Queen Anne Stakes
Group 1, Ascot 14:30
£750,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
1m, Class 1   
Tuesday 18th June 2024


1 Charyn 10/3F
2 Docklands 10/1
3 Maljoom 15/2
13 ran NR: Royal Scotsman Distances: 2¼l, 2¾l, 1l
Time: 1m 38.04s (fast by 0.86s)

It was a first success at the top level for the Roger Varian-trained four-year-old, who started the 100/30 favourite and was ridden by Silvestre de Sousa in the colours of Nurlan Bizakov. 

Last year’s Britannia Handicap victor Docklands finished second, beaten two and a quarter lengths, with Maljoom a further two-and-three-quarter lengths back in third. 

French runners Big Rock and Facteur Cheval raced on their own on the far side of the track through the early stages, but they folded tamely when the action began in earnest, while Audience, who kept Charyn back in second in last month’s G1 Lockinge Stakes, had to settle for fifth.

Varian said: “It doesn't get any better, a Group One at Royal Ascot. I am really delighted for his owner, who has invested so much in the game and has supported me for a number of years. For my team I am delighted, as everyone works so hard at home. It is a great day and we'll enjoy it.

"You have to say Charyn has improved as he's got older. He ran some fine races in defeat last year. He was in the biggest races, on the top table and didn't disgrace himself.

"He seems to have found another level of form this year. His run in the Lockinge last time was an outstanding run, and he's confirmed that today so I'm thrilled.

"Silvestre is convinced he will stay a mile and a quarter, and I kind of agree with him, but he's not doing much wrong over a mile at the moment, so I wouldn't be in a rush to change things.

“This is a tough week, a really difficult week. It is hard to win here; when you’ve got off the mark on the first day, it makes you breathe a bit easier, but it’s not that the pressure’s off, not at all. 

“Every runner is important – a lot of the horses are owned by different people – so every runner brings its own level of pressure. It is obviously nice to get off to a winning start, but there’s a lot of work to be done.”


De Sousa said: “What I did there was very little – I just had to wait for the right moment, and Charyn won quite nicely. At halfway, I thought I don't want to get there too soon. He is such a gentleman and you just have to ask him the questions.”

Winning owner Nurlan Bizakov said: “Now Charyn has booked my box in my stallion yard! I have been dreaming about this, but I never thought it would happen. To have a Group One winner at Royal Ascot is not easy.

“It is a big day. You wouldn't be confident in a Group One race, but Charyn would be my shortest-priced runner in Group One company and he delivered, so it's amazing.

“Silvestre has been champion jockey three times – he is a great jockey. He is building a good relationship with Charyn, and hopefully with Roger as well.

“Roger is my principal trainer here. I am very happy with Roger and his wife Hanako – we are like a family.”

Harry Eustace said of Docklands: “He ran super. He just keeps turning up for us. He loves this track and dropping in with plenty of runners is what he really needs. He hasn’t had that yet this year. The plan was to always work back from Australia at the end of the year.”

Hayley Turner said: “I am really happy with Docklands. We thought he had a chance. Annoyingly, I never felt like I was going to get to the winner, but I can’t fault him. I’m so pleased, really happy and the connections are all happy – he has definitely got a Group 1 in him.”

Maljoom’s jockey Tom Marquand said: “He has obviously bounced back to that solid Group One form that we knew he had. It looks like we will get him right back to the force of what he was looking like at one point. He’s not had much racing and I think he has just been a little bit rusty – he looks the best he has done for a long time. He is coming back.”

Cleeve Racing £10 trial

Queen Anne Stakes (British Champions Series)
£750,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 1m, Class 1
13 ran
Going: Good to Firm

