Hills; SP-10/1
9 ran, Time-1m 39.31s; Dist: 1½, ½. 9/4 Fav Gladiatorus (6th)

2008-WINNER-HARADASUN 5-9-00 Owner-Frank Tagg/Sue Magnier/Frank Meduri/Garry Moffitt; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien
IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-5/1
2ND-Darjina 4-8-11 Owner-Princess Zahra Aga Khan; Trainer-Alain De Royer-Dupre FR; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-5/1
3RD-Finsceal Beo 4-8-11 Owner-Michael Ryan; Trainer-Jim Bolger IRE; Jockey-Kevin Manning; SP-9/2 Fav
11 ran, Time-1m 38.98s, Dist: hd, ¾

2007-WINNER-RAMONTI 5-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-5/1
2ND-Jeremy 4-9-00 Owner-Betty Moran; Trainer-Sir Michael Stoute; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-14/1
3RD-Turtle Bowl 5-9-00 Owner-B van Dalfsen; Trainer-Francois Rohaut FR; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP-33/1
8 ran, Time-1m 37.21s, Dist: sh, sh 10/11 Fav George Washington (4th)

2006-WINNER-AD VALOREM 4-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier & Bob Ingham; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-13/2
2ND-Court Masterpiece 6-9-00 Owner-Gainsborough Stud; Trainer-Ed Dunlop; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-11/2
3RD-Proclamation 4-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-2/1
7 ran, Time-1m 40.0s, Dist: 1½, nk 7/4 Fav Peeress (4th)

2005-WINNER-VALIXIR 4-9-00 Owner-H H Aga Khan; Trainer-Andre Fabre FR; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-4/1
2ND-Rakti 6-9-00 Owner-Gary Tanaka; Trainer-Michael Jarvis; Jockey-Philip Robinson; SP-5/6 Fav
3RD-Starcraft 5-9-00 Owner-The Australian Syndicate; Trainer-Luca Cumani; Jockey-Darryll Holland; SP-7/1
10 ran, Time-1m 36.64s Dist: 1½, ½ (Run at York)

2004-WINNER-REFUSE TO BEND 4-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-12/1
2ND-Soviet Song 4-8-11 Owner-Elite Racing Club; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-6/1
3RD-Salselon 5-9-00 Owner-Scuderia Briantea Srl; Trainer-Luca Cumani; Jockey-Darryll Holland; SP-12/1
16 ran, Time-1m 39.14s Dist: nk, ¾ 5/2 Fav Six Perfections (6th)

2003-WINNER-DUBAI DESTINATION 4-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-9/2
*2ND-Right Approach 4-9-00 Owner-The Queen; Trainer-Sir Michael Stoute; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-20/1
3RD-Where Or When 4-9-00 Owner-John Humphreys (Turf Accountants Ltd); Trainer-Terry Mills; Jockey-Kevin Darley; SP- 8/1
10 ran, Time-1m 38.56s Dist: 4, ¾ 8/13 Fav Hawk Wing (7th)
*Tillerman originally finished second but was disqualified after failing a post-race urine test