Royal Hunt Cup
Heritage Handicap, Ascot 17:00
£175,000 added,
3yo plus,
7f 213y, Class 2   
Wednesday 19th June 2019


1 Afaak 20/1
2 Clon Coulis 16/1
3 Raising Sand 8/1
4 Stylehunter 22/1
5 Kynren 11/2F
28 ran NR: Breden,Crazy Horse, Seniority
Distances: nse, 2l, hd Time: 1m 42.36s (slow by 3.76s)

Afaak wins the Royal Hunt Cup for Jim Crowley

Trainer Charlie Hills did not have the best day at the office yesterday, when he ran two strongly-fancied horses in G1 races at Royal Ascot and both were beaten.
Battaash was second in the G1 King's Stand Stakes, but Phoenix Of Spain was unplaced in the G1 St James's Palace Stakes. Any disappointment Hills felt after that display was not helped when Phoenix Of Spain was found to be stiff and sore when led out of his box this morning.
Taking the philosophical view that 'There's always another day,' Hills returned to the Royal Meeting and Afaak provided him with a far happier result when landing today's 28-runner, £175,000 Royal Hunt Cup. It was Hills' fourth career win at Royal Ascot.
Afaak, who was runner-up in the race last year, and has been gelded since, is owned and was bred by Sheikh Hamdan, and ridden by Jim Crowley. The winner beat Clon Coulis by a nose, and there was two lengths back to Raising Sand. A further head behind in fourth was Stylehunter.
Given that Afaak was making his season's debut his win was a fine achievement for his trainer, who said: "He hasn't come in his coat yet and still looks a woolly bear. We were concerned about that, and then I suggested to Sheikh Hamdan that we could take him out because the ground had changed, but I'm glad we didn't!
"We gelded him during the winter - sometimes that is the best thing for a colt. We can now start looking for some races out of handicap company. We wanted to run him a couple of weeks ago, but he just didn't look quite right so we backed off."
Crowley registering his sixth victory at Royal Ascot overall, said: "Afaak did it well and Charlie has done a great job with the horse.
"This has been Afaak's target. He still hasn't come in his coat, but to come here first run of the year and pull it off in a big handicap like that is great.
"Obviously he was second in the race last year, so it is nice to go one better.
"He relaxed well and it went like clockwork. He was in front a long way out as my leaders on on the stands' side dropped away.
"Afaak is beautifully bred and hopefully there is more to come from him - it was a good performance by the whole team."


Royal Hunt Cup Heritage Handicap (Str)
£175,000 added, 3yo plus, 7f 213y, Class 2
28 runners
Going: Soft

1 AFAAK 5 9-3 20/1
J: Jim Crowley T: Charles Hills
2 ns CLON COULIS (IRE) 5 8-13 16/1
J: Jamie Spencer T: David Barron
3 2 RAISING SAND 7 9-3 8/1
J: Nicola Currie T: Jamie Osborne
4 hd STYLEHUNTER 4 8-13 22/1
J: Robert Havlin T: John Gosden
5 hd KYNREN (IRE) 5 9-1 11/2
J: Robert Winston T: David Barron
6 nk ROC ANGEL (FR) 5 9-3 33/1
J: Christophe Soumillon T: Fabrice Chappet, France
7 hd VALE OF KENT (IRE) 4 8-13 33/1
J: P. J. McDonald T: Mark Johnston
8 ¾ RED STARLIGHT 4 9-0 33/1
J: Tom Marquand T: Richard Hannon
9 hd SO BELOVED 9 9-5 33/1
J: Daniel Tudhope T: David O'Meara
10 ½ MORDIN (IRE) 5 9-6 14/1
J: Pat Cosgrave T: Simon Crisford
11 ½ WAR GLORY (IRE) 6 8-13 50/1
J: Sean Levey T: Richard Hannon
12 ¾ WHAT'S THE STORY 5 9-0 12/1
J: Paul Mulrennan T: Keith Dalgleish
13 ns BERINGER 4 8-13 18/1
J: Andrea Atzeni T: Alan King
14 ¾ CHIEF IRONSIDE 4 9-4 33/1
J: Jason Watson T: William Jarvis
15 KEY VICTORY (IRE) 4 9-5 16/1
J: James Doyle T: Charlie Appleby
16 hd ZWAYYAN 6 9-0 22/1
J: Silvestre De Sousa T: Andrew Balding
17 ns MITCHUM SWAGGER 7 9-7 20/1
J: Thore Hammer Hansen T: Ralph Beckett
18 3 CHILEAN 4 9-1 25/1
J: Rob Hornby T: Martyn Meade
19 ½ NEW GRADUATE (IRE) 4 9-5 11/2
J: Frankie Dettori T: James Tate
20 nk ROBIN OF NAVAN (FR) 6 9-5 12/1
J: Oisin Murphy T: Harry Dunlop
21 1 CIRCUS COUTURE (IRE) 7 9-2 25/1
J: John Egan T: Jane Chapple-Hyam
22 COMIN' THROUGH (AUS) 6 9-7 100/1
J: Dylan Hogan T: George Scott
23 ½ ZHUI FENG (IRE) 6 9-4 40/1
J: Pat Dobbs T: Amanda Perrett
24 PETRUS (IRE) 4 9-0 22/1
J: Martin Dwyer T: Brian Meehan
25 hd KING'S FIELD (IRE) 4 9-3 25/1
J: Donnacha O'BrienT: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
26 CARDSHARP 4 9-11 50/1
J: Jason Hart T: Mark Johnston
27 hd SETTLE FOR BAY (FR) 5 9-5 20/1
J: William James Lee T: David Marnane, Ireland
28 27 GLENDEVON (USA) 4 9-2 66/1
J: Shane Kelly T: Richard Hughes


