Royal Ascot WInner For Ivan Allan
The mercurial Ivan Allan has done it again. Just when his career as a trainer is winding down he has come up with another personal first as the owner of a winner at Royal Ascot.
Allan owns Chateau Istana, winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot.
Chateau Istana provided a wonderful back-up to the performance of Hong Kong sprinter Cape Of Good Hope, who ran so bravely for second in the G2 King’s Stand Stakes on the opening day.
Allan’s Chateau Istana, named after the historic residence of the president of Singapore, was having only his third start and comfortably racked up his second win in the Listed race over five furlongs.
The well-bred Grand Lodge also provided trainer Nick Littmoden and jockey Tom Queally with their first Royal Ascot wins.
Allan, the three-times champion Hong Kong trainer, said he had gone close to winning before at Royal Ascot with Commanche Run, his multiple Group One winner of the mid 1980s, and several other horses.
Allan met Littmoden in 2000 after buying the classy sprinter Cliffhanger from the Newmarket trainer to race in Hong Kong.
Cliffhanger ran third to Fairy King Prawn in the 2001 Bauhinia Sprint Trophy and second to the champion again in the Chairman’s Sprint Prize.
He only won the one race, the 2001 Chief Executives Cup, but did earn $HK4.2 million in prizemoney.
Allan is a renowned international owner, his oversea successes including the English St Leger and Champion Stakes with Commanche Run, the New Zealand Derby with Jolly Jake, the STC Coolmore Classic with Strawberry Fair and the VRC Oaks with My Tristram’s Belle.
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John Hawkes has long been among the legendary figures in the training ranks in Australia - confirmed by his induction into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2004 - but he would dearly love to add an international Group 1 success to his resume.