Wokingham Stakes
Heritage Handicap, Ascot 17:00
£75,000 added,
3yo plus,
6f, Class 2   
Saturday 19th June 2021


1 Rohaan 8/1
2 Fresh 15/2
3 King''s Lynn 3/1F
4 Chiefofchiefs 14/1
21 ran NR: Chil Chil, Count Otto, Edraak, Fleeting Prince, Great Ambassador, Lexington Dash, Repartee, Streamline, Tis Marvellous
Distances: nk, ½l, ¾l Time: 1m 15.09s (slow by 2.19s)

In a week of Royal Ascot firsts, it was Jockey Shane Kelly and trainer David Evans’ turn, with Rohaan striking in the six-furlong Handicap.
The only three-year-old in this ultra-competitive handicap, the 112-rated Rohaan continued his superb season with an authoritative performance to score by a neck from Fresh. 
The Queen’s Kings Lynn was a well supported 3/1 favourite but was another near miss for Her Majesty, finishing third beaten a further half length. Chiefofchiefs was three-quarters of a length behind the Royal runner in fourth.
Rohaan had beaten Dragon Symbol – disqualified from first place in Friday’s G1 Commonwealth Cup – on his previous start in the G2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock Park in May.
Evans said: “It feels a lot different having a Royal Ascot winner - it's a great feeling. I don't know what to say really.
“I couldn't really see the race. I was watching the big screen and couldn't see a thing. I saw his white face early on and could see he was on the back of the bunch, but couldn't see anything later on until about the last 100 yards.
“Rohaan is a serious horse - it would have been nice if he could have run yesterday in the Commonwealth Cup, but it's lovely to win this race. I was always confident, but you never know what the field is going to do during the race.
“I think we will have a look at the July Cup next.”

Trainers Quotes

Kelly said: “I am overdue, and probably should have had one [a Royal Ascot winner] before now, but that's history. It was a great performance from the horse, he’s an incredible horse. He goes on any ground but handles this particularly well.
“I am delighted for the horse’s new owner [Chris Kiely], and for David Evans. It’s a remarkable story and I had the easy part. The rest is history.
“That’s Rohaan’s style of running - when Ryan Moore won on him here, he did that; he’s just lazy early. I was worried a little early doors, just that he wasn’t taking any interest and I had to squeeze him a bit, then he came back on the bridle and obviously the further he went, the better he was. 
“He just comes alive when you need him and slices through them; he just picks them up so easily. He gets through soft ground like it’s good ground, and it’s hard work - it’s tacky, gluey, but he slides through it like it’s good, fast ground.
“This has got to be right up there [with his best wins] - I know it’s only a handicap, but it is Royal Ascot. I’ve had a few near-misses, probably should have had a winner before now, but that’s history and it’s about today, and fair play to all connections.”


Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)
£75,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 2
21 ran
Going: Soft, Heavy (in places)

1 (10)     Rohaan 3 9-8 David Evans Shane Kelly 8/1
2 (9)
nk Fresh 4 8-13 James Fanshawe Kieran Shoemark 15/2
3 (7)
½ King's Lynn 4 9-3 5ex Andrew Balding Ryan Moore 3/1F
4 (8)
¾ Chiefofchiefs 8 9-2 Charlie Fellowes Jamie Spencer 14/1
5 (11)
hd Gulliver 7 9-2 David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope 20/1
6 (12)
¾ Hey Jonesy 6 9-3 Kevin Ryan Megan Nicholls 33/1
7 (5)
2 Above 4 9-3 Archie Watson Oisin Murphy 50/1
8 (19)
3 Punchbowl Flyer 4 9-2 5ex Eve Johnson Houghton Charles Bishop 14/1
9 (4)
hd Barbill 5 9-1 Mick Channon J F Egan 66/1
10 (27)
½ Lampang 4 9-8 5ex Tim Easterby Silvestre De Sousa 33/1
11 (15)
2 Desert Safari 4 9-3 Mark Johnston Frankie Dettori 28/1
12 (21)
Ropey Guest 4 9-1 George Margarson Tom Queally 7/1
13 (13)
nk Air Raid 6 9-0 Jedd O'Keeffe P J McDonald 33/1
14 (18) 1 Snazzy Jazzy 6 9-10 Lawrence Mullaney Laura Pearson 40/1
15 (29)
shd Danzeno 10 9-8 Michael Appleby Ray Dawson 40/1
16 (2)
2 Pendleton 5 9-3 Michael Dods Callum Rodriguez 11/1
17 (24) hd Indigo Balance 5 9-8 Mrs John Harrington Shane Foley 25/1
18 (1)
¾ Raaeb 4 9-1 Saeed bin Suroor Jim Crowley 50/1
19 (28)
Mr Lupton 8 9-8 Richard Fahey Paul Hanagan 14/1
20 (25)
2 Aberama Gold 4 9-4 Keith Dalgleish Shane Gray 18/1
21 (17)
Zargun 6 8-13 Scott Dixon Jonathan Fisher 66/1 
NR 2 (30) Chil Chil 5 9-9 Andrew Balding NON RUNNER
NR 8 (6) Tis Marvellous 7 9-4 Clive Cox NON RUNNER
NR 10 (14) Lexington Dash 4 9-3 Richard Hannon NON RUNNER
NR 19 (31) Edraak 5 9-2 5ex Michael Appleby NON RUNNER
NR 23 (20) Repartee 4 9-1 Kevin Ryan NON RUNNER
NR 25 (16) Fleeting Prince 4 9-0 Charles Hills NON RUNNER
NR 26 (3) Streamline 4 9-0 Clive Cox NON RUNNER
NR 28 (26) Count Otto 6 8-13 Amanda Perrett NON RUNNER
NR 29 (22) Great Ambassador 4 8-13 Ed Walker NON RUNNER


Past results

2020-WINNER-HEY JONESY Kevin Ryan Kevin Stott Pallister Racing 5-9-03 18/1
2019-WINNER-CAPE BYRON Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum 5-9-09 7/2F
2018-WINNER-BACCHUS Brian Meehan Jim Crowley G Morland, D Erwin, J Woodman 4-9-06 33/1
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)