Past results


2017-WINNER-ZHU FENG 4-9-00 Owner-John Connolly & Odile Griffith; Trainer-Amanda Perrett; Jockey-Martin Dwyer; SP-25/1
2ND-Blair House 4-8-11 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Charlie Appleby; Jockey-Mickael Barzalona; SP-16/1
3RD-Tashweeq 4-9-06 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Dane O’Neill; SP-66/1
4TH-Ballet Concerto 4-9-02 Owner-Saeed Suhail; Trainer-Sir Michael Stoute; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-20/1
29 ran; Time-1m 37.82s; Dist-½, nk, 1¾ 13/2 Fav Abe Lincoln (15th)

2016-WINNER-PORTAGE 4-9-05 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Michael Halford IRE; Jockey-James Doyle; SP-10/1
2ND-Librisa Breeze 4-8-11 Owner-Tony Bloom; Trainer-Dean Ivory; Jockey-Robert Winston; SP-8/1
3RD-Mitchum Swagger 4-9-08 Owner- Paul Dean & the Mitchum Swagger P’Ship; Trainer-David Lanigan; Jockey-George Baker; SP- 14/1
4TH-Azraff 4-8-13 Owner-Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar; Trainer-Marco Botti; Jockey-Andrea Atzeni; SP-20/1
28 ran; Time-1m 43.01s; Dist-11⁄4, nk, 1⁄2 13/2 Fav Convey (22nd)

2015-WINNER-GM HOPKINS 4-9-03 Owner-Robin Geffen; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-8/1
2ND-Temptress 4-8-12 Owner-The Pyoneers; Trainer-Roger Charlton; Jockey-James Doyle; SP-9/1
3RD-Chil The Kite 6-9-08 Owner-Hazel Lawrence & Graham Doyle; Trainer-Hughe Morrison; Jockey-George Baker; SP-16/1
4TH-Balty Boys 4-8-12 Owner-Koo’s Racing Club, Carr & Jacobs; Trainer-Brian Ellison; Jockey-Silvestre de Sousa; SP-25/1 30 ran; Time-1m 40.30s; Dist-nk, 11⁄2, 1⁄2 7/1 Fav Ayaar (9th)

2014-WINNER-FIELD OF DREAM 7-9-01 Owner-N Jackson; Trainer-Jamie Osborne; Jockey-Adam Kirby; SP-20/1
2ND-Chil The Kite 5-9-09 Owner-Hazel Lawrence & Graham Doyle; Trainer-Hughie Morrison; Jockey-George Baker; SP-14/1
3RD-Steeler 4-9-06 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Charlie Appleby; Jockey-Silvestre de Sousa; SP-33/1
4TH-Sea Shanty 4-8-12 Owner-The Queen; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-14/1
28 ran; Time-1m 37.88s; Dist-11⁄4, 11⁄4, sh 7/2 Fav Abseil (8th)

