Ascot Stakes
Handicap, Ascot 17:00
£100,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
2m 3f 210y, Class 2    
Tuesday 14th June 2023


1 Ahorsewithnoname 7/1
2 Calling The Wind 15/2
3 Tritonic 20/1
4 Law Of The Sea 8/1
19 ran NR: East Asia Distances: 1¾l, ¾l, nse
Time: 4m 32.05s (slow by 11.55s)

Ahorsewithnoname brought the curtain down on her racing career in stunning fashion as she stayed on best of all under William Buick for trainer Nicky Henderson.

Ridden for luck around the inside, Ahorsewithnoname, who is in foal to Cracksman, got the gaps when she needed them in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap and took full advantage to score by a length and three-quarters.

Calling The Wind, twice placed in the Queen Alexandra Stakes, hit the frame in another big staying race at the Royal Meeting under apprentice sensation Billy Loughnane.

Tritonic, also representing a trainer more associated with Jump racing in Alan King, came out on top in a blanket finish for third.


Henderson said: “There was less pressure today [compared to the Cheltenham Festival]. I don't just say that because it's a Flat race – after all it is Royal Ascot for goodness sake and a big day in anyone's life – but it's not the Champion Hurdle with the pressure you get in that. Any race at Cheltenham is very special and any race at Royal Ascot is the same. We love having a go here.

“I said to William [Buick] whatever you do don't ask Ryan [Moore] how to ride her because he'll tell you to drop her out the back! No, I'm sure they all help each other out.

“William gave her a beautiful ride. She had a dream run and the rain last night helped her. I've been saying Cracksman probably helped more than anyone. It definitely changed her – she's much sharper. She was a laid-back filly but, since her visit to him in Newmarket at Dalham Hall Stud, it has woken her up a bit. It's been a tried-and-tested route, but you can only do it once and you have just 90 days in which to do it. On some mares it might have the opposite effect and they go all dreamy and mummy, but not her.”

Buick said: “The filly gave me a beautiful ride and Nicky was very confident beforehand. She came here in great shape and throughout the race it was just a case of staying with them.

“I needed a bit of luck from where I was [on the rail] but, to be fair to her when I asked her to quicken, she picked up. Not many horses can do that over this trip. I got the gaps when I needed them and a bit of luck.

“It’s always nice to get a winner on the first day or early in the meeting. It's a great week and I'm really looking forward to the rest of it.”

Richard Hughes said of Calling The Wind: “I’m very proud of him. Next year he’ll come back in his wheelchair! Billy [Loughnane] gave him a lovely ride - it’s a big occasion for a young fella and I don’t think any jockey could have ridden him any better.”

Trainers Quotes

Asked if he was tempted to run Calling The Wind again on Saturday, Hughes replied: “We’ll see. There’s a race for him at Goodwood as well. He’s not getting any younger now. We’ll think about it, but it’s a long way round here going two and a half miles.

“I was just hoping he could get in front - and then one came up on his outside and he fought him off, too. He was very brave. I just wish Nicky Henderson would stick to his jumpers! It’s annoying, but he’s a super horse. We’ve had him four or five years now, and we bought him for cheap money and we’ve had great fun. He’s a real yard favourite and gets all the special treatment.”

Loughnane added: “Calling The Wind ran a great race. The wide draw [13] probably beat him and the winner got a nice run through up the rail. He had everything else covered apart from that. He’s a genuine little horse and hopefully he’ll get his day in the sun soon.”

