Norfolk Stakes
MansionBet
Group 2, Ascot 14:30
£80,000 added,
2yo only,
5f, Class 1   
Thursday 17th June 2021

1 Perfect Power 14/1
2 Go Bears Go 6/1
3 Project Dante 6/1
15 ran NR: Instinctive Move (withdrawn, upset in stalls)
Distances: hd, nse, ½l Time: 1m 0.44s (slow by 1.04s)

Jockey Paul Hanagan timed a late charge to perfection when winning on Perfect Power, the opening contest on day three of Royal Ascot.
 
Protagonists in this five-furlong dash for two-year-olds were spread across the width of the track, but it was the Richard Fahey-trained Perfect Power who burst from the pack down the stands’ side to prevail. 
 
Go Bears Go was beaten a head racing on the far side, with Project Dante a nose behind in third on the stands’ side rail.
 
Victory gave Hanagan a fifth Royal Ascot success, and first since 2015, while Fahey was scoring for the eighth time at the meeting.
 
Hanagan, who returned from a broken back in August, said: “I don't usually get emotional, but I’m probably lucky to be here at all after the accident. It's an amazing feeling just to even get back here, never mind a winner at Royal Ascot. I am pretty lost for words.

Trainers Quotes

“I actually fractured my back in three places in a fall at Newcastle, and it was just touch and go whether I was going to be back. I owe so much to a lot of people - the Injured Jockeys Fund, Jack Berry House in Malton, my family and friends, and obviously Richard Fahey, who has been amazing, Richard Hale and just everyone at the yard.
 
“The period after my accident was a very character building few months. The accident was a pretty bad one and I’m lucky to be here at all, let alone riding winners, and I’m so grateful. I just appreciated I had a second chance, and I took it with both hands. This is what it’s all about - what the comeback means. This tops the lot. It’s so nice to see the crowd back, and what a buzz that was, when I eventually found out I’d won - the cheer of the crowd was something special.”
 
He added: “The race itself - they went quite hard and I just had to sit and suffer on him. I’m glad I did, because he didn’t half power home and really ran through the line. I must have passed about 10 jockeys pulling up who [thought they] had won, and I wasn’t quite sure because it was so far away the other side. I think the way I finished the race I had every chance, because he really powered home.
 
“You couldn't really get a horse with a better attitude. He takes it all in and has a great temperament. I think that’s what got him beat first time, because we were all expecting him to win. First day at school - I think he just had a bit of stage fright, but he’s come out of that race so well, and as we saw at Hamilton, that race brought him on again.”

Trainers Quotes

Fahey said: “The Norfolk Stakes has been a bogey race for me. I have been second in it a few times and as they flashed past I thought we got beat. I'm just glad we got there. I got emotional for a couple of seconds, I'm getting soft in my old age.
 
“It's a fantastic result. Me and Paul have been together for such a long time. He left us for around 18 months, but it's been such a long relationship and it's great to have another Royal Ascot winner together.
 
“We were very sweet on Perfect Power. We haven't had him very long and he missed the kick first time out when third and that probably helped us. He won well at Hamilton and we were quietly confident coming here.
 
“We discussed going up to six furlongs but after chatting it through with the team, we came here. He was bought to win a Norfolk and it's great when a plan comes together.”

Norfolk Stakes
£80,000 added, 2yo only, 5f, Class 1
15 ran
Going: Good to Firm

POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (10)    Perfect Power 2 9-1 Richard Fahey Paul Hanagan 14/1
2 (5)
hd Go Bears Go 2 9-1 David Loughnane Silvestre De Sousa 6/1
3 (16)
nse Project Dante 2 9-1 Bryan Smart Graham Lee 6/1
4 (2)
½ Cadamosto 2 9-1 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 5/1F
5 (11)
nk Lucci 2 9-1 Wesley A Ward John R Velazquez 7/1
6 (13)
shd Khunan 2 9-1 Richard Fahey Daniel Tudhope 16/1
7 (9)
Twilight Jet 2 9-1 M D O'Callaghan Leigh Roche 25/1
8 (4)
Nakatomi 2 9-1 Wesley A Ward Oisin Murphy 14/1
9 (6)
nk Korker 2 9-1 K R Burke Clifford Lee 18/1
10 (14) shd Andreas Vesalius 2 9-1 Joseph O'Brien Shane Crosse 40/1
11 (3)
nk Navello 2 9-1 George Boughey Nicola Currie 22/1
12 (15)
Second Wind 2 9-1 William Haggas Tom Marquand 11/1
13 (12)
Little Earl 2 9-1 Robert Cowell Ray Dawson 50/1
14 (7)
3 King Of Speed 2 9-1 Robert Cowell Hollie Doyle 50/1
15 (1)
Straits Of Moyle 2 9-1 Richard Fahey Luke Morris 150/1
NR 4 (8) Instinctive Move 2 9-1 Clive Cox NON RUNNER

