A BREATHTAKING win by 16-1 shot Extortionist in the Windsor Castle Stakes listed race at Royal Ascot has given first season trainer Olly Stevens well-deserved recognition.
Extortionist, owned by Sheikh Suhaim Al Thani, powered home under a fine ride from Johnny Murtagh to win by a neck.
The excellent result is fine reward for Olly and his wife Hetta, herself a significant part of the successful team at the impressive premises at Robins Farm Stables, near Chiddingfold. They train there with the generous support of Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, training his horses and those of other owners.
Following the victory, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani said: ” This is fantastic for Robins Farm Racing Stables and wonderful for a first season trainer. I am delighted.
” The horse has done so well, especially because the pace was on the other side. I’ve always thought of him as a Royal Ascot horse.”
Both Olly and Hetta Stevens were both highly successful in their own rights within racing before they met and married, returning to this country from America last year to take on Robins Farm Stables in the autumn. They have impressed with their knowledge and careful placing of runners emerging from the yard this season, and attention to fine detail.
Before Ascot, Extortionist had won impressively at both Bath and Newmarket, and earned his chance to take a tilt at a Royal Ascot race.
Flying the flag for Robins Farm Racing Stables at Royal Ascot on Thursday will be Green Door, a two-year-old comacho colt owned by bloodstock agent David Redvers.
Does lightning strike twice? It could, given luck in running, for this two-year-old colt won the both at Nottingham and then in impressive style at the Newmarket May meeting in the Mafki Future Stars Maiden race.
He has succeeded so far despite the enigma of being a late foal-born on May 27, and being 25 per cent younger than his counterparts- but has justified Olly’s faith in him by showing he is mentally ready to run.
Either way, Robins Farm Stables is clearly heading to the top.