Ascot Stakes
Handicap, Ascot 17:00
£90,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 3f 210y, Class 2    
Tuesday 19th June 2018


1 Lagostovegas 10/1
2 Dubawi Fifty 6/1
3 Stratum 10/1
4 Chelkar 5/1 jf
19 ran NR: Cayirli Distances: 1l, 1¼l, nk
Time: 4m 31.75s (slow by 11.75s)

Lagostovegas provides Mullins with a fourth Ascot Stakes victory

© Caroline Norris
Ireland's champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins saddled his sixth Royal Ascot winner, and his fourth in the Ascot Handicap, when Lagostovegas won the 2018 running of the staying handicap.
The six-year-old mare, a 10/1 shot carrying the colours of owner John Donohue, beat Dubawi Fifty (6/1) from Karen Mclintock's stable by a length, and that pair were followed home by three more Mullins-trained runners, with Stratum (10/1) in third, Chelkar (5/1 jt fav) in fourth and his fellow joint-favourite, Whiskey Sour, in fifth.
Lagostovegas is not entered in Saturday's Queen Alexandra Stakes, and she might not have been at Royal Ascot today had Donohue's phone call to Mullins not convinced the trainer it was not up for discussion. Mullins said: "She had probably done the fastest work of the five ahead of the race, and that made me doubt whether she would get the trip. I spoke to John, and expressed my doubts about running, but he said his wife and two daughters were in town shopping for outfits to wear, so I said 'John, I'll see you on Tuesday'. 
"That is why the mare is here - you could say the owner was keen to come. However, it looked a slow gallop and the pace-setter [Dubawi Fifty] finished second, which suggested it wasn't a great pace, so it played into her hands.
"Stratum was caught wide and was given a terrific ride by Robert [Winston] from that position, while Chelkar was very free with Ryan [Moore] and used himself up too much, but both horses were staying on at the line. They will have to win handicaps each to get into the top handicaps, but I'm not too worried about going back to jumping for any of them. If they can pay their way on the Flat that is what they will do, and now there is more money in staying races we will try to capitalise.
"After Punchestown we look at which horses could run in France, which ones could go on the Flat and which ones to turn out to grass. The Flat-bred ones are fairly obvious and so we take a chance on whether they will go on the ground. The owners of this mare love their racing and wherever we can find a race for her they will be keen to go."


Ascot Stakes Handicap
£90,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 3f 210y, Class 2
19 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (1) Lagostovegas (IRE) 10/1 Andrea Atzeni
W P Mullins 6
2nd (8) 1 Dubawi Fifty 6/1 S De Sousa
Karen McLintock 5
3rd (11) Stratum 10/1 R Winston
W P Mullins 5
4th (15) nk Chelkar (FR) 5/1j R L Moore
W P Mullins 5
5th (5) ¾ Whiskey Sour (IRE) 5/1j C Soumillon
W P Mullins 5
6th (10) Coeur de Lion 11/2 M Harley
A King 5
7th (6) 1 Kloud Gate (FR) 66/1 A Kirby
G L Moore 6
8th (3) ½ Hassle (IRE) 50/1 L Morris
Dr R D P Newland 9
9th (7) hd Cleonte (IRE) 40/1 Jim Crowley
A M Balding 5
10th (13) hd Dannyday 10/1 P J Dobbs
Sir Michael Stoute 6
11th (19) hd Sam Missile (IRE) 50/1 D C Costello
J A Osborne 5
12th (9) ¾ White Desert (IRE) 10/1 W Buick
C Appleby 4
13th (18) nk Meri Devie (FR) 12/1 M Barzalona
W P Mullins 5
14th (2) ¾ Mirsaale 66/1 Rowan Scott (3)
K Dalgleish 8
15th (20) Percy Street 100/1 Oisin Murphy
D Pipe 5
16th (17) 9 Daybreak Boy (IRE) 50/1 W M Lordan
H de Bromhead 5
17th (16) 13 Garo De Juilley (FR) 100/1 L P Keniry
Mrs S Leech 6
18th (14) Look My Way 16/1 Jason Hart
J J Quinn 4
19th (4) 25 Battalion (IRE) 100/1 J P Spencer
J A Osborne 8
NR (12) Cayirli (FR) S W Kelly
S Durack 6




