Jersey Stakes
Group 3, Ascot 15:05
£110,000 guaranteed,
7f, Class 1   
Saturday 24th June 2023


1 Age Of Kings 22/1
2 Zoology 22/1
3 Streets Of Gold 28/1
15 ran Distances: 1l, nk, nk
Time: 1m 26.93s (slow by 1.23s

Age Of Kings looked the Aidan O’Brien second string on jockey bookings but the 22/1 shot proved himself to be much more than that.

Having only beaten one home on his return in the Irish 2,000 Guineas last month, the son of Kingman was a different proposition under Wayne Lordan as he stayed on bravely to score by a length. Zoology and Streets Of Gold filled the places in a bunch for the minor honours.

It was a fourth winner of the week for O’Brien, who moved ahead of John & Thady Gosden in the race for the Royal Ascot Leading Trainer award by virtue of more seconds.

O’Brien said: “Age Of Kings tries hard. Wayne kept it uncomplicated and said he'd get a mile if we wanted. The Guineas was only his first run of the year, it was a very good run, and he came forward from that. 

"We've had lots of placed horses [this week] and it is hard to have winners. I am so delighted for the lads. We came here for many years without having winners so we know what it is like.”

Lordan said: “Age Of Kings had good runs last year, then had a bit of a setback and his first run back this year was in the Irish Guineas. He finished eight lengths behind Paddington and obviously improved for it. He's a very straightforward horse who gets a mile well, so I just kept it simple. It is a track that you can jump [from the stalls] and go forward and keep going forward, and that's exactly what he did.

"At two he had a few runs and maybe got a bit weak, but he's come back and he's stepped forward nicely, even in his work. Aidan likes to throw plenty at it [O'Brien also ran The Antarctic, finished 13th] and I'm glad I was on this fella. I'll take a Royal Ascot winner any day.”

James Ferguson said of Zoology: “It was a super run. They went very hard and, in the mid-stage of the race, you just think he’s struggling to keep up, but they’ve all come back and he’s stayed on very well. It’s a tough race this, and the fast ground certainly suited him. 

“He is a horse that was massively overpriced. He has done absolutely nothing wrong and ran a super race in the Greenham when he obviously didn’t like the ground. Back on a sounder surface, he’s run an absolute belter of a race and I’ve got very high hopes for this horse. I think he could be a superstar.”


On where the horse may go now, he added: “I think I’ll get home and work that out a bit later, because now it looks like we are going to be stepping up to a mile, which I probably didn’t think about before the race. It’s a nice problem to have.”

Oisin Murphy added: “Zoology got away well, travelled super behind Covey and the winner, and he stayed on very well to the line. It is likely we will go up to a mile now. That was a career-best by a long way, so I am very pleased.”

Streets Of Gold’s trainer Eve Johnson Houghton said: “He ran a blinder, I am absolutely thrilled with him. That’s probably the hardest race he has run in and, on Timeform figures, that’s probably the highest he’s ever run to. He is in the Bunbury Cup, we might go there or we might try to find an easy race to win – we will see.”

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Jersey Stakes
£110,000 guaranteed, 3yo only, 7f, Class 1
15 ran
Going: Good to Firm

1 (8)    Age Of Kings 3 9-3 A P O'Brien Wayne Lordan 22/1
2 (7)
1 Zoology 3 9-3 James Ferguson Oisin Murphy 22/1
3 (3)
nk Streets Of Gold 3 9-3 Eve Johnson Houghton Charles Bishop 28/1
4 (2)
nk Holloway Boy 3 9-3 K R Burke Clifford Lee 7/1
5 (15)
hd Olivia Maralda 3 9-0 Roger Varian Kevin Stott 5/1
6 (1)
Holguin 3 9-3 Andrew Balding David Probert 33/1
7 (4)
hd Flight Plan 4 3 9-3 K R Burke Daniel Tudhope 28/1
8 (5)
shd Thunderbear 3 9-3 Jack W Davison Jamie Spencer 50/1
9 (11)
Covey 3 9-3 John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori 11/4F
10 (6)
¾ Alexander John 3 9-3 Luke Comer Tom Marquand 100/1
11 (9)
nk Enfjaar 3 9-3 Roger Varian Jim Crowley 13/2
12 (13) Mysterious Night 3 9-8 Charlie Appleby William Buick 18/1
13 (14)
The Antarctic 3 9-6 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 9/2
14 (10)
12 Empty Metaphor 3 9-3 Mohammed Bin Hamad Khalifa Al Attiyah Hollie Doyle 100/1
15 (12)
shd Quar Shamar 3 9-3 Mrs John Harrington Ronan Whelan 14/1

