Chesham Stakes
Listed, Ascot 14:30
£100,000 guaranteed,
2yo only,
7f, Class 1   
Saturday 24th June 2023


1 Snellen 12/1
2 Pearls And Rubies 7/4F
3 Golden Mind 12/1
3 Oddyssey 125/1
16 ran NR: Quatre Bras Distances: hd, ½l, dht
Time: 1m 29.36s (slow by 3.66s)

Trainer Gavin Cromwell and jockey Gary Carroll combined successfully for the second time at Royal Ascot with Snellen, following Quick Suzy’s win in the 2021 Queen Mary Stakes.

A debut winner at Limerick 10 days ago, Snellen led on the stands’ side entering the final furlong and had to repel the challenge of  7/4 favourite Pearls And Rubies, who got rolling down the centre of the track.

Both fillies were wayward towards the finish, with a head separating them at the line. There was a dead-heat for third between Golden Mind and Oddyssey. 

Carroll said: “I thought I was beaten to be honest. I thought we would all be staying stands' side, but the fancied horses all ended up further away from me. The last half furlong was a very long half furlong for me – she was looking for company and started to lean a bit, but she's a very good filly.

“She is a little bit weak and was getting a little lonely when she started rolling. I tried to correct her in Limerick when she went like that and lost momentum. So I was going forwards and thought, ‘keep going’, and thankfully I hung on.

“She is only after coming to herself in the last month. We were going to run her in this race first time out but, after running in a barrier trial, the Limerick race presented itself and seemed an ideal starting point. She was very green that day so I'm glad we gave her that run.

“Gavin Cromwell is doing some job with these horses, without a doubt. Whether it’s three miles or five furlongs, he gets the best out of everything. But Gavin, all he wants to do is improve, there are no airs or graces. He said he went down and spent a day with Joseph O’Brien, and last year he spent a day with Paddy Twomey, just to try and pick up something. His results are showing.

"[At Royal Ascot] when you get inside the three-furlong pole, there's an energy which comes at you – it gets me going, anyway.”

Trainers Quotes

Cromwell said: “Snellen won a barrier trial before Limerick. She has been nice from the word go and is progressing. I think she’s going to improve as well.

On whether he has a proper Classic contender on his hands, he said: “I haven’t even thought about it to be honest. We will enjoy today – it’s fantastic.”

Richard Henry, husband of co-owner Roisin Henry, said of Pearls And Rubies: “She went to win her race, and maybe got a bit lonely on her own. She has run a great race and will come on for the run. She is a sweet filly. Ryan [Moore] thinks she could be very good.”

Odyssey’s trainer Patrick Owens said: “This is just unbelievable. I have had a lot of faith in this horse – we've only been beaten three and a bit lengths. We were completely overlooked!

"I am so proud of him. I have had faith in this horse since we got him. I gave him a couple of easy breezes in February, and then turned him away for two weeks.

"We had a line through a few of these runners. I was happy with the draw, happy with the ground, we had Jim [Crowley] on board, brilliant. Jim has done a fantastic job.”

Cleeve Racing £10 trial offer

Chesham Stakes
£100,000 guaranteed, 2yo only, 7f, Class 1
16 ran
Going: Good to Firm

1 (13)    Snellen 2 9-0 Gavin Cromwell Gary Carroll 12/1
2 (7)
hd Pearls And Rubies 2 9-0 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 7/4F
3 (15)
½ Golden Mind 2 9-5 Richard Fahey Oisin Orr 12/1
3 (5)
dht Oddyssey 2 9-5 Patrick Owens Jim Crowley 125/1
5 (4)
½ Hot Fuss 2 9-5 Tom Dascombe Richard Kingscote 50/1
6 (11)
1 Carolina Reaper 2 9-0 Charlie Johnston Jason Hart 25/1
7 (2)
hd Nemonte 2 9-0 Joseph O'Brien Mikey Sheehy 20/1
8 (1)
nk Dallas Star 2 9-5 Dominic Ffrench Davis Rowan Scott 80/1
9 (8)
hd Warnie 2 9-5 Joseph O'Brien James McDonald 40/1
10 (10)
½ Sayedaty Sadaty 2 9-5 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 16/1
11 (14)
shd Matnookh 2 9-5 Richard Fahey William Buick 14/1
12 (3)
2 Maymay 2 9-0 Kevin Philippart De Foy Benoit De La Sayette 80/1
13 (16)
Content 2 9-0 A P O'Brien Wayne Lordan 5/1
14 (9)
shd Lightning Leo 2 9-5 Archie Watson Hollie Doyle 17/2
15 (12) ¾ Count Palatine 2 9-5 Brian Meehan Sean Levey 28/1
16 (17)
La Guarida 2 9-0 Richard Hannon Kevin Stott 15/2
NR 8 (6) Quatre Bras 2 9-5 Jane Chapple-Hyam NON RUNNER




