SOUS PIQUES THEM OFF IN FINALE

sousPique Sous stayed on the best of all to run away with the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot – the longest Flat race of the season at just short of two and three quarter miles.

 The 11/4 shot was always travelling strongly under jockey Ryan Moore and powered away from the field in the home straight to record a length and a half victory.

Trainer Willie Mullins admitted after the race that he was able to enjoy this success more than any of the other winners he has trained at the Royal Meeting.

“Having a Royal Ascot winner is fantastic and when Simenon won here before I think I was in such shock I didn’t enjoy it – I think I missed the horse coming into the winner’s enclosure and everything,” said the trainer.

“I really enjoyed that one today. Ryan hit the front, I looked behind and I said I don’t think anything can catch him from there, but there were still two furlongs to go. I really enjoyed the whole thing today.

“He was very, very free and Ryan did a fantastic job to settle him and just buried him in behind. We were wondering whether he was back a bit too far but at least he got him settled. He is a master at his job.

“We are Supreme Racing Club. We have a huge amount of members and this is the first horse from four that we bought and we bought him for less than 20,000 as a cheap sort of bumper horse.

“Harold Kirk, my agent, picked him out at a sale and he said that this fellow has a lovely pedigree. His confirmation wasn’t what everyone really wanted but we said, at a price, we would take him. I would have to say well done to Harold for picking him out. It has been a dream for the racing club to get here. I think they have been going for only about three years.”

 

MOORE HITS SIX AT ROYAL ASCOT & IS QIPCO TOP JOCKEY

 Ryan Moore gained his third success of today in the final race of Royal Ascot 2014 when the Willie Mullins-trained Pique Sous won the Queen Alexandra Stakes over two miles, five furlongs and 169 yards.

His 37.7/1 treble contributed to six winners in all during the five-day Royal Meeting, double the total achieved by any other jockey.

Moore said: “It is very easy when you are riding for Willie Mullins. It was a very messy race and Pique Sous did not switch off as I would like.

“They only went steady but he travelled beautifully into the race and picked up well.

“The last furlong was a long way – I was there probably a furlong earlier than I should have been – but I had to take the gaps when they came.”

Commenting on winning the QIPCO Royal Ascot Top Jockey Award for the fourth time (following on from 2012 (5), 2011 (3) and 2010 (4)): “I am delighted. I have had five in the past and so it was one extra this year.”

 

TIGER CLIFF

 Tiger Cliff sadly lost his life when suffering a suspected heart attack after running fourth in the Queen Alexandra Stakes.

Nick Smith, Ascot’s Head of Communications and International Racing, said: “It’s a shame to end the meeting with the sad death of Tiger Cliff. We understand he had a suspected heart attack. This was unrelated to the track, like the two deaths earlier in the week.

“Our sympathies go out to the connections of Tiger Cliff and also of the two horses we lost on Tuesday.”

 

Sixth race result

 5.35pm Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race)

£60,000 total prize fund. For 4yo+, 2m 6f. Weights: 4yo colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 9lb; 5yo+ horses and geldings 9st 2lb; mares 8st 11lb. Penalties after June 17th, 2013, each Class 3 race or Class 2 race won 3lb; for each Class 1 race won 5lb. Penalty value 1st £37,350.00 2nd £11,184.00 3rd £5,592.00 4th £2,796.00 5th £1,398.00 6th £702.00

 

1) PIQUE SOUS (FR) (Supreme Horse Racing Club) Willie Mullins IRE t7-9-02 Ryan Moore [15] 11/4

2) EL SALVADOR (IRE) (Annemarie O’Brien) Aidan O’Brien IRE 5-9-02 Joseph O’Brien [3] 10/1

3) BRASS RING (Khalid Abdullah) John Gosden h4-9-00 James Doyle [17] 6/1

4) TIGER CLIFF (IRE) (Henry Ponsonby) Alan King 5-9-02 Tom Queally [6] 5/2f

5) ARGENT KNIGHT (Dr J Walker) William Jarvis v4-9-00 Frankie Dettori [2]

6) NUMBER ONE LONDON (IRE) (Stewart Jones) Brian Meehan p4-9-00 William Buick [8]

7) FIRST AVENUE (Laura Mongan) Laura Mongan 9-9-02 Amir Quinn [16]

8) ROMEO MONTAGUE (Gayner Rupert) Ed Dunlop 6-9-02 George Baker [11]

9) STATUTORY (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-03 Kieren Fallon [5]

10) ROYAL IRISH HUSSAR (IRE) (Triermore Stud) Nicky Henderson p4-9-00 Jamie Spencer [9]

