Ascot Stakes
Handicap, Ascot 17:00
£65,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 3f 210y, Class 2    
Tuesday 15th June 2021

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1 Reshoun 66/1
2 M C Muldoon 11/2
3 Elysian Flame 16/1
4 Golden Rules 12/1
19 ran NR: Trumpet Man
Distances: shd, 1¾l, nk Time: 4m 23.41s (slow by 1.91s)

The longest race of the day provided the closest finish yet, as 66/1 outsider Reshoun won the two and a half-mile Ascot Handicap by a fast-diminishing short-head.
 
Winning rider William Buick – who was recording his 26th Royal Ascot victory – just held off the Ryan Moore/Willie Mullins combination of M C Muldoon, with Elysian Flame a further length and three quarters back in third. Golden Rules finished fourth.
 
Seven-year-old Reshoun – owned by Dr Marwan Koukash – was giving his trainer Ian Williams a second victory in this long-distance handicap, following the win of The Grand Visir in 2019.
 
Williams said: “The secret to this horse today was that William got him out of stalls. He has forfeited so many chances in races. In the Chester Cup he ran a great race, but he was slowly away and it's impossible when you're lacking a bit of pace to catch up that quickly. 
 
“The boys at home have been working with him, and I couldn't believe today that he was out as sharp and in front in the first furlong. It was a good place to have him, but then it was whether or not he stayed. When he just got taken off his feet a bit turning in, I thought he wasn’t staying, so I thought, that’s it, and turned my attention to Mancini, and when I looked back for him, I couldn’t actually believe he was plugging away there, and he stayed very strongly to the line.
 
“I was celebrating winning but wasn’t sure I had! It was good; it’s good to have people here to enjoy it with, and it’s a fantastic result. The owner [Dr Marwan Koukash] - I can imagine the noise in Liverpool this afternoon. He’ll be very disappointed it wasn’t at Chester, but I don’t think Royal Ascot’s ever going to be at Chester. This horse has done him proud, and he has done me proud.
 
“We got a great team at home. I am extremely lucky to have been given probably one of the nicest places in the country to train from by my friend and landlord, Pat Kelly. It all comes together on days like this and makes every moment worthwhile.”
 
Buick said: “He jumped well, which he hasn't really done in the past, and I was never in any fear of him running a bit too keen as he gets in that lovely staying rhythm. We ended up in a good spot and I wasn't going to change anything.
 
“The pace was about a two-and-a-half-mile pace. We were going a sensible pace; we certainly weren't going too quick.
 
“He always kept finding. I felt in the finish that he was just pulling out that little bit more - when the second horse came to me, he just found a bit more.
 
“It’s a little bit of a surprise but, at the same time, Ian has a great record with these stayers and every time I’m on one for him, it's always respected. He didn't look at 66/1 show in the paddock - the horse didn’t know his price at the end of the day, it's one of those races where it's an extreme distance for Flat horses so it's hard to really get a get a proper true gauge on it. 
 
“I was confident he would stay, we had a nice run through, and we had a good draw, which I think is under played a little bit in these long races. I think a good draw is important as it makes your life a little easier. He had that, which was great, and it’s great to get off the mark.”

Ascot Stakes Handicap
£65,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 3f 210y, Class 2
19 ran
Going: Good to Firm

POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (3)     Reshoun 7 9-7 Ian Williams William Buick 66/1
2 (10)
shd M C Muldoon 6 9-6 W P Mullins Ryan Moore 11/2
3 (4)
Elysian Flame 5 9-6 1 Michael & David Easterby Ben Curtis 16/1
4 (11)
nk Golden Rules 4 9-2 John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori 12/1
5 (6)
Cape Gentleman 5 9-10 Emmet Mullins 5/2F
6 (5)
¾ Coeur De Lion 8 9-4 Alan King Thore Hammer Hansen 22/1
7 (15)
Postileo 4 9-3 Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni 14/1
8 (1)
nk Untold Story 4 9-4 Saeed bin Suroor Oisin Murphy 16/1
9 (12)
½ Island Brave 7 9-10 Heather Main Callum Hutchinson 125/1
10 (13)
nk Dalton Highway 8 9-1 D K Weld Colin Keane 28/1
11 (19)
nk Just Hubert 5 9-2 William Muir & Chris Grassick Daniel Tudhope 13/2
12 (9)
nk Rayapour 5 9-7 2 W P Mullins Adam Kirby 14/1
13 (8)
Royal Illusion 9 9-4 W P Mullins Tom Marquand 14/1
14 (18)
Mancini 7 9-3 Ian Williams Richard Kingscote 125/1
15 (14)
1 Lostwithiel 4 9-5 George Boughey Hollie Doyle 20/1
16 (16)
4 Lucky Deal 6 9-10 Mark Johnston Franny Norton 28/1
17 (17)
Rochester House 5 9-3 Mark Johnston Silvestre De Sousa 10/1
18 (7)
nk Lethal Steps 6 9-9 2 Mrs Denise Foster Jamie Spencer 100/1
19 (20)
23 Solo Saxophone 7 9-7 Ben Haslam Paul Mulrennan 66/1
NR 9 (2) Trumpet Man 4 9-6 Mark Johnston NON RUNNER

ASCOT HANDICAP WINNERS

YR/DATE WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER AGE/WGT SP

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
2018 LAGOSTOVEGAS Willie Mullins IRE Andrea Atzeni John Donohue 6-9-03 10/1
2017 THOMAS HOBSON Willie Mullins IRE Ryan Moore Susannah Ricci 7-9-10 4/1F
2016 JENNIES JEWEL Jarlath Farley IRE Ronan Whelan Andrew McIntyre 9-9-03 6/1
2015 CLONDAW WARRIOR Willie Mullins IRE Ryan Moore Act D Wagg Syndicate 8-9-00 5/1F
2014 DOMINATION Charles Byrnes IRE Fran Berry Carol Cleary 7-9-07 12/1
2013 WELL SHARP Jonjo O’Neill Fran Berry J P McManus 5-9-10 9/1
2012 SIMENON Willie Mullins IRE Ryan Moore Wicklow Bloodstock Limited 5-9-10 8/1
2011 VEILED Nicky Henderson Eddie Ahern Pump & Plant Services Ltd 5-9-03 11/2
2010 JUNIOR David Pipe Seb Sanders Middleham Park Racing LI 7-9-00 17/2
2009 JUDGETHEMOMENT Jane Chapple-Hyam Richard Hughes Gordon Li 4-9-05 13/2
2008 MISSOULA Suzy Smith Sam Hitchcott M Weaver & Pollards Bloodstock 5-9-00 20/1
2007 FULL HOUSE Paul Webber Jimmy Fortune Chamberlain Addiscott Partnership 8-9-01 20/1
2006 BADDAM Mick Channon Ian Mongan Noel Martin 4-9-02 33/1
*2005 LEG SPINNER Tony Martin IRE Fran Berry Bill Moffett 4-8-12 9/1
2004 DOUBLE OBSESSION Mark Johnston John Egan Ron Huggins, R B Huckerby, Atlantic Racing 4-9-02 25/1
2003 SINDAPOUR Martin Pipe Martin Dwyer Mary Burke 5-8-03 12/1
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
1998 SAN SEBASTIAN Michael Grassick IRE Eddie Ahern Ricardo Sanz 4-9-05 16/1
1997 SEA FREEDOM Toby Balding Steve Drowne Bridget Swire 6-8-03 20/1
1996 SOUTHERN POWER Reg Akehurst Olivier Peslier Lucayan Stud 5-9-07 25/1
1995 HARLESTONE BROOK John Dunlop Michael Kinane John Dunlop 5-9-08 6/1
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
1989 ARIZELOS Guy Harwood Steve Cauthen Athos Christodoulou 4-10-00 4/1F
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
1984 KAYUDEE Jimmy FitzGerald Tony Murray Kenton Utilities & Developments 4-8-09 11/2
1983 RIGHT REGENT Martin Pipe Steve Cauthen S Hindle 5-8-08 6/1
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
1977 MATINALE Barry Hills Ernie Johnson Mrs Olga Thurston 4-7-08 7/1

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