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Ascot Stakes Handicap
£100,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 2m 3f 210y, Class 2
19 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

1 (7)    Ahorsewithnoname 8 9-8 Nicky Henderson William Buick 7/1
2 (13)
Calling The Wind 7 9-11 Richard Hughes Billy Loughnane 15/2
3 (11) ¾ Tritonic 6 9-12 Alan King Rossa Ryan 20/1
4 (17)
nse Law Of The Sea 5 9-4 Ian Williams David Egan 8/1
5 (8)
hd Weston 4 9-7 Gordon Elliott Colin Keane 28/1
6 (16)
½ Zoffee 7 9-7 Hugo Palmer Ben Curtis 16/1
7 (1)
¾ Novel Legend 4 9-5 James Fanshawe Daniel Muscutt 6/1
8 (20)
1 The Grand Visir 9 9-7 Ian Williams Richard Kingscote 40/1
9 (2)
Solent Gateway 5 9-7 Hugo Palmer James Doyle 50/1
10 (10)
nk Throne Hall 6 9-6 Archie Watson Hollie Doyle 50/1
11 (4)
shd Prince Imperial 6 9-6 Milton Harris Rob Hornby 100/1
12 (9)
Themaxwecan 7 9-4 Charlie Johnston Jamie Spencer 40/1
13 (15)
Bring On The Night 6 9-9 W P Mullins Ryan Moore 13/8F
14 (14)
nse Urban Artist 44 8 9-10 Hughie Morrison Oisin Murphy 50/1
15 (12)
Irish Lullaby 4 9-7 Mrs John Harrington Ronan Whelan 20/1
16 (19)
nk Zinc White 5 9-4 Ian Williams Jim Crowley 11/1
17 (18)
Pleasant Man 5 9-7 Paul Nicholls Tom Marquand 40/1
18 (5)
16 Achnamara 4 9-4 Harry Fry Saffie Osborne 50/1
19 (6)
58 Fleurman 5 9-11 Olly Murphy Kevin Stott 28/1
NR 16 (3) East Asia 8 9-4 Ian Williams NON RUNNER




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2021 RESHOUN Ian Williams William Buick Dr Marwan Koukash 7-9-07 66/1
2020 COUER DE LION Alan King Thore Hammer Hansen The Barbury Boys 7-8-10 16/1
2019 THE GRAND VISIR Ian Williams Richard Kingscote CLXX 5-9-10 12/1
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2015 CLONDAW WARRIOR Willie Mullins IRE Ryan Moore Act D Wagg Syndicate 8-9-00 5/1F
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2002 RIYADH Martin Pipe Kieren Fallon Salah Helaissi 4-9-05 7/1F
2001 COVER UP Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon Lord Weinstock 4-9-10 12/1
2000 BARBA PAPA Tony Martin IRE Johnny Murtagh Glen Devlin 6-9-07 10/1
1999 HIGH AND MIGHTY John Gosden Frankie Dettori Sheikh Mohammed 4-9-06 10/1
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1994 SWEET GLOW Martin Pipe Cash Asmussen Marilyn Fairbrother 7-9-01 14/1
1993 BALASANI Martin Pipe Mark Perrett M D Smith 7-9-01 8/1
1992 GONDOLIER Henry Cecil Pat Eddery Lord Howard de Walden 4-9-09 7/1F
1991 CABOCHON David Morley Willie Carson Sir Piers Bengough 4-8-06 15/2
1990 RETOUCH Paul Cole Michael Roberts Simon Wingfield Digby 4-8-02 12/1
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1988 ZERO WATT Guy Harwood Greville Starkey Sheikh Mohammed 4-9-03 7/2F
1987 INLANDER Reg Akehurst Nicky Adams Jeff Daniels 6-7-07 5/1
1986 RIKKI TAVI Barry Hills Willie Carson Alan Boon 6-7-10 7/2F
1985 MEADOWBROOK Ian Balding Pat Eddery Mrs John A McDougald 4-8-06 9/1
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1982 POPSIS JOY Mick Haynes Willie Carson Victor Morley Lawson 7-8-11 5/1
1981ATLANTIC TRAVELLER Bill Watts George Duffield C Campbell Golding 4-7-12 7/1
1980 HEIGHLIN David Elsworth Richard Fox Woodside Engineers 4-7-12 8/1
1979 MON’S BEAU Giles Beeson Walter Swinburn M Vine 4-7-07 14/1
1978 MOUNTAIN CROSS Bill Watts John Lowe Mrs A Leggatt 6-9-11 11/4F
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