vaseHartnell survived a lengthy stewards’ enquiry to give trainer Mark Johnston his seventh winner of the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot this afternoon.

 The 7/2 shot drifted violently left inside the final furlong under jockey Joe Fanning and gave the runner-up, Century, a bump just before the pair crossed the line with the son of Authorized a neck up.

Johnston was almost certain his horse would keep the race in the immediate aftermath and was proven right as the placings remained unaltered.

“Joe was adamant that he hadn’t broken the rules when he came back in and if that was the case, there was no way he should lose the race,” said the trainer.

“He told me the horse started to drift left when he gave him a couple of taps with the whip. As soon as he came off a true line, Joe put his stick down and just used his hands and heels to guide him home.

“We’ve got a good record in this race and usually target our mile and a half horses in it. We were actually quite keen on running Hartnell in the King Edward VII Stakes but decided to come here instead.

“He always impressed us as a two-year-old and I thought over the winter that this could be the best chance we had of winning the Derby for a long time. He’s always been the type to improve between two and three and I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet.

“In the end, we decided to miss Epsom and I think that was the right decision. I don’t see him as a two miler this year and we’ve had the St Leger in mind for him ever since he ran at Lingfield.

“That will be his long term target – where he goes next I’m not too sure. Hopefully this will be a good stepping stone towards Doncaster.”



 Joe Fanning gained his sixth Royal Ascot success after his mount Hartnell survived a stewards’ enquiry to keep the Listed Queen’s Vase after passing the post a neck ahead of Century.

Hartnell drifted left in the closing stages and interfered with Century but the stewards left the placings unaltered.

Immediately after the race, Fanning told Channel 4 Racing: “There was not a lot I could have done. I put my stick down as I felt him go to the left. I tried to get him to go forward and I feel the best horse has won.

“Hartnell was not doing a lot when he got to the front. He is a nice horse and always was a nice horse. That run at Epsom (in the Derby trial on April 23) was all wrong and he would probably like more juice in the ground. He stayed well.”

Fanning advanced a similar line in the televised stewards’ inquiry, while the second’s jockey – Joseph O’Brien – said his mount had been intimidated and bumped which cost him the race as he should have won by a half-length.

The winning rider added afterwards: “He did it well – it was just the hanging business. I felt I had a little bit in hand in the last half-furlong. He stayed well and may need a bit of juice in the ground. Every time I rode in France last season it was bottomless ground and he seemed to appreciate that.” 


 Queen’s Vase runner-up Century suffered interference in the closing stages and he remained in second position after the outcome of a stewards’ enquiry.

The Montjeu colt lost out by a neck to Hartnell in the two-mile contest and trainer Aidan O’Brien commented: “I was delighted with the run and Joseph (O’Brien) was coming there at the end.”

John Gosden, trainer of third-placed Marzocco, said: “That was a solid run and the interference didn’t affect our placing – we would have been third in any case. This is still an immature horse.”

Fifth race result


5.00pm Queen’s Vase (Listed)

£85,000 total prize fund. For 3yo, 2m. Weights: colts and geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 8st 12lb. Penalties after August 31st, 2013, a winner of a Listed race 2lb; of a Group 3 race 4lb; of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 6lb. Penalty value 1st £48,203.50 2nd £18,275.00 3rd £9,146.00 4th £4,556.00 5th £2,286.50 6th £1,147.50

1) HARTNELL (Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-9-03 Joe Fanning [2] 7/2

2) CENTURY (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-9-3 Joseph O’Brien [10] 5/1

3) MARZOCCO (USA) (HRH Princess Of Haya Of Jordan) John Gosden 3-9-03 William Buick [7] 11/8f

4) BIG ORANGE (Bill Gredley) Michael Bell 3-9-03 Tom Queally [6]

5) MONTALY (The Farleigh Court Racing Partnership) Andrew Balding 3-9-03 David Probert [3]

6) HATSAWAY (IRE) (Saeed Manana)) Clive Brittain 3-9-03 Liam Jones [4]

7) GOLD APPROACH (Jaber Abdullah) William Haggas 3-8-12 Silvestre De Sousa [9]

8) LOVING YOUR WORK (The Loving Your Work Syndicate) George Baker 3-9-03 Pat Cosgrave [12]

9) ANGLO IRISH (George Strawbridge) John Gosden 3-9-03 Frankie Dettori [5]

10) GOD’S SPEED (IRE) (The Hornets) Rae Guest 3-9-03 Chris Catlin [11]

10 ran

Non-runner: The Corsican (going), Min Alemarat (self cert – dehydrated)

