King Edward VII Stakes
MansionBet
Group 2, Ascot 15:05
£160,000 added,
3yo only,
1m 3f 233y, Class 1   
Friday 18th June 2021

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1 Alenquer 13/8F
2 Tasman Bay 10/1
3 Title 5/1
6 ran NR: Gloucestershire, Yibir
Distances: 1½l, 2½l, ¾l Time: 2m 41.31s (slow by 12.21s)

Alenquer rewarded favourite backers who took odds of 13/8 when winning decisively under jockey Tom Marquand. 
 
The 12-furlong contest for three-year-old colts and geldings is often referred to as the ‘Ascot Derby’, and Alenquer beat Derby winner Adayar at Sandown Park earlier this season before having his Epsom ambitions halted by a minor hold-up.
 
This was a second winner of the week for trainer William Haggas, following Mohaafeth in the G3 Hampton Court Stakes, while Marquand was enjoying a second career success at Royal Ascot after breaking his duck in 2020.

Trainers Quotes

Maureen Haggas, wife and assistant to William, said: “Alenquer is turning into a really nice horse. He didn’t do much wrong last year, but he was probably a bit immature still. He surprised us a little bit at Sandown - the manner in which he won - but he’s more grown up this year. He’s a bit of a boy at home, but at the races this year he’s been really professional and focused, and he’s definitely going the right way.
 
“I think he was a bit fresh though, a little bit keen the first furlong, but once Tom had him in behind and settled, he was great. He could easily be a St Leger horse, but it's hard to know really. He wasn't stopping here, so I think we will just see how it goes.
 
“We can’t control the weather - we just have to get on with it. If it suits, it suits, and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. To be honest, today, we didn’t know whether it would suit or not, but this horse is German and German horses often go in the slow ground, so we thought we’d give it a go and find out. I think he is pretty versatile - just a thoroughly nice, tough, genuine horse and a good guy to have around. He’s got a pretty good action on him and stayed well today - I wouldn’t say he was ground-dependent.”
 
Marquand said: “There was expectation rather than pressure from everyone coming into this race. He had a subsequent Derby winner behind him last time out and clearly has a high level of ability. William's patience was shown to be an absolute virtue with Mohaafeth coming out of the Derby at the 11th hour, and I think it shows the wisdom that he brings is always king. 
 
“It was a shame Alenquer never really got his fair crack after that Sandown Trial win. He just had a couple of little issues and it just set him back a touch. Obviously, being supplemented for the Derby when you don't have the opportunity of a smooth preparation is tough to do. 
 
“I was a tiny bit cautious about them letting Silvestre [De Sousa] get a free rein on Belloccio, who is a mud lover. On this ground, saving energy is key and I was really happy with him on the way round. With the rails the way they were, it actually helped closing and the ground opened beautifully at the three-furlong pole. I had plenty of horse to go, and Alenquer made my life easy relaxing like that.
 
“Riding for William and Maureen, everyone does such a great job at Somerville Lodge. Jason at home rides him every day and wrestles with him when he is fresh and well. I have loved being part of the team for the last 18 months.
 
“I don't care about the weather. Winning is winning and Royal Ascot is Royal Ascot. It's great to have another winner here.”
 
Sir Mark Todd said of runner-up Tasman Bay: “That was a super run. He is such a lovely horse - he is huge, with a massive stride. He is lovely to ride. I thought we had it there for a minute! 
 
“He just got a bit keen early on but, when he kicked, I thought he might have had it, but the other horse just came at him. He is a beautiful mover and seems to act on anything.”

King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
£160,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 3f 211y, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Heavy

POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (3)     Alenquer 3 9-0 William Haggas Tom Marquand 13/8F
2 (8)
Tasman Bay 3 9-0 Sir Mark Todd David Probert 10/1
3 (4)
Title 3 9-0 Roger Varian David Egan 5/1
4 (7)
¾ The Mediterranean 3 9-0 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 9/2
5 (1) shd Gear Up 3 9-3 Mark Johnston James Doyle 9/1
6 (2)
¾ Belloccio 3 9-0 David Menuisier Silvestre De Sousa 5/1
NR 4 (5) Gloucestershire 3 9-0 Martyn Meade NON RUNNER
NR 8 (6) Yibir 3 9-0 Charlie Appleby NON RUNNER

