BACCARAT PROVIDES ROYAL ASCOT FIRST FOR CHALONER

MUSIC SHOWCASE DAY, YORK RACECOURSEApprentice George Chaloner, the day after having his first Royal Ascot ride, enjoyed his first Royal Ascot winner on Baccarat in the £175,000 Wokingham Handicap over six furlongs on the final day of Royal Ascot.

 9/1 chanced Baccarat, second in two runs this year, went clear in the final furlong, winning by a length and a half from Professor (10/1), Rivellino (25/1) and stable companion Alben Star (16/1).

Chaloner said: “The boss (Richard Fahey) said keep it simple and you’ll have a chance. It feels amazing to have a first Royal Ascot winner. I am really grateful to the boss and (owner) Sir Robert Ogden for putting me on him – I really appreciate it.

“The boss said: “get plenty of cover and see how it goes – he’s got the ability to win and I don’t see why he wouldn’t”. Baccarat gave me a good ride the last day at York – he finished a nice second – and he’s gone one better today. There might be more to come.”

Richard Fahey commented: “It is always great after the race but he is a horse I felt would always win one of these races. I thought that he would win the Ayr Gold Cup last year but it just didn’t happen. Today everything has gone right and it’s fantastic for him.

“He is a decent horse and you get frustrated. I remember training a horse like him a few years ago, Superior Premium, and I tried to win a Wokingham with him. He kept finishing placed in the Ayr Gold Cup and, in the end I thought that we would let him take the deep end and he ended up winning the Jubilee here. This is a similar type of horse, he’s a talented horse.

“It would have been better to get a winner earlier in the week because you go home, kick the yard cat and get a bit frustrated. Any winner here is fantastic.

“It’s brilliant for George. He’s a kid, he’s probably only got five or six winners left in his belt (Chaloner claims 3lb currently) and he needs big winners like this to project him into the jockeyship and hopefully a few people will have looked at him and thought this kid can ride.

“I am delighted. I knew the winner would come up the stands’ side and I just hoped it would be one of mine. If I had to pick one, it would have been Baccarat as he is probably the better horse and he showed that today. George did get there sooner than I would have liked but the horse has gone away and won it well.

“Baccarat is a horse probably capable of better but that is what you need to win these sort of races. He likes a flat-out pace. He won the St Wilfrid last year and was a bit unlucky last time at York. We will step him up in class now. Alben Star has run out of his skin to be fourth. Sir Robert was at Royal Ascot earlier in the week but not today.”

 

HANNON HAPPY WITH PROFESSOR

 Professor ran a big race under a welter weight to finish the length and a half second behind Baccarat in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot this afternoon.

The 10/1 shot couldn’t quite match the finishing kick of the winner but stayed on well to fill the runner-up berth.

“He’s run a super race,” said Richard Hannon snr, father of trainer Richard Hannon.

“He’s carried a big weight and that’s not easy to do in these races. We’re very happy with him.”

Rivellino finished a further three quarters of a length back in third and trainer Karl Burke was also happy with the way his gelding ran.

“He’s run a great race and we couldn’t ask any more of him,” said Burke.

“We’ll keep going with him and there’s a nice handicap at Newmarket’s July meeting so we’ll head there next.”

 

Fifth race result

 5.00pm Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

£175,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+, rated 0-110, 6f. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; minimum weight 8st. Penalties after May 24th, a winner 5lb; of 2 races 8lb. Penalty value 1st £108,937.50 2nd £32,620.00 3rd £16,310.00 4th £8,155.00 5th £4,077.50 6th £2,047.50

1) BACCARAT (IRE) (Sir Robert Ogden) Richard Fahey 5-9-02 George Chaloner (3) [27] 9/1

2) PROFESSOR (Poilin Good) Richard Hannon 4-9-08 Ryan Moore [18] 10/1

3) RIVELLINO (Melba Bryce) Karl Burke 4-9-04 William Buick [12] 25/1

4) ALBEN STAR (IRE) (J Shannon & M Scaife) Richard Fahey 6-9-04 Paul Hanagan [25] 16/1

5) BOOMERANG BOB (IRE) (R Tufft) Barry Hills 5-9-00 Seb Sanders [20] 33/1

6) ROCKY GROUND (IRE) (Clipper Logistics & Cheveley Park Stud) Roger Varian h4-9-08 Frankie Dettori [29]

7) DONT BOTHER ME (IRE) (Edric Browne) Marco Botti p4-8-12 Martin Harley [31]

8) SIRIUS PROSPECT (USA) (Nicola Yarrow) Dean Ivory 6-9-05 Robert Winston [14]

9) GLEN MOSS (IRE) (John Fretwell) David Brown 5-9-04 Sean Levey [2]

10) RACY (Koo’s Racing Club) Brian Ellison p7-9-00 Joseph O’Brien [23]

11) SEEKING MAGIC (The Seekers) Clive Cox th6-8-10 Ryan Tate [30]

12) LANCELOT DU LAC (ITY) (Michael Yarrow) Dean Ivory 4-9-02 Tom Queally [5]