2017 THOMAS HOBSON Willie Mullins IRE Ryan Moore Susannah Ricci 7-9-10 4/1F
2016 JENNIES JEWEL Jarlath Farley IRE Ronan Whelan Andrew McIntyre 9-9-03 6/1
2015 CLONDAW WARRIOR Willie Mullins IRE Ryan Moore Act D Wagg Syndicate 8-9-00 5/1F
2014 DOMINATION Charles Byrnes IRE Fran Berry Carol Cleary 7-9-07 12/1
2013 WELL SHARP Jonjo O’Neill Fran Berry J P McManus 5-9-10 9/1
2012 SIMENON Willie Mullins IRE Ryan Moore Wicklow Bloodstock Limited 5-9-10 8/1
2011 VEILED Nicky Henderson Eddie Ahern Pump & Plant Services Ltd 5-9-03 11/2
2010 JUNIOR David Pipe Seb Sanders Middleham Park Racing LI 7-9-00 17/2
2009 JUDGETHEMOMENT Jane Chapple-Hyam Richard Hughes Gordon Li 4-9-05 13/2
2008 MISSOULA Suzy Smith Sam Hitchcott M Weaver & Pollards Bloodstock 5-9-00 20/1
2007 FULL HOUSE Paul Webber Jimmy Fortune Chamberlain Addiscott Partnership 8-9-01 20/1
2006 BADDAM Mick Channon Ian Mongan Noel Martin 4-9-02 33/1
*2005 LEG SPINNER Tony Martin IRE Fran Berry Bill Moffett 4-8-12 9/1
2004 DOUBLE OBSESSION Mark Johnston John Egan Ron Huggins, R B Huckerby, Atlantic Racing 4-9-02 25/1
2003 SINDAPOUR Martin Pipe Martin Dwyer Mary Burke 5-8-03 12/1
2002 RIYADH Martin Pipe Kieren Fallon Salah Helaissi 4-9-05 7/1F
2001 COVER UP Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon Lord Weinstock 4-9-10 12/1
2000 BARBA PAPA Tony Martin IRE Johnny Murtagh Glen Devlin 6-9-07 10/1
1999 HIGH AND MIGHTY John Gosden Frankie Dettori Sheikh Mohammed 4-9-06 10/1
1998 SAN SEBASTIAN Michael Grassick IRE Eddie Ahern Ricardo Sanz 4-9-05 16/1
1997 SEA FREEDOM Toby Balding Steve Drowne Bridget Swire 6-8-03 20/1
1996 SOUTHERN POWER Reg Akehurst Olivier Peslier Lucayan Stud 5-9-07 25/1
1995 HARLESTONE BROOK John Dunlop Michael Kinane John Dunlop 5-9-08 6/1
1994 SWEET GLOW Martin Pipe Cash Asmussen Marilyn Fairbrother 7-9-01 14/1
1993 BALASANI Martin Pipe Mark Perrett M D Smith 7-9-01 8/1
1992 GONDOLIER Henry Cecil Pat Eddery Lord Howard de Walden 4-9-09 7/1F
1991 CABOCHON David Morley Willie Carson Sir Piers Bengough 4-8-06 15/2
1990 RETOUCH Paul Cole Michael Roberts Simon Wingfield Digby 4-8-02 12/1
1989 ARIZELOS Guy Harwood Steve Cauthen Athos Christodoulou 4-10-00 4/1F
1988 ZERO WATT Guy Harwood Greville Starkey Sheikh Mohammed 4-9-03 7/2F
1987 INLANDER Reg Akehurst Nicky Adams Jeff Daniels 6-7-07 5/1
1986 RIKKI TAVI Barry Hills Willie Carson Alan Boon 6-7-10 7/2F
1985 MEADOWBROOK Ian Balding Pat Eddery Mrs John A McDougald 4-8-06 9/1
1984 KAYUDEE Jimmy FitzGerald Tony Murray Kenton Utilities & Developments 4-8-09 11/2
1983 RIGHT REGENT Martin Pipe Steve Cauthen S Hindle 5-8-08 6/1
1982 POPSIS JOY Mick Haynes Willie Carson Victor Morley Lawson 7-8-11 5/1
1981ATLANTIC TRAVELLER Bill Watts George Duffield C Campbell Golding 4-7-12 7/1
1980 HEIGHLIN David Elsworth Richard Fox Woodside Engineers 4-7-12 8/1
1979 MON’S BEAU Giles Beeson Walter Swinburn M Vine 4-7-07 14/1
1978 MOUNTAIN CROSS Bill Watts John Lowe Mrs A Leggatt 6-9-11 11/4F
1977 MATINALE Barry Hills Ernie Johnson Mrs Olga Thurston 4-7-08 7/1