Washington Heights wins G3 Abernant Stakes for Hambleton Racing Horse Racing Syndicate close home

Royal Ascot trio ready

11th June 2024

We’re once again delighted to have runners ready to represent their owners at Royal Ascot next week and excitement is building for all concerned.

This year’s Group 3 winner Washington Heights will head our Royal Ascot trio.

Kevin Ryan reports that our sprint ace is in fine fettle ahead of a tilt at the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes, which will be staged on Saturday 22 June.

The four-year-old made a winning seasonal reappearance at Newmarket in April in the Group 3 Abernant Stakes before the progressive son of Washington DC ran a bold race in the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes at York where he only went down by three parts of a length in a blanket finish.

Since then money-spinning Washington Heights – purchased for just £24,000 as a yearling – has been building up to the £1 million six-furlong showdown, contested on day five of the Royal meeting.

Reporting on his progress, Kevin said: “I have no doubt he’s capable of being competitive at Group 1 level. He’s done all his serious work now and is right where I want him going into Ascot.

Hambleton Racing’s head racing manager Cosmo Charlton confirmed a large contingent of his horse racing syndicate will be roaring on Washington Heights at Royal Ascot.

Charlton said: “The owners of Washington Heights have enjoyed a great journey with him so far and are living every moment.

“He’ll have a great team at Ascot to support him for his Group 1 debut. Win, lose or draw, the day should make some more special memories for his owners.

“Not much beats having a runner at Royal Ascot. Winning down there is something special, but we tend to find our owners have a great day whatever the result.”

Hambleton Racing’s Royal Ascot trio are completed by two runners from Archie Watson’s Lambourn team.

Archie has once again targeted the £175,000 Royal Hunt Cup for Tempus, who – on his best form – is favourably treated at the weights.

Archie said: “Tempus is in great form and loves the straight track at Ascot. He has finished third in a Hunt Cup off 100 and seventh off 109. He is running off 96 this year and I hope can run another huge race if the race sets up well for him.”

Stablemate Beamish will be in action on the opening day in the £110,000 Copper Horse Handicap, staged over a mile and six furlongs for horses aged four and upwards.

The lightly-raced six-year-old shaped with promise on his first start for connections in an extended two-mile handicap at Newbury where he finished sixth, beaten only by just over four lengths.

Watson said: “Beamish is a talented stayer. I was very pleased with his first run for us at Newbury. That will have brought him forward off such a long break (544 days) and I hope he can be very competitive at Ascot.”

The Hambleton Racing success story can point to more than 300 winners since its inception nearly 20 years ago, including Lightning Cloud’s win in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Cosmo added: “Royal Ascot is the pinnacle of our sport and winning down there is something else. But just by having runners at the meeting we’re often helping owners realise a dream.”

It’s sure to be another memorable week of action and at the world’s greatest Flat racing meeting. Here’s hoping the Hambleton trio can give their owners some a day to remember.

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