Delegator's Accidental Agent wins the Queen Anne

Filed on 19 Jun 2018 @ 13:46

Group One winner for Eve Johnson Houghton

The Group One Queen Anne Stakes over a mile at Royal Ascot on Tuesday saw Accidental Agent (Delegator) spring a 33-1 surprise. This is the first Group One winner for Delegator.

The four-year-old, who was bred by Johnson Houghton's mother Gaie came late under Charlie Bishop to beat the David O'Meara-trained Lord Glitters by half a length.

Johnson Houghton, whose father Fulke trained 10 Royal Ascot winners between 1965 and 1988, said: "Unbelievable! I still can't believe it. I haven't slept for two nights. I dreamt that he would be third. My mum bred Accidental Agent - we have got the mare in the field - but nobody wanted to buy him and we bought him back for eight grand.

"I thought I was tilting at windmills. I dreamt about finishing third and then watching it I said 'oh my god, we are going to place.'

"The poor people sitting in front of me and my Mum - I apologise to them - they will definitely be deaf because there was an awful lot of screaming going on. It is just ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous.

"You might need to man the lifeboats as there are a lot of tears! Group One winner... I've never trained a Royal Ascot winner, let alone a Group One winner at Royal Ascot!

"And my mother bred him. What a legend she is - I'm so proud of her. And luckily I had a tiny bit each-way at 50/1 to pay for the party - come on!

"He loves Ascot and had a chance. He is the first foal out of the mare [Roodle], by Delegator. No-one wanted him. It's great - something unbelievably, ridiculously that I dreamt of. I can't believe it has happened, and for it to happen for my Mum is incredible. The horse is named after my grandfather, John Goldsmith, who wrote the book [Accidental Agent: Behind Enemy Lines with the French Resistance] and was in the SOE [Special Operations Executive] and an incredibly brave man. He was a trainer as well.

"This horse takes so much getting ready and getting fit. I knew he wasn't fully fit first time out [when third in a Listed race at Ascot in May] and then second time out [in the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury] we just had tiny set-backs. I did say to Mum, 'whatever happens, I have got him here as well as he can be. He is the best horse he can be. If he's good enough he's good enough; if he's not he's not.'

"Charlie [Bishop] and the horse have grown together. I said 'just go and enjoy it', and he said that he was going to so I said could he please make sure I did too. He certainly did."

Filed on 19 Jun 2018 @ 13:46