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2020 BATTLEGROUND Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier 2-9-03 11/4F
2019 PINATUBO Charlie Appleby James Doyle Godolphin 2-9-03 3/1
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2016 CHURCHILL Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier 2-9-03 8/11F
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2014 RICHARD PANKHURST John Gosden William Buick Rachel Hood 2-9-03 10/1
2013 BERKSHIRE Paul Cole Jim Crowley HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah 2-9-03 16/1
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10/19/06 ZAIDAN Clive Brittain Seb Sanders Saeed Manana 2-9-03 7/1
09/20/06 BIG AUDIO Richard Hannon snr Richard Hughes Michael Pescod 2-9-03 22/1
08/21/06 FREE AGENT Richard Hannon snr Richard Hughes H M The Queen 2-9-03 7/2JF
07/23/06 MAZE Bryan Smart Royston Ffrench Pinnacle Dr Fong Partnership 2-9-03 11/2
06/24/06 CHAMPLAIN Michael Jarvis Philip Robinson Sheikh Mohammed 2-9-03 7/2
*05/14/06 CHAMPIONSHIP POINT Mick Channon Ted Durcan John Livock Bloodstock Ltd 2-9-00 4/1
04/19/06 WHAZZAT Barry Hills Michael Hills Bill Gredley 2-8-07 7/1
03/18/06 PEARL OF LOVE Mark Johnston Darryll Holland Mick Doyle 2-9-00 11/10F
02/19/06 HELM BANK Mark Johnston Keith Dalgleish Gary & Lesley Middlebrook 2-9-00 25/1
01/20/06 SEBA David Loder Frankie Dettori Sheikh Mohammed 2-8-09 3/1F
00/21/06 CELTIC SILENCE Mark Johnston Kieren Fallon Peter Savill 2-8-12 15/8F
99/17/06 BACH Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane Satish Sanan and Sue Magnier 2-8-12 5/2
98/18/06 RHAPSODIST John Gosden Frankie Dettori Sheikh Mohammed 2-8-12 6/1
97/19/06 CENTRAL PARK Paul Cole Frankie Dettori Fahd Salman 2-9-00 7/1
96/20/06 SHAMIKH Saeed bin Suroor Richard Hills Hamdan Al Maktoum 2-8-12 8/1
95/22/06 WORLD PREMIER Clive Brittain Brett Doyle Maureen Brittain 2-9-02 6/1
94/16/06 MONTJOY Paul Cole Richard Quinn Sir George Meyrick 2-8-12 5/1
93/17/06 STATE PERFORMER Peter Chapple-Hyam John Reid Robert Sangster 2-9-00 8/13F
92/18/06 HUMAM Tom Jones Richard Hills Hamdan Al Maktoum 2-8-12 2/1F
91/20/06 FAIR COP Paul Cole Alan Munro Fahd Salman 2-8-12 7/2JF
90/21/06 CHICARICA John Gosden Pat Eddery Sheikh Mohammed 2-8-07 10/11F
89/22/06 BE MY CHIEF Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Peter Burrell 2-8-12 2/5F
88/16/06 JACAMAR Ben Hanbury Bruce Raymond Omar Zawawi 2-8-12 50/1
87/18/06 LAPIERRE Clive Brittain Steve Cauthen Mrs J M Khan 2-8-12 9/1
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