Norfolk Stakes
Group 2, Ascot 14:30
£100,000 added,
2yo only,
5f, Class 1   
Thursday 20th June 2019

1 A'Ali 5/1
2 Ventura Rebel 16/1
3 Dubai Station 14/1
14 ran NR: Maven Distances: nk, 2¾l, nk
Time: 1m 1.90s (slow by 2.90s)

Another winner for Frankie on A'Ali

Trainer Simon Crisford recorded his second success as a trainer at Royal Ascot and his first victory of this year's meeting following the well-backed A'Ali's (5/1 from 8/1) win in the £100,000 G2 Norfolk Stakes, the first race on day three of the Royal Meeting.
 
Ridden by Frankie Dettori, notching his 63rd success overall at the Royal Meeting and third of the week, A'ali tracked the pace in mid-division in the early stages of the five-furlong contest and ran on strongly to score by a neck, holding off the Richard Fahey-trained Ventura Rebel in second.
 
A'Ali is owned by Shaikh Duaij Al Khalifa of Bahrain, a close friend of Godolphin's owner Sheikh Mohammed - the two-year-old son of Society Rock was his first runner at Royal Ascot.
 
Second on his debut over five furlongs at Ripon in a novice event, A'Ali took the step up to G2 company in his stride this afternoon.
 
A delighted Newmarket-based Crisford, Godolphin's former racing manager, was successful with Ostilio at last year's Royal Meeting and he was thrilled to return to the winner's enclosure at the Berkshire venue.
 
He said: "I used to think having winners at Royal Ascot was like picking apples off a tree! However, since I've started training on my own it hasn't been quite as simple as that, but it means everything.
 
"Frankie is obviously the go-to jockey when you really need somebody - he was available and he gave A'Ali a super ride.
 
"When I saw them cantering to the start, I thought A'Ali was very fresh. He put up huge speed figures when he ran at Ripon and the bounce factor was in my mind. I was worried that he had put in such a big effort there that it would count against him.
 
"A'Ali travelled well enough, picked up nicely and has a good turn of foot. We've always known he was a very good horse and that is why we ran him in a Group Two despite being beaten on his first start.
 
"A'Ali is a top-notch horse. All the guys who do figures and analyse races using sectional times were screaming about this horse from the rooftop.
 
"I wouldn't have run him today, unless he galloped out well after the winning line at Ripon. He galloped out super strong there and then I knew the right target was this Group Two and not a novice event at Wolverhampton.
 
"It is great to be in the winner's enclosure at Royal Ascot and I am surrounded by some really strong supporters of mine over the years including Sheikh Mohammed. His great friend Shaikh Duaij owns this horse and is from the Royal Family of Bahrain. They have all been so supportive and it counts for a lot.
 
"Shaikh Duaij is steeped in racing history. His uncle used to own horses like Jellaby in the 1970s. He has always been a huge enthusiast and this is his first runner at the Royal Meeting, which is brilliant. This horse can now sit in that tidy packet of horses which Shaikh Duaij's uncle used to have - he is a good colt. 
 
"I think A'Ali will get six furlongs. He is out of a Motivator mare [Motion Lass] so we could look at stepping him up in trip. The doors are open for everything with him. He will be campaigned as a two-year-old. He's small, he's neat, he's tidy and he'll have a proper two-year-old campaign."

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Norfolk Stakes
£100,000 added, 2yo only, 5f, Class 1
14 ran
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places

POS BTN HORSE AGE WEIGHT ISP
JOCKEY & TRAINER
1 A'ALI (IRE) 2 9-1 5/1
J: Frankie Dettori T: Simon Crisford
2 nk VENTURA REBEL 2 9-1 16/1
J: Paul Hanagan T: Richard Fahey
3 DUBAI STATION 2 9-1 14/1
J: Jamie Spencer T: K. R. Burke
4 nk STRIVE FOR GLORY (USA) 2 9-1 50/1
J: Richard Kingscote T: Robert Cowell
5 EMTEN (IRE) 2 8-12 80/1
J: Nicola Currie T: Jamie Osborne
6 nk KING NEPTUNE (USA) 2 9-1 20/1
J: Donnacha O'BrienT: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
7 sh MISTY GREY (IRE) 2 9-1 16/1
J: Silvestre De Sousa T: Mark Johnston
8 nk SUNDAY SOVEREIGN 2 9-1 13/8
J: William James Lee T: P. Twomey, Ireland
9 ¾ EXPRESSIONIST (IRE) 2 9-1 11/1
J: James Doyle T: Charlie Appleby
10 hd FIREPOWER (FR) 2 9-1 33/1
J: Adam Kirby T: Clive Cox
11 nk MOUNT FUJI (IRE) 2 9-1 7/1
J: Ryan Moore T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
12 ¾ COOL SPHERE (USA) 2 9-1 80/1
J: James McDonald T: Robert Cowell
13 ¾ AIR FORCE JET 2 9-1 8/1
J: Oisin Murphy T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
14 REAL APPEAL (GER) 2 9-1 25/1
J: Antoine Hamelin T: M. Palussiere, France

NORFOLK STAKES WINNERS

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

18/21/06 2 SHANG SHANG SHANG

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