Time: 3m 24.73s

Distances: nk, 1¾, 1¼, 6, 5, 25, 15, 39, 10

Breeder: Darley Breeding: b c Authorized (IRE) – Debonnaire (Anabaa (USA))

Tote      Win £4.60          Place £1.90 £2.20 £1.10 Exacta £17.70


Winning Trainer:-Name: Johnston, Mark Steven Born: Glasgow, 10/9/59 Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Date of first licence: January 1987 First winner: Hinari Video (Carlisle, July 1, 1987) Previous Occupation: Qualified as veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University; practised as vet in Cleveland, Essex and Northern Ireland, spent brief spells with John Winter, Tommy Craig, Charlie Millbank in France and John Russell in USA British Classic wins (2): 2000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys); 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Irish Classic wins (2): Irish 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction), Irish St Leger (Jukebox Jury) Other major wins include: Rheinland-Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace), Dewhurst Stakes (2004 Shamardal), Dubai Sheema Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), Gran Criterium (1997 Lend A Hand, 2003 Pearl Of Love 2006 Kirklees), Falmouth Stakes (2008 Nahoodh), Sun Chariot Stakes (2004 Attraction), Preis Von Europa (2009 Jukebox Jury), Matron Stakes (2005 Attraction), Phoenix Stakes (1997 Princely Heir), Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2009 Awzaan), Grosser Dallamyr-Preis Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (2010 Lady Jane Digby) Royal Ascot wins (37): Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel), King George V Handicap (1995 Diaghilef, 2002 Systematic, 2003 Fantastic Love, 2006 Linas Selection, 2012 Fennell Bay), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D’Inde), Britannia Handicap (1997 Fly To The Stars), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits Of Love, 2002 Zindabad, 2005 Bandari), Chesham Stakes (2000 Celtic Silence, 2002 Helm Bank, 2003 Pearl Of Love), Queen’s Vase (2001 And Beyond, 2003 Shanty Star, 2005 Melrose Avenue, 2006 Soapy Danger, 2009 Holberg, 2011 Namibian, 2014 Hartnell), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2001 Takamaka Bay, 2009 Drill Sergeant, 2011 Fox Hunt), Queen Mary Stakes (2003 Attraction), Norfolk Stakes (2003 Russian Valour), Ascot Stakes (2004 Double Obsession), Coronation Stakes (2004 Attraction), Wolferton Handicap (2006 I’m So Lucky), Hampton Court Stakes (2007 Zaham), King Edward VII Stakes (2007 Boscobel, 2010 Monterosso), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall), Sandringham Handicap (2014 Muteela) First Royal Ascot win: Double Trigger (June 22, 1995 – Gold Cup) 1000th winner: Double Honour, Hamilton, September 4, 2000 2000th winner:Leamington, Southwell, February 5, 2008 (passed both landmarks faster than anyone else in history)Wins in a year (1987-2013): 1: 5: 15: 24: 25: 52: 77: 116: 111: 115: 123: 100: 113: 130: 116: 134: 139: 119: 141; 158; 161; 164; 216; 211; 179; 215; 216 Wins in 2014: 100


Winning jockey:-Name: Fanning, Joseph Kenning Based: Middleham, North Yorkshire Details:Rides mainly for Mark Johnston Born: September 24, 1970 First Win: Henry Will, Yarmouth, June 9, 1990 Major Wins Include: Betty Barclay-Rennen (2004 Darasim), Goodwood Cup (2004 Darasim), Musidora Stakes (2005 Secret History), Great St Wilfrid Handicap (2004 Smokin Beau), Northumberland Plate (1993 Highflying), Sirenia Stakes (2005 Prince Of Light), Vintage Stakes (2004 Shamardal), Goffs Million Mile (2009 Shakespearean), Richmond Stakes (2012 Heavy Metal), Dubai Challenge Stakes (2012 Fulbright), Jockey Club Stakes (2013 Universal), Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (2013 Universal) Royal Ascot Wins (6): Wolferton Handicap (2006 I’m So Lucky), King Edward VII Stakes (2007 Boscobel), Queen’s Vase (2009 Holberg, 2014 Hartnell), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2009 Drill Sergeant), King George V Handicap (2012 Fennell Bay) First Royal Ascot Winner: I’m So Lucky, Wolferton Handicap, June 23, 2006 Wins (1991-2013): 43, 45, 22, 14, 17, 19, 18, 18, 67, 63, 71, 76, 84, 97, 76, 108; 73; 82; 113; 120; 103; 188; 156 Wins in 2014: 76