|Heritage Handicap, Ascot 16:10
6f, Class 2
|Saturday 20th June 2020|
1 Hey Jonesy 18/1
2 Summerghand 15/2
3 Spanish City 16/1
4 Gulliver 12/1
22 ran NR: Bella Fever, Mubakker
Distances: nse, 1l, ½l Time: 1m 13.49s (slow by 1.09s)
Trainer Kevin Ryan and jockey Kevin Stott recorded a quickfire sprint double when Hey Jonesy landed Wokingham Heritage Handicap, following on from Hello Youmzain’s victory in the preceding G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Taking the lead after the first furlong, Hey Jonesy held on gamely to score by the minimum distance of a nose from the fast-finishing Summerghand.
Adam Ryan, son of Kevin Ryan, said: “It has been a great 30 minutes.
“For whatever reason, in the last six months we haven’t been able to find the key to Hey Jonesy. He came back safe and sound on Tuesday (22nd of 23 in the Buckingham Palace Handicap) and we had to figure something out to spark a bit of a bounce-back for him. The blinkers seemed to work, and Kevin was very positive on him.
“Even from the replay, I wasn’t sure if he had won. He has always been a tough horse when gets there. He had some high-class form and we just had to recapture that – he has certainly done that today.
“All the credit has to go to the staff. Without any racing it has been tough for everyone. There are no complaints, everyone has worked hard and the horses have been running brilliantly. This is down to them – it is a real big, team effort.
“We have been setting off at 4.00am to get down here at the moment. The logistics have been fairly tricky, but thankfully it has worked.
“I have only come down today, so I’ve picked the right day. We will enjoy the drive home and I am sure my dad is delighted.
“We have always had full faith in Kevin Stott. He is a very talented jockey, who is getting better and better. He is very strong in the saddle and that puts a lot of confidence in the horses. The owners are happy to have him there, he is an integral part of the team and thankfully the results are paying off for him.”
Kevin Stott said: “I never rode a winner at Ascot, let alone Royal Ascot, before today.
“Getting jocked off Hello Youmzain after winning two Group Twos on him – it obviously happens in racing quite a bit; James Doyle is amazing, such a good rider – it hurt, but it was the owner’s decision. Sometimes that happens, but I was very fortunate to get back on him. The owners said to Kevin he could choose the jockeys and he put me back on him. I am so delighted; to have my first Royal Ascot winner and then to have another one.
“It is very emotional. It means so much, and to my family at home in Denmark as well watching it. They aren’t here, I can’t fly out to see them, they can’t fly over here – it means a lot that they are watching at home.
“It has been absolutely amazing. I don’t know what to say really – I can’t find the words. An hour ago I didn’t think this would ever happen, and now I’m standing here with two Royal Ascot winners, things that you could never dream of. My first Group One as well. I am speechless.
“As a two-year-old we had such high expectations of Hey Jonesy; he ran such a good race in the sales race at York when he was by himself on the far side. He lost his way a bit as a three-year-old, even though he finished a very nice fifth here in the Commonwealth Cup. We tried him over a few different trips and stuff. He ran here on Tuesday; he just wasn’t happy. He just needed a bit of encouraging, which the blinkers did. I am so delighted for the owners, who have been so patient with him. I can’t describe it.
“I’m 25, 26 in July. I was born in Denmark, raised in Denmark, Mum is Danish and Dad English. I went to school over there. I said to Dad when I was 16 that I wanted to ride horses, and within a week he had flown me over here and dropped me off at Kevin Ryan’s yard, and I have been there ever since really. I have been in England nine years. My family at home are all horsey people; my Dad used to ride a lot in Scandinavia and went to India, Africa, places like that. One brother trains, the other rides around Scandinavia.
“We all appreciate the NHS staff so much, for us to donate all our riding fees today, it is literally just one day’s work of a month, the NHS staff are so amazing. They do some much more than just look after us so for us to donate all our riding fees and helping out to the true heroes.”
Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)
Winner: £48,518, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 2
1 (10) Hey Jonesy 5 9-3 Kevin Ryan Kevin Stott 18/1
2 (14) nse Summerghand 6 9-5 David O'Meara James Doyle 15/2
3 (19) 1 Spanish City 7 9-2 Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni 16/1
4 (20) ½ Gulliver 6 9-6 David O'Meara Ryan Moore 12/1
5 (6) nk Silent Echo 6 9-3 Peter Hedger Tom Marquand 22/1
6 (4) ½ Stone Of Destiny 5 9-1 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 28/1
7 (22) ¾ Lethal Lunch 5 9-2 Clive Cox Adam Kirby 18/1
8 (17) hd Highland Dress 4 9-1 Archie Watson Adam McNamara 7/1
9 (12) nse Danzeno 9 9-10 Michael Appleby Ben Curtis 25/1
10 (1) shd Jack's Point 4 9-0 William Muir Martin Dwyer 10/1
11 (11) ¾ Tinto 4 9-9 Amanda Perrett Marco Ghiani 16/1
12 (8) 1 Mr Lupton 7 9-8 Richard Fahey Connor Murtagh 28/1
13 (16) ½ Konchek 4 9-0 Clive Cox Hector Crouch 40/1
14 (5) shd Recon Mission 4 9-4 Tony Carroll Hollie Doyle 33/1
15 (18) 1 Soldier's Minute 5 9-4 Keith Dalgleish Joe Fanning 50/1
16 (9) hd Dazzling Dan 4 9-5 Pam Sly Martin Harley 28/1
17 (7) 3¼ Arecibo 5 9-4 David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope 25/1
18 (21) 1¼ Air Raid 5 9-3 Jedd O'Keeffe Jack Garritty 25/1
19 (3) ½ Bielsa 5 9-5 Kevin Ryan Silvestre De Sousa 5/1F
20 (13) hd No Nonsense 4 9-2 David Elsworth 50/1
21 (23) ¾ Angel Alexander 4 9-9 Tom Dascombe Richard Kingscote 14/1
22 (24) 5½ Teruntum Star 8 9-0 David C Griffiths Alistair Rawlinson 100/1
NR 5 (2) Mubakker 4 9-8 Sir Michael Stoute NON RUNNER
NR 12 (15) Bella Fever 3 9-4 Jane Chapple-Hyam NON RUNNER
2017-WINNER-OUT DO 8-8-13 Owner-Evan Sutherland; Trainer-David O’Meara; Jockey-Daniel Tudhope; SP-25/1
2ND-Steady Pace 4-9-04 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Josephine Gordon; SP-16/1
3RD-Projection 4-9-00 Owner-The Royal Ascot Racing Club; Trainer-Roger Charlton; Jockey-Kieran Shoemark; SP-15/2
4TH-Polybius 6-9-01 Owner-Karmaa Racing Ltd & Partners; Trainer-David Simcock; Jockey-Oisin Murphy; SP-33/1
27 ran; Time-1m 13.02s; Dist-½, nk, nk 11/2 fav Raucous (8th)
2016-WINNER-OUTBACK TRAVELLER 5-9-01 Owner-Lordship Stud & Mrs J Morley; Trainer-Robert Cowell; Jockey-Martin Harley; SP-10/1
2ND-Brando 4-9-02 Owner-Ms Angie Bailey; Trainer-Kevin Ryan; Jockey-Tom Eaves; SP-7/1 Jt Fav
3RD-Glen Moss 7-9-01 Owner-Ritchie Fiddes; Trainer-Michael Dods; Jockey-Philip Makin; SP-25/1
4TH-Absolutely So 6-9-10 Owner-The George Smith Family Partnership; Trainer-Andrew Balding; Jockey-Oisin Murphy; SP-25/1
28 ran; Time-1m 14.05s; Dist-nk, 1½, ¾ 7/1 Jt Fav (The Happy Prince 15th)
2015-WINNER-INTERCEPTION 5-9-03 Owner-Bjorn Nielsen; Trainer-David Lanigan; Jockey-George Baker; SP-10/1
2ND-Robert Le Diable 6-9-05 Owner-Bryan Lynam; Trainer-Didier Prod'homme FR; Jockey-Damien Oliver; SP-12/1
3RD-Lancelot Du Lac 5-9-05 Owner-Michael & Heather Yarrow; Trainer-Dean Ivory; Jockey-Robert Winston; SP-25/1
4TH-Related 5-8-12 Owner-J Barnett & M Caine; Trainer-David Simcock; Jockey-Fergus Sweeney; SP-50/1
25 ran; Time-1m 13.20s; Dist-11⁄4, 1, 3⁄4 7/1 Fav Watchable (5th)
2014-WINNER-BACCARAT 5-9-02 Owner-Sir Robert Ogden; Trainer-Richard Fahey; Jockey-George Chaloner; SP-9/1
2ND-Professor 4-9-08 Owner-Poilin Good; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-10/1
3RD-Rivellino 4-9-04 Owner-Melba Bryce; Trainer-Karl Burke; Jockey-William Buick; SP-25/1
4TH-Alben Star 6-9-04 Owner- J Shannon & M Scaife; Trainer-Richard Fahey; Jockey-Paul Hanagan; SP-16/1
28 ran; Time-1m 12.09s; Dist-11⁄2, 3⁄4, nk 4/1 Fav Absolutely So (15th)
2013-WINNER-YORK GLORY 5-9-02 Owner-Salman Rashed & Mohamed Khalifa; Trainer-Kevin Ryan; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-14/1
2ND-Shropshire 5-9-01 Owner-Catherine Corbett & Chris Wright; Trainer-Charlie Hills; Jockey-James McDonald; SP-12/1
3RD-Dinkum Diamond 5-9-02 Owner-Eight Star Syndicate; Trainer-Henry Candy; Jockey-Cathy Gannon; SP-22/1
4TH-Khubala 4-9-05 Owner-Pinar Araci Bas; Trainer-Hugo Palmer; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-16/1
26 ran; Time-1m 13.79s; Dist-13⁄4, 1, 3⁄4 6/1 Fav Gabriel’s Lad (9th)
2012-WINNER-DANDY BOY 6-9-08 Owner-Malih Al Basti; Trainer-David Marnane IRE; Jockey-Pat Dobbs; SP-33/1
2ND-Waffle 6-9-02 Owner-Laurence O’Kane & Paul Murphy; Trainer-David Barron; Jockey-Fran Berry; SP-11/1
3RD-Hawkeyethenoo 6-9-04 Owner-Johnnie Delta Racing; Trainer-Jim Goldie; Jockey-Graham Lee; SP-20/1
4TH-Morache Music 4-9-07 Owner- R P Marchant, D M Ahier & Mrs E Lee; Trainer-Peter Makin; Jockey-Seb Sanders; SP-20/1
28 ran; Time-1m 13.87s; Dist-11⁄4, 1⁄2, sh 15/2 Fav Lightning Cloud (9th)