KING EDWARD VII STAKES WINNERS

YR/DATE GR WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER AGE/WGT SP

2020 2 PYLEDRIVER William Muir Martin Dwyer Knox & Wells Limited and R Devlin 3-9-00 18/1
2019 2 JAPAN Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor 3-9-00 6/4F
2018 2 OLD PERSIAN Charlie Appleby William Buick Godolphin 3-9-00 9/2
2017 2 PERMIAN Mark Johnston William Buick Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 3-9-00 6/1
2016 2 ACROSS THE STARS Sir Michael Stoute Frankie Dettori Saeed Suhail 3-9-00 7/1
2015 2 BALIOS David Simcock Jamie Spencer Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd 3-9-00 3/1
2014 2 EAGLE TOP John Gosden William Buick Lady Bamford 3-9-00 12/1
2013 2 HILLSTAR Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore Sir Evelyn De Rothschild 3-8-12 15/2
2012 2 THOMAS CHIPPENDALE Sir Henry Cecil Johnny Murtagh Sir Robert Ogden 3-8-12 9/2
2011 2 NATHANIEL John Gosden William Buick Lady Rothschild 3-8-12 11/4F
2010 2 MONTEROSSO Mark Johnston Frankie Dettori Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 3-8-12 7/2
2009 2 FATHER TIME Henry Cecil Eddie Ahern Khalid Abdullah 3-8-12 9/1
2008 2 CAMPANOLOGIST Saeed Bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 3-8-12 9/1
2007 2 BOSCOBEL Mark Johnston Joe Fanning Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-12 7/1
06/23/06 2 PAPAL BULL Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor 3-8-12 5/4F
*05/17/06 2 PLEA BARGAIN John Gosden Jimmy Fortune Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-11 9/2
04/18/06 2 FIVE DYNASTIES Aidan O’Brien IRE Jamie Spencer Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor 3-8-11 11/4F
03/20/06 2 HIGH ACCOLADE Marcus Tregoning Martin Dwyer Lady Tennant 3-8-11 5/2F
02/21/06 2 BALAKHERI Sir Michael Stoute Johnny Murtagh H H Aga Khan 3-8-10 11/4F
01/22/06 2 STORMING HOME Barry Hills Michael Hills Maktoum Al Maktoum 3-8-08 9/2
00/23/06 2 SUBTLE POWER Henry Cecil Richard Quinn Thoroughbred Corporation 3-8-08 7/4F
99/18/06 2 MUTAFAWEQ Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 3-8-08 4/1F
98/19/06 2 ROYAL ANTHEM Henry Cecil Kieren Fallon Thoroughbred Corporation 3-8-08 9/4F
97/20/06 2 KINGFISHER MILL Julie Cecil Pat Eddery Lord Howard de Walden 3-8-08 9/4F
96/21/06 2 AMFORTAS Clive Brittain Brett Doyle Brian Voak 3-8-08 66/1
95/23/06 2 PENTIRE Geoff Wragg Michael Hills Mollers Racing 3-8-08 4/1
94/14/06 2 FOYER Michael Stoute Michael Kinane Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-08 7/2
93/15/06 2 BENEFICIAL Geoff Wragg Michael Hills Exors of late Sir Robin McAlpine 3-8-08 11/4F
92/16/06 2 BEYTON Richard Hannon snr Michael Kinane David Cock 3-8-08 12/1
91/18/06 2 SADDLERS’ HALL Michael Stoute Lester Piggott Lord Weinstock 3-8-08 7/1
90/19/06 2 PRIVATE TENDER Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Cliveden Stud 3-8-08 11/4F
89/20/06 2 CACOETHES Guy Harwood Pat Eddery Lady Harrison 3-8-08 8/13F
88/14/06 2 SHERIFF’S STAR Lady Herries Tony Ives Lavinia Duchess of Norfolk 3-8-08 9/2
87/16/06 2 LOVE THE GROOM John Dunlop Pat Eddery Mrs V Gaucci del Bono 3-8-08 7/1
86/17/06 2 BONHOMIE Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-08 9/4F
85/20/06 2 LANFRANCO Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Charles St George 3-8-06 13/8F
84/21/06 2 HEAD FOR HEIGHTS Dick Hern Willie Carson Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-06 5/1
83/16/06 2 SHAREEF DANCER Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn Maktoum Al Maktoum 3-8-06 10/1
82/17/06 2 OPEN DAY Dick Hern Willie Carson Sir Michael Sobell 3-8-06 9/1
81/18/06 2 BUSTOMI Dick Hern Willie Carson Lady Beaverbrook 3-8-06 13/2
80/19/06 2 LIGHT CAVALRY Henry Cecil Joe Mercer Jim Joel 3-8-06 9/2
79/21/06 2 ELA-MANA-MOU Guy Harwood Greville Starkey Mrs Andry Muinos 3-8-06 11/10F
78/22/06 2 ILE DE BOURBON Fulke Johnson Houghton John Reid David McCall 3-8-06 11/1
77/16/06 2 CLASSIC EXAMPLE Peter Walwyn Pat Eddery Col Roger Hue-Williams 3-8-10 14/1
*run at York