13) NINJAGO (Jonathan Palmer-Brown & Potensis Ltd) Richard Hannon 4-9-03 Richard Hughes [17]

14) HAMZA (IRE) (Mubarak Al Naemi) Kevin Ryan b5-9-10 James Doyle [7]

15) ABSOLUTELY SO (IRE) (Jackie & Georgie Smith) Andrew Balding 4-8-11 Oisin Murphy (3) [24] 4/1f

16) SECRET ASSET (IRE) (Simon & Jeanette Pierpoint/Dave & Wendy Hughes) Jane Chapple-Hyam hp9-8-12 Robert Havlin [21]

17) HOOF IT (Chubby Chandler & Lee Westwood) Mick Easterby 7-9-05 Kieren Fallon [10]

18) FAST SHOT (Ontoawinner & Partners) Tim Easterby 6-8-04 Rachel Richardson (7) [3]

19) ARNOLD LANE (IRE) (Nick & Olga Dhandsa and John & Zoe Webster) Mick Channon 5-9-02 Sam Hitchcott [13]

20) BARRACUDA BOY (IRE) (Laurence Bellman) Tom Dascombe 4-8-12 Richard Kingscote [4]

21) DUNGANNON (Dr E Harris & Ian Balding) Andrew Balding 7-8-10 Thomas Brown (3) [15]

22) DANDY BOY (ITY) (Malih Al Basti) David Marnane t8-9-01 Pat Dobbs [9]

23) ANNUNCIATION (Middleham Park Racing XXXIX & James Pak) Richard Hannon 4-9-05 Jimmy Fortune [6]

24) TRINITYELITEDOTCOM (IRE) (Sheikh Mishal Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani) Tom Dascombe 4-9-01 George Baker [26]

25) JIMMY STYLES (Peter Ridgers) Clive Cox p10-9-03 Adam Kirby [8]

26) ZERO MONEY (IRE) (Seventh Lap Racing) Hugo Palmer b8-8-06 Noel Garbutt (5) [19]

27) NOCTURNAL AFFAIR (SAF) (Zalim Bifov) David Marnane 8-9-03 Wayne Lordan [22]

28) YORK GLORY (USA) (Salman Rashed & Mohamed Khalifa) Kevin Ryan b6-9-09 Jamie Spencer [11]

 

28 ran

Non-runner: Saayerr (self cert – sore)

Time: 1m 12.09s

Distances: 1½, ¾, nk, ¾, hd, nse, ¾, ¾, hd, ½, ½, ½, ¾, 2¾, nk, 1, nk, nk, 1¼, 1½, nse, 1¾, 2, nk, 1¼, 1¾, 10

Breeder: Rathasker Stud

Breeding: b g Clodovil (IRE) – Secret Circle (Magic Ring (IRE))

Tote      Win £9.10          Place £1.80 £3.70 £8.20 £7.90    Exacta £157.70

 

Winning trainer:- Name: Fahey, Richard Date of birth: 2/2/66 Based: Mews House, Musley Bank, Malton, North Yorkshire Background: Born in Nigeria and raised in County Meath, Ireland, Richard was formerly a jockey who rode 108 winners under both codes and was joint champion conditional rider for the 1988/89 season. He quit the saddle in 1992 to concentrate on his livery yard near Malton before applying for a dual-purpose licence in 1993. First Group One Win: Wootton Bassett, Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Grand Criterium), Longchamp, October 3, 2010 Other Big Race Wins Include: Darley July Cup (2012 Mayson), Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes (2010 Wootton Bassett), Ayr Gold Cup (2006 Fonthill Road), John Smith’s Cup (2002 Vintage Premium, 2007 Charlie Tokyo, 2008 Flying Clarets), Robins Farm Racing Stewards’ Cup (1998 Superior Premium), Betfred Mile (2003 Lady Bear), Chester Cup (2007 Greenwich Meantime), Chipchase Stakes (2008 Utmost Respect), bet365 Lancashire Oaks (2008 Anna Pavlova), Duke Of York Blue Square Stakes (2009 Utmost Respect), Greenlands Stakes (2009 Utmost Respect), Palace House Stakes (2012 Mayson), Free Handicap (2013 Garswood), bet365 Lennox Stakes (2013 Garswood), Nell Gwyn Stakes (2014 Sandiva) Royal Ascot Wins (4): Golden Jubilee Stakes (2000 Superior Premium), King George V Handicap (2009 Cosmic Sun), Windsor Castle Stakes (2010 Marine Commando), Wokingham Handicap (2014 Baccarat) First Royal Ascot Winner: Cork & Orrery Stakes (2000 Superior Premium) Wins (1993-2013): 1; 2; 7; 11; 25; 20; 26; 37; 26; 46; 50; 77; 79; 87; 85; 113; 165; 181; 151; 142; 164 Wins in 2014: 71

 

Winning jockey:-Name: Chaloner, George Background. Apprentice based with Richard Fahey. Joined Fahey in March, 2010, having previously been based with Malcolm Jefferson. Royal Ascot wins (1):Wokingham Handicap (2014 Baccarat) Wins (2010-2013): 4; 7; 5; 33 Wins in 2014: 14