Trainers Quotes



2022 NOBLE TRUTH Charlie Appleby William Buick Godolphin 3 9-03 4/1F
2021 CREATIVE FORCE Charlie Appleby James Doyle Godolphin 3-9-01 5/1J
2020 MOLATHAM Roger Varian Jim Crowley Hamdan Al Maktoum 3-9-01 11/2
2019 SPACE TRAVELLER Richard Fahey Danny Tudhope Clipper Logistics 3-9-01 25/1
2018 EXPERT EYE Sir Michael Stoute James McDonald Khalid Abdullah 3-9-01 8/1
2017 3 LE BRIVIDO Andre Fabre FR Pierre-Charles Boudot HRH Prince Faisal bin Khaled 3-9-01 2/1F
2016 3 RIBCHESTER Richard Fahey William Buick Godolphin 3-9-06 7/1
2015 3 DUTCH CONNECTION Charlie Hills Jim Crowley Susan Roy/Cheveley Park Stud 3-9-04 14/1
2014 3 MUSTAJEEB Dermot Weld IRE Pat Smullen Hamdan Al Maktoum 3-9-04 9/2JF
2013 3 GALE FORCE TEN Aidan O’Brien IRE Joseph O’Brien Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier 3-8-12 9/2F
2012 3 ISHVANA Aidan O’Brien IRE Seamie Heffernan Annemarie O’Brien 3-8-12 20/1
2011 3 STRONG SUIT Richard Hannon snr Richard Hughes Julie Wood 3-9-06 11/1
2010 3 RAINFALL Mark Johnston Ryan Moore Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 3-8-12 8/1
2009 3 OUQBA Barry Hills Tadhg O’Shea Hamdan Al Maktoum 3-9-01 12/1
2008 3 AQLAAM William Haggas Richard Hills Hamdan Al Maktoum 3-9-01 13/2
2007 3 TARIQ Peter Chapple-Hyam Jimmy Fortune Saleh Al Homaizi/Imad Al Sagar 3-9-01 15/2
2006 3 JEREMY Sir Michael Stoute Mick Kinane Betty Moran 3-9-01 9/2
*2005 3 PROCLAMATION Jeremy Noseda Johnny Murtagh Abdullah Saeed Belhab 3-8-13 7/1
2004 3 KHELEYF Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 3-8-10 6/1
2003 3 MEMBERSHIP Clive Brittain Gary Stevens Saeed Manana 3-8-10 20/1
2002 3 JUST JAMES Jeremy Noseda Olivier Peslier Lucayan Stud 3-8-11 20/1
2001 3 MOZART Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier 3-8-11 7/4F
2000 3 OBSERVATORY John Gosden Kevin Darley Khalid Abdullah 3-8-11 11/2
1999 3 LOTS OF MAGIC Richard Hannon snr Dane O’Neill Peter Valentine 3-8-11 33/1
1998 3 DIKTAT David Loder Darryll Holland Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-10 3/1F
1997 3 AMONG MEN Michael Stoute Michael Kinane Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier 3-8-13 4/1F
1996 3 LUCAYAN PRINCE David Loder Richard Hughes Lucayan Stud 3-8-10 50/1
1995 3 SERGEYEV Richard Hannon snr Richard Hughes Brian Stewart-Brown 3-8-10 5/1F
1994 3 DH GNEISS= Julie Cecil Paul Eddery Matthew Oram 3-8-10 10/1
3 DH RIVER DEEP= Paul Cole Richard Quinn Fahd Salman 3-8-10 20/1
1993 3 ARDKINGLASS Henry Cecil Willie Ryan Sir David Wills 3-9-01 10/1
1992 3 PRINCE FERDINAND Matt McCormack John Reid Jill Winch 3-9-01 6/1
1991 3 SATIN FLOWER John Gosden Steve Cauthen Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-07 12/1
1990 3 SALLY ROUS Geoff Wragg Gary Carter Sir Philip Oppenheimer 3-8-07 20/1
1989 3 ZILZAL Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn Mana Al Maktoum 3-8-10 10/11F
1988 3 INDIAN RIDGE David Elsworth Cash Asmussen Anne Coughlan 3-8-10 10/1
1987 3 MIDYAN Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Prince A A Faisal 3-9-01 11/2
1986 3 CLIVEDEN Guy Harwood Greville Starkey Anthony Speelman 3-8-10 9/1
1985 3 PENNINE WALK Jeremy Tree Pat Eddery Stavros Niarchos 3-8-10 9/2F
1984 3 MISS SILCA KEY David Elsworth Brian Rouse E Aldridge & Son (Locksmiths) 3-8-07 15/1
1983 3 TECORNO Dick Hern Willie Carson Countess M Esterhazy 3-8-06 8/1
1982 3 MERLINS CHARM Barry Hills Steve Cauthen Robert Sangster 3-8-07 9/1
1981 3 RASA PENANG Robert Armstrong Lester Piggott U Wijewardene 3-8-10 11/1
1980 3 HARD FOUGHT Michael Stoute Lester Piggott Brook Holliday 3-9-02 15/8F
1979/ 3 BLUE REFRAIN John Benstead Brian Rouse Mrs L Wood 3-9-02 12/1
1978 3 CAMDEN TOWN Peter Walwyn Pat Eddery Sir Jules Thorn 3-8-10 4/1F
1977 3 ETIENNE GERARD Michael Stoute Paul Cook P Philipps 3-8-10 25/1
*run at York