2013-WINNER-BELGIAN BILL 5-8-11 Owner-PJL Racing, Byrne, Baker; Trainer-George Baker; Jockey-James Doyle; SP-33/1
2ND-Premio Loco 9-9-09 Owner-Bernard Westley; Trainer-Chris Wall; Jockey-George Baker; SP- 40/1
3RD-Arsaadi 4-8-12 Owner-Sultan Ali; Trainer-William Haggas; Jockey-Liam Jones; SP-50/1
4TH-Don’t Call Me 6-9-05 Owner-Matt & Lauren Morgan; Trainer-David Nicholls; Jockey-Pat Dobbs; SP-25/1
28 ran; Time-1m 38.68s; Dist-3⁄4, 1⁄2, 1⁄2 10/1 Co Favs Two For Two (12th), Fury (18th), Stirring Ballad (22nd)

2012-WINNER-PRINCE OF JOHANNE 6-9-03 Owner-David Storey; Trainer-Tom Tate; Jockey-John Fahy; SP-16/1
2ND-Excellent Guest 5-8-11 Owner-John Guest Racing; Trainer-George Margarson; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-33/1
3RD-Don’t Call Me 5-8-08 Owner-Matt & Lauren Morgan; Trainer-David Nicholls; Jockey-Sam Hitchcott; SP-50/1
4TH-Field Of Dream 5-9-00 Owner-Ken Gundlach; Trainer-Jamie Osborne; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-66/1
30 ran; Time-1m 38.24s; Dist-1⁄2, 3⁄4, nk 9/2 Fav Dimension (8th)

2011-WINNER-JULIENAS 4-8-08 Owner-Peter Harris; Trainer-Walter Swinburn; Jockey-Eddie Ahern; SP-12/1
2ND-Dance And Dance 5-9-03 Owner-Mohammed Rashid; Trainer-Ed Vaughan; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-7/1 Fav
3RD-Invisible Man 5-9-06 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-20/1
4TH-Pendragon 8-8-04 Owner-Dan Gilbert & Kristian Strangeway; Trainer-Brian Ellison; Jockey-Jimmy Quinn; SP-33/1
28 ran; Time-1m 38.53s; Dist-1⁄2, 2, ns

2010-WINNER-INVISIBLE MAN 4-8-09 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-28/1
2ND-Riggins 6-9-00 Owner-Dubai Thoroughbred Racing; Trainer-Andrew Balding; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-12/1 3RD-St Moritz 4-8-07 Owner-Renata Jacobs; Trainer-Mark Johnston; Jockey-Joe Fanning; SP-12/1
4TH-Tryst 5-8-05 Owner-Ms L A Morgan; Trainer-John Hammond FR; Jockey-Hayley Turner; SP-12/1
29 ran; Time-1m 37.16s; Dist-1⁄2, 1, 1 8/1 Fav Dandy Boy (21st)

2009-WINNER-FORGOTTEN VOICE 4-9-01 Owner-Susan Roy; Trainer-Jeremy Noseda; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-4/1 Fav
2ND-Huzzah 4-8-10 Owner-J Gale, J Finch, D Cole, Robin Dollar, David Powell; Trainer-Barry Hills; Jockey-Michael Hills; SP-25/1
3RD-Mia’s Boy 5-9-03 Owner-Iraj Parvizi; Trainer-Chris Dwyer; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-9/1
4TH-Nanton 7-8-06 Owner-Stuart Morrison; Trainer-Jim Goldie; Jockey-Daniel Tudhope; SP-16/1
25 ran; Time-1m 40.41s; Dist-21⁄4, 3⁄4, 11⁄2

2008-WINNER-MR AVIATOR 4-9-05 Owner-Sue Brendish; Trainer-Richard Hannon snr; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-25/1
2ND-Docofthebay 4-9-06 Owner-Paul Dixon; Trainer-Jamie Osborne; Jockey-Shane Kelly; SP-10/1
3RD-Royal Power 5-8-12 Owner-David Nicholls; Trainer-David Nicholls; Jockey-Adrian Nicholls; SP-25/1
4TH-Kavachi 5-8-04 Owner-Bryan Pennick & Roy Martin; Trainer-Gary Moore; Jockey-Franny Norton 33/1
29 ran, Time-1m 39.63s, Dist-nk, nk, 3⁄4 13/8 Fav Bankable (5th)