Chesham Stakes
Listed, Ascot 15:00
Winner: £23,680,
2yo only,
7f, Class 1   
Thursday 18th June 2020


1 Battleground 11/4F
2 March Law 18/1
3 Seattle Rock 80/1
8 ran NR: Concessions
Time: 1m 30.62s (slow by 4.92s

Battleground was the comfortable winner, lengthening impressively in the final furlong to take the seven-furlong contest by two and a half lengths from March Law.

Sired by War Front, the two-year-old colt Battleground is the first foal of 2016 G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Found.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “Battleground ran at Naas, finished a good fifth and Wayne Lordan loved him. We are delighted to win today.

“He had a good clear run at Naas, there was no hard luck story but he learnt a lot from it. He is out of Found so you would have hoped he would stay further really.

“We were worried about the ground. Battleground is by War Front, but Found handled soft ground when she won the Breeders’ Cup Turf [2015].

“Battleground is an exciting horse – he could be anything. He could be one for the July Meeting or the National Stakes. I would imagine he would stay well and probably a mile will be his trip. Found got a mile and a half, but he is by War Front and that is a big influence for speed.

Trainers Quotes

“We are hoping that he could progress into a very good miler. Found was an unbelievable, magic mare. She was one of the very special ones and everyone remembers her. Obviously, this is her first foal and everyone wants to do well. Battleground is an unbelievable specimen really.

“It was a big ask for our two-year-olds as most of them only run last week. We needed to get a run into him otherwise it was going to be difficult to get into the race as they would have been fourth or fifth preference. We were lucky in this race that it was not a full field and he finished fifth on his debut.

“Obviously, some two-year-olds have disappointed this week, but they are entitled to.”

John Waterworth, who owns the Chesham Stakes runner-up March Law in partnership with his wife Susan, said: “Tremendous, fabulous – I am really pleased with that. He has a Book 1 pedigree though, we think he has a lot of time to develop and think he will get better as the season goes on.”

As a Newcastle United fan, Waterworth joked: “Black and white still can’t win!”


Chesham Stakes
Winner: £23,680, 2yo only, 7f, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Soft

1 (6)     Battleground 2 9-3 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 11/4F
2 (8)
March Law 2 9-3 Mark Johnston Silvestre De Sousa 18/1
3 (3)
Seattle Rock 2 8-12 Sylvester Kirk Ben Curtis 80/1
4 (5)
Golden Flame 2 9-3 Mark Johnston Frankie Dettori 5/1
5 (2)
1 Modern News 2 9-3 Charlie Appleby William Buick 4/1
2 (1)
shd Bright Devil 2 9-3 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 7/1
3 (7)
Clarendon Cross 2 9-3 Richard Hannon Pat Dobbs 14/1
4 (9)
First Prophet 2 9-3 Charlie Fellowes James Doyle 7/2
NR 8 (4) Concessions 2 8-12 Richard Hannon NON RUNNER




2017 SEPTEMBER Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith 2-8-12 11/8F
2016 CHURCHILL Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier 2-9-03 8/11F
2015 SUITS YOU Eoghan O’Neill FR Cristian Demuro Mrs M O’Neill & A Solomon 2-9-03 14/1
2014 RICHARD PANKHURST John Gosden William Buick Rachel Hood 2-9-03 10/1
2013 BERKSHIRE Paul Cole Jim Crowley HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah 2-9-03 16/1
2012 THA’IR Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 2-9-03 9/2
11/18/06 MAYBE Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier 2-8-12 5/2F
10/19/06 ZAIDAN Clive Brittain Seb Sanders Saeed Manana 2-9-03 7/1
09/20/06 BIG AUDIO Richard Hannon snr Richard Hughes Michael Pescod 2-9-03 22/1
08/21/06 FREE AGENT Richard Hannon snr Richard Hughes H M The Queen 2-9-03 7/2JF
07/23/06 MAZE Bryan Smart Royston Ffrench Pinnacle Dr Fong Partnership 2-9-03 11/2
06/24/06 CHAMPLAIN Michael Jarvis Philip Robinson Sheikh Mohammed 2-9-03 7/2
*05/14/06 CHAMPIONSHIP POINT Mick Channon Ted Durcan John Livock Bloodstock Ltd 2-9-00 4/1
04/19/06 WHAZZAT Barry Hills Michael Hills Bill Gredley 2-8-07 7/1
03/18/06 PEARL OF LOVE Mark Johnston Darryll Holland Mick Doyle 2-9-00 11/10F
02/19/06 HELM BANK Mark Johnston Keith Dalgleish Gary & Lesley Middlebrook 2-9-00 25/1
01/20/06 SEBA David Loder Frankie Dettori Sheikh Mohammed 2-8-09 3/1F
00/21/06 CELTIC SILENCE Mark Johnston Kieren Fallon Peter Savill 2-8-12 15/8F
99/17/06 BACH Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane Satish Sanan and Sue Magnier 2-8-12 5/2
98/18/06 RHAPSODIST John Gosden Frankie Dettori Sheikh Mohammed 2-8-12 6/1
97/19/06 CENTRAL PARK Paul Cole Frankie Dettori Fahd Salman 2-9-00 7/1
96/20/06 SHAMIKH Saeed bin Suroor Richard Hills Hamdan Al Maktoum 2-8-12 8/1
95/22/06 WORLD PREMIER Clive Brittain Brett Doyle Maureen Brittain 2-9-02 6/1
94/16/06 MONTJOY Paul Cole Richard Quinn Sir George Meyrick 2-8-12 5/1
93/17/06 STATE PERFORMER Peter Chapple-Hyam John Reid Robert Sangster 2-9-00 8/13F
92/18/06 HUMAM Tom Jones Richard Hills Hamdan Al Maktoum 2-8-12 2/1F
91/20/06 FAIR COP Paul Cole Alan Munro Fahd Salman 2-8-12 7/2JF
90/21/06 CHICARICA John Gosden Pat Eddery Sheikh Mohammed 2-8-07 10/11F
89/22/06 BE MY CHIEF Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Peter Burrell 2-8-12 2/5F
88/16/06 JACAMAR Ben Hanbury Bruce Raymond Omar Zawawi 2-8-12 50/1
87/18/06 LAPIERRE Clive Brittain Steve Cauthen Mrs J M Khan 2-8-12 9/1
86/19/06 MINSTRELLA Charlie Nelson John Reid Edward P Evans 2-8-08 10/1
85/20/06 BAKHAROFF Guy Harwood Greville Starkey Khalid Abdullah 2-8-11 EvensF
84/21/06 OLD BAILEY Guy Harwood Greville Starkey Mrs C B Thompson 2-8-11 15/8F
83/16/06 HEAD FOR HEIGHTS Richard Hannon snr Greville Starkey John Horgan 2-8-11 11/2
82/17/06 RIGHT DANCER Paul Kelleway Lester Piggott Norman Mandell 2-8-08 6/4F
81/18/06 CAJUN Henry Cecil Lester Piggott James Stone 2-8-11 10/11F
80/19/06 KIRTLING Harry Wragg Pat Eddery Eric Moller 2-8-11 5/1
79/21/06 STAR WAY Paul Kelleway Lester Piggott Mrs L Glaser 2-8-11 9/4F
78/22/06 MAIN REEF Henry Cecil Joe Mercer Jim Joel 2-8-11 8/15F
77/16/06 SOOKERA Dermot Weld IRE Walter Swinburn Robert Sangster 2-8-08 7/2
*run at York