1 (9)    Charyn 4 9-2 Roger Varian Silvestre De Sousa 100/30F
2 (6)
Docklands 4 9-2 Harry Eustace Hayley Turner 10/1
3 (13)
Maljoom 5 9-2 William Haggas Tom Marquand 15/2
4 (4)
1 Witch Hunter 5 9-2 Richard Hannon Sean Levey 40/1
5 (14) Audience 5 9-2 John & Thady Gosden Robert Havlin 8/1
6 (7)
nse Facteur Cheval 5 9-2 J Reynier Maxime Guyon 7/2
7 (5)
6 Dolayli 5 9-2 F-H Graffard Mickael Barzalona 9/1
8 (1)
nk Cairo 4 9-2 Alice Haynes Kieran O'Neill 150/1
9 (8)
½ Brave Emperor 4 9-2 Archie Watson Luke Morris 100/1
10 (3)
Big Rock 4 9-2 2 Maurizio Guarnieri Christophe Soumillon 11/2
11 (10)
2 Hi Royal 4 9-2 Kevin Ryan Ryan Moore 28/1
12 (12)
20 Flight Plan 4 9-2 K R Burke Daniel Tudhope 66/1
PU (11) Poker Face 5 9-2 Simon & Ed Crisford James Doyle 20/1
NR 13 (2) Royal Scotsman 4 9-2 Paul & Oliver Cole NON RUNNER


Past Results

2023-WINNER-TRIPLE TIME Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Kevin Ryan Neil Callan 4 9-02 33/1

2022-WINNER-BAAEED Shadwell Estate Company Ltd William Haggas Jim Crowley 4 9-02 1/6F

2021-WINNER-PALACE PIER John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 4 9-00 2/7F

2020-WINNER-CIRCUS MAXIMUS Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Flaxman Stables, Sue Magnier, M Tabor, D Smith 4-9-00 4/1F

2019-WINNER-LORD GLITTERS David O’Meara Danny Tudhope Geoff & Sandra Turnbull 6-9-00 14/1

2018-WINNER-ACCIDENTAL AGENT Eve Johnson Houghton Charles Bishop Gaie Johnson Houghton 4-9-00 33/1

2017-WINNER-RIBCHESTER 4-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Richard Fahey; Jockey-William Buick; SP-11/10F
2ND-Mutakayyef 6-9-00 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-William Haggas; Jockey-Jim Crowley; SP-5/1
3RD-Deauville 4-9-00 Owner-Fitri Hay, Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-12/1
16 ran; Time-1m 36.60s; Dist-11⁄4, nk

2016-WINNER-TEPIN 5-8-11 Owner-Robert Masterson; Trainer-Mark Casse USA; Jockey-Julien Leparoux; SP-11/2
2ND-Belardo 4-9-00 Owner-Godolphin & Prince A A Faisal; Trainer-Roger Varian; Jockey-James Doyle; SP-9/2 Jt Fav
3RD-Lightning Spear 5-9-00 Owner-Qatar Racing Limited; Trainer-David Simcock; Jockey-Oisin Murphy; SP-20/1
13 ran; Time-1m 43.98s; Dist-1⁄2, 11⁄4 9/2 Jt Fav Ervedya (5th)

2015-WINNER-SOLOW -9-00 Owner-Wertheimer & Frere; Trainer-Freddy Head FR; Jockey-Maxime Guyon; SP-11/8 Fav
2ND-Esoterique 5-8-11 Owner-Baron Edouard De Rothschild; Trainer-Andre Fabre FR; Jockey-Pierre Charles-Boudot; SP-16/1
3RD-Cougar Mountain 4-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Ryan Moore: SP-16/1
8 ran; Time-1m 37.97s; Dist-1, nk

2014-WINNER-TORONADO 4-9-00 Owner-Al Shaqab Racing; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey- Richard Hughes; SP-4/5 Fav
2ND-Verrazano 4-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Joseph O’Brien; SP-6/1
3RD Anodin 4-9-00 Owner-Wertheimer & Frere; Trainer-Freddy Head FR; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP-9/1
10 ran; Time-1m 37.73s; Dist-3⁄4, 11⁄4

2013-WINNER-DECLARATION OF WAR 4-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Joseph Allen; Trainer-
Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Joseph O’Brien; SP-15/2
2ND-Aljamaaheer 4-9-00 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-Roger Varian; Jockey-Paul Hanagan; SP-8/1
3RD-Gregorian 4-9-00 Owner-Princess Haya Of Jordan; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-16/1
13 ran; Time-1m 38.48s; Dist-¾, ½ 5/4 Fav Animal Kingdom (11th)

2012-WINNER-FRANKEL 4-9-00 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-Sir Henry Cecil; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-1/10 Fav
2ND-Excelebration 4-9-00 Owner-Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Joseph O’Brien; SP-5/1
3RD-Side Glance 5-9-00 Owner-Qatar Racing Limited; Trainer-Andrew Balding; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-33/1
11 ran, Time-1m 37.85s; Dist 11, nk

