Windsor Castle Stakes
Listed, Ascot 18:10
£100,000 guaranteed,
2yo only,
5f, Class 1    
Wednesday 21st June 2023


1 Big Evs 20/1
2 Johannes Brahms 10/3F
3 Inquisitively 18/1
4 Up The Manor 40/1
23 ran NR: Fandom, Seven Questions, Two Tribes
Distances: 3l, ¾l, nk Time: 59.91s (slow by 0.51s)

Big Evs showed his rivals a clean pair of heels to win in fine style for Mick Appleby and Jason Hart.

Big Evs was beaten into second at Redcar on his debut, but the son of first-season sire Blue Point left that form behind as he streaked clear on the stands’ side to win the five-furlong contest by an emphatic three lengths.

It was a first Royal Ascot winner for the multiple all-weather champion trainer, and a perfect fillip for Hart, who was narrowly denied on Highfield Princess in the G1 King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday.

The 10/3 favourite Johannes Brahms was best of the rest, three-quarters of a length in front of Inquisitively in third for Ollie Sangster.


Appleby said: “Big Evs worked with Annaf earlier in the week and I thought this has got to have a great chance at Royal Ascot, because Annaf is a machine. I knew he'd get the job done.

"We really fancied him at Redcar, but the draw did us. We've been trying for a long time to get a winner here. It's everything to have a winner at Royal Ascot – it makes training worth it.

“Well done to all the team at home who are working hard all week while I’m enjoying it here. It’s a great team effort and thanks to Paul [Teasdale, owner] for sending him to me.

“He’s got so much speed – I’ve never had a horse as quick as him. I’m not sure what we’ll do next. There are some big targets to come for him now, so we’ll see where we go with him.”

Hart said: “Mick was quietly confident and said this horse had done an excellent bit of work. He has taken a big step forward from his Redcar run and put up a good performance.

“I was massively hopeful we could reverse the placings [with Hala Emaraaty, 7th], because as people know there is a massive track bias at Redcar at the moment and I was drawn on the stands' side. If you don't get on the far side, you've not really got much chance and I had to use a lot of horse to get a good position. That told in the final 100 yards, but the horse has come on a lot for that run.

“I've not had many rides for Mick but, when I have, they are always in the right races. It's great for him and his team.”

Winning owner Paul Teasdale said: “I named Big Evs after someone very special, a man who I knew for 40 years, but he died in November. He was Paul Evans – we called him Evs and he was a big guy. We went racing together for 25 years and so to win this means so much.”

Cleeve Racing £10 trial

Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)
£100,000 guaranteed, 2yo only, 5f, Class 1
23 ran
Going: Good to Firm

1 (19)   Big Evs 2 9-5 Michael Appleby Jason Hart
2 (15)
3 Johannes Brahms 2 9-5 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore
3 (16)
¾ Inquisitively 2 9-5 Ollie Sangster Jamie Spencer
4 (18)
nk Up The Manor 2 9-5 Jack Jones Colin Keane
5 (2)
hd Alabama 2 9-5 A P O'Brien Wayne Lordan
6 (24)
Myconian 2 9-5 Amy Murphy Tom Marquand
7 (20)
nk Hala Emaraaty 2 9-5 Alice Haynes Kieran O'Neill
8 (11)
2 Ganesha 2 9-5 Phillip Makin Rowan Scott
9 (4)
1 Mayo Neighs 2 9-5 Ralph Beckett Rob Hornby
10 (8)
nk Supersonic Man 2 9-5 Mrs John Harrington Ronan Whelan
11 (3)
nk Barnwell Boy 2 9-5 Charlie Johnston Oisin Murphy
12 (7)
nk Muqtahem 2 9-5 George Boughey William Buick
13 (26)
hd World Of Darcy 2 9-5 K R Burke Daniel Tudhope
14 (5)
2 Lieutenant Rascal 2 9-5 George Scott Benoit De La Sayette
15 (6)
shd Action Point 2 9-5 Archie Watson Hollie Doyle
16 (1)
Scoops Ahoy 2 9-5 David O'Meara Jason Watson
17 (21)
¾ Fusterlandia 2 9-5 Richard Hannon Rossa Ryan
18 (9)
1 Sergeant Wilko 2 9-5 Kevin Ryan Tom Eaves
19 (12)
1 Bombay Bazaar 2 9-5 Richard Fahey Oisin Orr
20 (10)
1 Sir Bolton 2 9-5 Dominic Ffrench Davis David Egan
21 (17)
½ Hackman 2 9-5 Hugo Palmer James Doyle
22 (14)
Magnificent Match 2 9-5 Robert Eddery Andrea Atzeni
23 (13)
8 Maximum Impact 2 9-5 Alice Haynes Kevin Stott
NR 6 (22) Fandom 2 9-5 Wesley A Ward NON RUNNER
NR 21 (23) Seven Questions 2 9-5 George Scott WITHDRAWN
NR 24 (25) Two Tribes 2 9-5 Richard Spencer NON RUNNER




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2021 CHIPOTLE Eve Johnson Houghton Charles Bishop The Woodway 20 2-9-03 22/1
2020 TACTICAL Andrew Balding James Doyle The Queen 2-9-03 7/2F
2019 SOUTHERN HILLS Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith 2-9-03 7/1
2018 SOLDIER'S CALL Archie Watson Daniel Tudhope Clipper Logistics 2-9-03 12/1
2017 SOUND AND SILENCE Charlie Appleby William Buick Godolphin 2-9-03 16/1
2016 ARDAD John Gosden Robert Havlin Saeed Abdullah Al Nabooda 2-9-03 20/1
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12/19/06 HOTOTO Kevin Ryan Phillip Makin Kenneth Macpherson 2-9-03 14/1
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07/19/06 DRAWNFROMTHEPAST Jamie Osborne Martin Dwyer Elaine and Martyn Booth 2-9-03 9/1
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