11) DOLLAR BILL (Ruth Gifford & Friends) Nick Gifford v5-9-02 Sam Hitchcott [1]

PU) DARK RANGER (Recycled Products Limited) Tim Pitt 8-9-02 Oisin Murphy [12]

PU) PETARA BAY (IRE) (Christian Leech) Sophie Leech 10-9-02 Saleem Golam [13]

 

13 ran

Non-runners: Whiplash Willie (going), Petaluma (self cert – bruised foot), Mubaraza (vets cert – lame), Swinging Hawk (self cert – lame)

Time: 4m 49.82s

Distances: 1½, nk, 6, nk, 3¼, nk, 10, 10, 5, 39

Breeder: Elevage Avicole Lozac’H-Leyan Et Al

Breeding: gr g Martaline – Six Fois Sept (FR) (Epervier Bleu)

Tote      Win £3.30          Place £1.50 £2.80 £2.20 Exacta £31.50

 

Winning Trainer: Mullins,Willie Date of Birth: 15/9/56 Based: Closutton, Bagenalstown, Co CarlowBackground: Born September 15, 1956, Willie Mullins was six-times amateur champion rider in Ireland and his major successes in the saddle included the 1983 John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase at Aintree on Atha Cliath, before taking out a training licence in 1988. He hails from one of Ireland’s most famous racing families, being a son of Paddy Mullins, the now retired outstanding all-round trainer, whose most famous star was Dawn Run, winner of the 1984 Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup two years later. Willie Mullins is the most successful current Irish trainer at the Cheltenham Festival, where he has recorded 33 victories. He also saddled the 2005 Grand National winner Hedgehunter. Major Flat Wins Include: Ulster Derby (1999 General Cloney), Ebor (2009 Sesenta)Royal Ascot Wins (3): Ascot Handicap (2012 Simenon), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2012 Simenon, 2014 Pique Sous) Flat Wins in Britain in 2014: 1

 

Winning Jockey: Moore, Ryan Lee Date Of Birth: September 18, 1983 Background: Father Gary is a trainer, and brother Jamie is a successful National Hunt jockey. Ryan initially rode over jumps as well, notching his first success on Mersey Beat in an amateur riders’ event at Towcester on May 15, 2000. Switching to the flat, Ryan enjoyed his first success as a professional when winning aboard Marwell’s Kris for Belgian trainer E C Chopin in at Lingfield on January 16, 2002.Appointed stable jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in December 2007. Champion Apprentice: 2003 (59 wins) Champion Jockey: 2006 (180 wins), 2008 (186 wins), 2009 (179 wins). British Classic Wins (4): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce, 2013 Ruler Of The World), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2012 Homecoming Queen) Irish Classic Wins (2): Irish 1,000 Guineas (2014 Marvellous), Irish Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy) Group One Wins Include: Canadian International (2013 Joshua Tree), Dewhurst Stakes (2009 Beethoven), Dubai Sheema Classic (2014 Gentildonna), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2009 Conduit), Investec Coronation Cup (2009 Ask, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey), Juddmonte International (2006 Notnowcato), Eclipse Stakes (2007 Notnowcato), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2008 & 2009 Conduit, 2013 Magician), Japan Cup (2013 Gentildonna), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2009 Spanish Moon, 2013 Novellist), Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2010 Workforce), Hong Kong Cup (2010 Snow Fairy) First Royal Ascot Win: Colony, King George V Stakes, June 2008 Royal Ascot Wins (27): Coronation Stakes (2014 Rizeena), King George V Handicap (2008 Colony), Queen’s Vase (2008 Patkai, 2012 Estimate), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2008 Sugar Ray; 2013 Opinion, 2014 Arab Spring), Tercentenary Stakes (2009 Glass Harmonium, 2014 Cannock Chase), Wolferton Handicap (2009 Perfect Stride), Wokingham Handicap (2009 High Standing), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall), Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (2010 Strawberrydaiquiri, 2014 Integral), Hardwicke Stakes (2010 Harbinger, 2011 Await The Dawn, 2012 Sea Moon, 2014 Telescope), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2010 Bergo, 2012 Simenon, 2014 Pique Sous), Coventry Stakes (2011 Power), Chesham Stakes (2011 Maybe), Ascot Handicap (2012 Simenon), Britannia Handicap (2012 Fast Or Free), Gold Cup (2013 Estimate), King Edward VII Stakes (2013 Hillstar) Number of Wins (2000-2013): 6; 0; 39; 59; 132; 120; 182; 128; 192; 178; 138; 101; 116; 194 Wins in 2014: 80