HEY Jonesy completed a big sprint double for jockey Kevin Stott and trainer Kevin Ryan in hanging on for victory in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot.
After claiming the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Hello Youmzain just 35 minutes earlier, Stott and Ryan teamed up to take the feature six-furlong handicap of the week.
The field split into two groups and it was the far side that had the upper hand from the start. Hey Jonesy (18/1) was on the favoured part from stall 10 and led in the final furlong.
However, he was left needing the winning post badly as Summerghand (15/2) came from the stands side to claw back the deficit and just fail. Spanish City (16/1) was third, with Gulliver (12/1) fourth.
Adam Ryan, assistant to his father, said: “For whatever reason the last sort of six months he hasn’t clicked, but he came back sound after Tuesday (having finished down the field in the Buckingham Palace Handicap) and we thought running quickly might spark him back to life.
“Kevin gave him a positive ride and it’s worked. It was tough watching the final furlong with them closing on him.
“He had some class form as a two-year-old and it’s all about catching him right.
“We won’t ever forget this last half hour, that’s for sure. The last few months have been tough for everyone, but there were no complaints from the staff – this is down to them.
“This is the only day I’ve been down all week so I got the right day!
“We have full faith in Kevin we always have, and he’s getting better with experience and confidence. The owners are happy to have him and he’s an integral part of the team.”
Chiefofchiefs benefited from a drop in trip to land the Silver Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot and strike for the first time since January 2019.
Having been campaigned over seven furlongs and a mile, connections felt this consolation race for the Wokingham later on the card was the right race to try six furlongs.
They were proved right, as the seven-year-old came with a strong late run to hit the front in the closing stages and give trainer Charlie Fellowes his second winner of the week after Onassis in the Sandringham Stakes.
William Buick bided his time on Chiefofchiefs (20/1), as Vintage Brut set the pace. Nahaarr took over and set sail for home, but he was collared in the last 100 yards.
Chiefofchiefs was in control at the finish to score by a length and quarter, with Burmese Waltz second and Nahaarr a head away in third.
Royal Ascot 2020 came to a close with the Queen Alexandra Stakes which, at two miles, five and a half furlongs, is the longest race in the calendar.
It proved to be an exciting conclusion to the week as Who Dares Wins (evens favourite) and The Grand Visir (11/4) fought it out over the final furlong, just a neck separating the pair at the line.
The Alan King-trained winner was partnered by Tom Marquand, with Richard Kingscote on board the Ian Williams-trained runner-up.
Mukha Magic rewarded each-way backers with odds of 40/1, a four-year-old from the Gay Kelleway stable, finishing two and a quarter lengths adrift in third in the hands of Ben Curtis.