2011-WINNER-CANFORD CLIFFS 4-9-00 Owner-The Heffer Syndicate, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-11/8
2ND-Goldikova 6-8-13 Owner-Wertheimer et Frere; Trainer-Freddy Head FR; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP-5/4 Fav
3RD-Cityscape 5-9-00 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-Roger Charlton; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-14/1
7 ran, Time-1m 38.38s; Dist: 1, 1¾

2010-WINNER-GOLDIKOVA 5-8-11 Owner-Wertheimer et Frere; Trainer-Freddy Head FR; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP-11/8 Fav
2ND-Paco Boy 5-9-00 Owner-The Calvera Partnership No 2; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-11/4
3RD-Dream Eater 5-9-00 Owner-Jeff Smith; Trainer-Andrew Balding; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-50/1
10 ran, Time-1m 37.74s; Dist: nk, 3¼

2009-WINNER- PACO BOY 4-9-00 Owner-The Calvera Partnership No 2; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-100/30
2ND-Cesare 8-9-00 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud Ltd; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-11/1
3RD-Aqlaam 4-9-00 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-William Haggas; Jockey-Richard Hills; SP-10/1
9 ran, Time-1m 39.31s; Dist: 1½, ½. 9/4 Fav Gladiatorus (6th)

2008-WINNER-HARADASUN 5-9-00 Owner-Frank Tagg/Sue Magnier/Frank Meduri/Garry Moffitt; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien
IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-5/1
2ND-Darjina 4-8-11 Owner-Princess Zahra Aga Khan; Trainer-Alain De Royer-Dupre FR; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-5/1
3RD-Finsceal Beo 4-8-11 Owner-Michael Ryan; Trainer-Jim Bolger IRE; Jockey-Kevin Manning; SP-9/2 Fav
11 ran, Time-1m 38.98s, Dist: hd, ¾

2007-WINNER-RAMONTI 5-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-5/1
2ND-Jeremy 4-9-00 Owner-Betty Moran; Trainer-Sir Michael Stoute; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-14/1
3RD-Turtle Bowl 5-9-00 Owner-B van Dalfsen; Trainer-Francois Rohaut FR; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP-33/1
8 ran, Time-1m 37.21s, Dist: sh, sh 10/11 Fav George Washington (4th)

2006-WINNER-AD VALOREM 4-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier & Bob Ingham; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-13/2
2ND-Court Masterpiece 6-9-00 Owner-Gainsborough Stud; Trainer-Ed Dunlop; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-11/2
3RD-Proclamation 4-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-2/1
7 ran, Time-1m 40.0s, Dist: 1½, nk 7/4 Fav Peeress (4th)

2005-WINNER-VALIXIR 4-9-00 Owner-H H Aga Khan; Trainer-Andre Fabre FR; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-4/1
2ND-Rakti 6-9-00 Owner-Gary Tanaka; Trainer-Michael Jarvis; Jockey-Philip Robinson; SP-5/6 Fav
3RD-Starcraft 5-9-00 Owner-The Australian Syndicate; Trainer-Luca Cumani; Jockey-Darryll Holland; SP-7/1
10 ran, Time-1m 36.64s Dist: 1½, ½ (Run at York)

2004-WINNER-REFUSE TO BEND 4-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-12/1
2ND-Soviet Song 4-8-11 Owner-Elite Racing Club; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-6/1
3RD-Salselon 5-9-00 Owner-Scuderia Briantea Srl; Trainer-Luca Cumani; Jockey-Darryll Holland; SP-12/1
16 ran, Time-1m 39.14s Dist: nk, ¾ 5/2 Fav Six Perfections (6th)

2003-WINNER-DUBAI DESTINATION 4-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-9/2
*2ND-Right Approach 4-9-00 Owner-The Queen; Trainer-Sir Michael Stoute; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-20/1
3RD-Where Or When 4-9-00 Owner-John Humphreys (Turf Accountants Ltd); Trainer-Terry Mills; Jockey-Kevin Darley; SP- 8/1
10 ran, Time-1m 38.56s Dist: 4, ¾ 8/13 Fav Hawk Wing (7th)
*Tillerman originally finished second but was disqualified after failing a post-race urine test