First Black Type Winner For Blue Point As Big Evs Wins The Windsor Castle

Big Evs (noseband)Megan Ridgwell


Choosing the big stage to provide Darley's first-crop sire Blue Point (Ire) with his first black-type winner, RP Racing's Big Evs (Ire) stormed to an emphatic success in Royal Ascot's Listed Windsor Castle S. which closed Wednesday's card. Alert from the stalls under Jason Hart, the Michael Appleby-trained 20-1 shot who had been second to the re-opposing Hala Emaraaty (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) at Redcar last month was soon in the clear racing towards the stand's side. Powering to the line, the 50,000gns Book 2 purchase issued a three-length beating to Ballydoyle's TDN Rising Star Johannes Brahms (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}), with Inquisitively (GB) (Ten Sovereigns {Ire}) 3/4 of a length away in third.

Out of Hana Lina (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), a daughter of the champion Queen's Logic (Ire) (Grand Lodge) who took the Queen Mary here when it was a group 3 in 2001, Big Evs was not surprising his trainer, who had been third in Tuesday's G1 King's Stand S. “Big Evs worked with Annaf earlier in the week and I thought this has got to have a great chance at Royal Ascot, because Annaf is a machine,” he said. “We really fancied him at Redcar, but the draw did us.”

“It's a great team effort and thanks to [owner] Paul [Teasdale] for sending him to me,” Appleby added. He's got so much speed–I've never had a horse as quick as him. I'm not sure what we'll do next. There are some big targets to come for him now, so we'll see where we go with him.”

Hart added, “Mick was quietly confident and said this horse had done an excellent bit of work. He has taken a big step forward from his Redcar run and put up a good performance. I was massively hopeful we could reverse the placings with Hala Emaraaty, because there is a massive track bias at Redcar at the moment and I was drawn on the stands' side. If you don't get on the far side, you've not really got much chance and I had to use a lot of horse to get a good position. That told in the final 100 yards, but the horse has come on a lot for that run.”

Paul Teasdale revealed the meaning behind the winner's title. “I named Big Evs after someone very special, a man who I knew for 40 years, but he died in November. He was Paul Evans–we called him Evs and he was a big guy. We went racing together for 25 years and so to win this means so much.”

Pedigree Notes
The dam, who also has a yearling filly by Ribchester (Ire), is carrying on a rich Ascot tradition via her son with the aforementioned Queen's Logic who went on to win the G1 Cheveley Park S. and G2 Lowther S. also responsible for the high-class sprinter Lady Of The Desert (Rahy) who took the G2 Diadem S. and G3 Princess Margaret S. at this venue. She went on to produce Queen Kindly (GB) (Frankel {GB}), another Lowther winner who was third in the G3 Albany S. The family also features the champion Dylan Thomas (Ire), whose several top-level victories included the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S. and G1 Prince of Wales's S., as well as the fellow Classic-winning luminaries Homecoming Queen (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) and Serpentine (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).

Wednesday, Royal Ascot, Britain
WINDSOR CASTLE S.-Listed, £100,000, Ascot, 6-21, 2yo, 5fT, :59.91, g/f.
1–BIG EVS (IRE), 131, c, 2, by Blue Point (Ire)
1st Dam: Hana Lina (GB), by Oasis Dream (GB)
2nd Dam: Queen's Logic (Ire), by Grand Lodge
3rd Dam: Lagrion, by Diesis (GB)
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. (50,000gns Ylg '22 TATOCT). O-RP Racing Ltd; B-Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd (IRE); T-Michael Appleby; J-Jason Hart. £56,710. Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $74,891.
2–Johannes Brahms (GB), 131, c, 2, Siyouni (Fr)–Illaunmore, by Shamardal. 1ST BLACK TYPE. (200,000gns Ylg '22 TATOCT). O-Tabor, Smith, Magnier, Westerberg & Brant; B-Chasemore Farm (GB); T-Aidan O'Brien. £21,500.
3–Inquisitively (GB), 131, c, 2, Ten Sovereigns (Ire)–Ballyalla (GB), by Mind Games (GB). 1ST BLACK TYPE. (45,000gns Wlg '21 TADEWE; 40,000gns Ylg '22 TATOCT). O-Justin Casse & Partners; B-Glebe Farm Stud (GB); T-Ollie Sangster. £10,760.
Margins: 3, 3/4, NK. Odds: 20.00, 3.33, 18.00.
Also Ran: Up The Manor (GB), Alabama (Ire), Myconian (Ire), Hala Emaraaty (Ire), Ganesha (GB), Mayo Neighs (Ire), Supersonic Man (GB), Barnwell Boy (GB), Muqtahem (Ire), World of Darcy (Ire), Lieutenant Rascal (Ire), Action Point (Ire), Scoops Ahoy (Ire), Fusterlandia (Ire), Sergeant Wilko (Ire), Bombay Bazaar (GB), Sir Bolton (Ire), Hackman (Ire), Magnificent Match (Fr), Maximum Impact (GB). Scratched: Fandom (GB), Seven Questions (Ire), Two Tribes (GB).

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