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  • 15:05 King's Stand Stakes 5f

  • (Group 1) £300,000 added 3yo+ 19 ran
  • Winner £170,310 2nd £64,560 3rd £32,310 4th £16,110
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 0m 59.50s
  • Off time: 15:09:56

Prohibit sinks overseas raid

Prohibit gains first Group race success in King's Stand Stakes

Last Updated: 14/06/11 3:59pm

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Prohibit gained a first Group race success.

Prohibit gained a first Group race success.

Prohibit gained a deserved success in the Group One King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Prohibit flew home in the final furlong under Jim Crowley to gain a first Group race success and provide Robert Cowell with the biggest success of his training career in the five furlong contest.

The six year old gelding has been knocking on the door this season having made the frame in Group Twos on each of his last two starts but Crowley managed to time his challenge to perfection to put his charge's head in front on the line.

Hungarian challenger Overdose helped to set a blistering gallop and the Budapest Bullet kept boxing away all the way to the line and bounced back to near his best in finishing fourth.

He was collared close home by the sole Australian challenger Star Witness who challenged under the stands side rail and momentarily looked like collecting only to be mugged close home by Prohibit's withering late run.

A cosmopolitan first four was completed by Hong Kong challenger Sweet Sanette under Jamie Spencer who was up there throughout and only beaten a length into third.

Cowell Delight

Cowell said: "I cannot believe this has just happened - I'm just overwhelmed. "I'm so proud and I've taken a bit of flack from people saying I run him too much, but he thrives on his racing.

"He goes into the paddock and within four days he'll have put all the weight back on that he lost in the race before.

"It takes nothing out of him and he's a game, game horse. This is the best day of my racing life without a shadow of a doubt.

"I'm just so pleased for everyone. I can't tell you how much emotion is running through me at the moment."

Prohibit gained a deserved success in the Group One King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Prohibit flew home in the final furlong under Jim Crowley to gain a first Group race success and provide Robert Cowell with the biggest success of his training career in the five furlong contest.

The six year old gelding has been knocking on the door this season having made the frame in Group Twos on each of his last two starts but Crowley managed to time his challenge to perfection to put his charge's head in front on the line.

Hungarian challenger Overdose helped to set a blistering gallop and the Budapest Bullet kept boxing away all the way to the line and bounced back to near his best in finishing fourth.

He was collared close home by the sole Australian challenger Star Witness who challenged under the stands side rail and momentarily looked like collecting only to be mugged close home by Prohibit's withering run.

A cosmopoplitan first four was completed by Hong Kong challenger Sweet Sanette under Jamie Spencer who was up with the pace throughout and only beaten a length into third.

Cowell said: "I cannot believe this has just happened - I'm just overwhelmed. "I'm so proud and I've taken a bit of flack from people saying I run him too much, but he thrives on his racing.

"He goes into the paddock and within four days he'll have put all the weight back on that he lost in the race before.

"It takes nothing out of him and he's a game, game horse. This is the best day of my racing life without a shadow of a doubt.

"I'm just so pleased for everyone. I can't tell you how much emotion is running through me at the moment."

Cowell went on: "He's obviously a horse with an amazing amount of talent, though he's been called a few naughty names in the past.

"Five furlongs is his trip, even one yard more is too much.

"For a small yard with 25 to 30 horses to come to Royal Ascot is a thrill in itself but to win is something else

"To train a Group One winner has been a goal of mine, but with that few horses you never think you are going to achieve that.

"I'm just overwhelmed and now we'll think about the Nunthorpe at York.

We'll play it by ear and by race."

Jim Crowley

Crowley said: "They went a good gallop and this horse is clearly improving all the time.

"He jumped really well from the stalls today - the last few times he has been a little bit slow.

"He ran a great race in France last time but he was a little bit laboured under pressure. He was a different horse today.

"He's run four times in about four weeks, so he clearly loves his racing. The ground is perfect.

"I was travelling really well a furlong and a half out and I wanted to try and come between horses.

"It worked out well as I wasn't too crowded but I could get a run at the same time.

"To be fair to the horse, when he hit the front he picked up by himself.

"It's my first winner here and I was born in the hospital just across the road, so it's nice."

Star Witness

Danny O'Brien, trainer of Star Witness, said: "He didn't have anything to tow him into the race but he kept on going strongly.

"Steven Arnold (jockey) said that things didn't exactly go to plan. We hoped to run him twice over here. He's blown away a few cobwebs and he'll either run on Saturday (in the Golden Jubilee) or in the July Cup.

"He's run well without winning so we'll certainly look at Saturday."

Star Witness has been cut into 6/1 from 8s by Sky Bet to go one better in the Golden Jubilee in just four days' time on the final day of the Royal meeting on Saturday.

Matt Doyle of Sky Bet said: "All Star Witness's best form is over six and his trainer has intimated he could well make a quick return for the Group One Golden Jubilee over his optimum distance after running so well in defeat in the King's Stand."

Sweet Sanette

Tony Millard, trainer of Sweet Sanette, said: "She's not an easy filly to ride and she's got many tricks up her sleeve.

"Jamie said he was going so well it was difficult to hold her back. When he went clear he thought he had the race sown up but Prohibit got up.

"I think she's a real Nunthorpe type, but I've got to speak to the owners as the race is six weeks away and I'm not sure they want her to stay that long."

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