NORFOLK STAKES WINNERS

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

20/19/06 2 THE LIR JET Michael Bell Oisin Murphy Qatar Racing Ltd 2-9-01 9/2
19/20/06 2 A'ALI Simon Crisford Frankie Dettori Shaikh Duaij Al Khalifa 2-9-01 5/1
18/21/06 2 SHANG SHANG SHANG Wesley Ward USA Joel Rosario Breeze Easy LLC 2-8-12 5/1
17/22/06 2 SIOUX NATION Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier 2-9-01 14/1
16/16/06 2 PRINCE OF LIR Robert Cowell Luke Morris Cool Silk Racing Partnership 2-9-01 8/1
15/18/06 2 WATERLOO BRIDGE Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor 2-9-01 12/1
14/19/06 2 BAITHA ALGA Richard Hannon Frankie Dettori Al Shaqab Racing 2-9-01 8/1
13/20/06 2 NO NAY NEVER Wesley Ward USA Joel Rosari Linda Shanahan & Ice Wine Stable 2-9-01 4/1
12/21/06 2 RECKLESS ABANDON Clive Cox Adam Kirby Miss J Deadman & S Barrow 2-9-01 4/1
11/16/06 2 BAPAK CHINTA Kevin Ryan Phillip Makin T A Rahman 2-9-01 6/1
10/17/06 2 APPROVE William Haggas Eddie Ahern Highclere Thoroughbred Racing 2-9-01 16/1
09/18/06 2 RADIOHEAD Brian Meehan Jamie Spencer Carmen Burrell & Jonathan Harvey 2-9-01 10/1
08/19/06 2 SOUTH CENTRAL Howard Johnson Robert Winston Transcend Bloodstock LLP 2-9-01 11/4F
07/21/06 2 WINKER WATSON Peter Chapple-Hyam Jimmy Fortune Comic Strip Heroes/Joy Trotter 2-9-01 2/1F
06/22/06 2 DUTCH ART Peter Chapple-Hyam Alan Munro Susan Roy 2-9-01 11/4
*05/16/06 3 MASTA PLASTA Howard Johnson Robert Winston Transcend Bloodstock Llp 2-8-12 7/2
04/17/06 3 BLUE DAKOTA Jeremy Noseda Eddie Ahern Adrian Nolan, Geraldine Ryan 2-8-12 5/4F
03/19/06 3 RUSSIAN VALOUR Mark Johnston Kevin Darley Tony Latter & Partners 2-8-12 4/1
02/20/06 3 BARON’S PIT Richard Hannon snr Richard Hughes Jeff & Kath Thomas 2-8-12 12/1
01/21/06 3 JOHANNESBURG Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier 2-8-12 11/8F
00/22/06 3 SUPERSTAR LEO William Haggas Richard Quinn Superstar Leo Partnership 2-8-07 5/1
99/17/06 3 WARM HEART John Gosden Frankie Dettori Sheikh Mohammed 2-8-12 7/2
98/18/06 3 ROSSELLI Jack Berry John Carroll Terry Holdcroft 2-8-12 10/1
97/19/06 3 TIPPITT BOY Kevin McAuliffe John Reid Highgrove Developments Ltd 2-8-12 33/1
96/20/06 3 TIPSY CREEK Ben Hanbury Willie Ryan Abdullah Ali 2-8-12 7/2F
95/22/06 2 LUCKY LIONEL Richard Hannon snr Frankie Dettori Antonio Balzarini 2-8-12 11/1
94/16/06 3 MIND GAMES Jack Berry John Carroll Robert Hughes 2-8-13 5/2
93/17/06 3 TURTLE ISLAND Peter Chapple-Hyam John Reid Robert Sangster 2-8-13 3/1
92/18/06 3 NICHE Richard Hannon snr Lester Piggott Lord Carnarvon 2-8-08 9/1
91/20/06 3 MAGIC RING Paul Cole Alan Munro Fahd Salman 2-8-13 7/4F
90/21/06 3 LINE ENGAGED David Elsworth Steve Cauthen I Karageorgis 2-8-13 14/1
89/22/06 3 PETILLANTE Alex Scott Richard Hills Peter Newell 2-8-08 10/1
88/16/06 3 SUPERPOWER Bill O’Gorman Tony Ives Mrs Poh Lian Yong 2-8-13 EvensF
87/18/06 3 COLMORE ROW William Jarvis Bruce Raymond Doris Allen 2-8-13 10/3
86/19/06 3 SIZZLING MELODY Lord John FitzGerald Richard Hills Mary Watt 2-8-11 5/1
85/20/06 3 MAROUBLE Charlie Nelson Joe Mercer Countess of Lonsdale 2-8-11 20/1
84/21/06 3 MAGIC MIRROR Vincent O’Brien IRE Lester Piggott Stavros Niarchos 2-8-11 11/8
83/16/06 3 PRECOCIOUS Henry Cecil Lester Piggott Lord Tavistock 2-8-11 4/11F
82/17/06 3 BRONDESBURY Bill O’Gorman Tony Ives Ahmed Foustok 2-8-11 8/11F
81/18/06 3 DAY IS DONE Dermot Weld IRE Wally Swinburn Bertram Firestone 2-8-11 5/2
80/19/06 3 CHUMMYS SPECIAL Gavin Hunter Greville Starkey Jack Maxwell 2-8-11 11/2
79/21/06 3 ROMEO ROMANI Ryan Price Brian Taylor Harry Demetriou 2-8-11 7/2
78/22/06 3 SCHWEPPESHIRE LAD Michael Stoute Greville Starkey M Madden 2-8-11 9/4
77/16/06 3 EMBOSS Ron Boss Lester Piggott Torki Saud 2-8-11 11/4
76/16/06 3 GODSWALK Christy Grassick IRE Dermot Hogan Patrick Gallagher 2-8-11 8/13F
75/19/06 3 FALIRAKI Mick O’Toole IRE Lester Piggott Mrs M O’Toole 2-8-11 6/1
74/20/06 3 OVERTOWN Doug Smith Eric Eldin Sir H Calley 2-8-11 9/2
73/21/06 3 HABAT Peter Walwyn Pat Eddery Dr Carlo Vittadini 2-8-11 7/4F
*run at York