Dream Royal Ascot success for Stow Bridge butcher

Jockey Martin Harley celebrates winning the King's Stand Stakes on Goldream during day one of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 16, 2015. See PA story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial or promotional use. No private sales. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information RACING_Stand_1554148.JPG
Jockey Martin Harley celebrates winning the King's Stand Stakes on Goldream during day one of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 16, 2015. See PA story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial or promotional use. No private sales. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information RACING_Stand_1554148.JPG

His horse may have landed one of the most valuable sprint races in the world at Ascot - but it was just a small celebration for Stow Bridge butcher Jeff Sargeant on Tuesday evening.

Goldream - winner of the King’s Stand Stakes - collected a prize £212,662 for co-owner Mr Sargeant, who toasted the horse’s amazing success with a quiet meal and a couple of drink at the Hare Arms in Stow Bardolph.

The six-year-old, trained by Robert Cowell, came out on top in the five furlong dash at big odds of 20 to 1.

Mr Sargeant said: “I have been involved with the horse for three years. It’s my biggest win as an owner and they don’t come much bigger than Tuesday.

“We had a quiet meal and a couple of drinks at the Hare Arms. I think the landlord was happy as I told him to back the horse and it won.

“It was very exciting and he was running against the very best, so I am very pleased. They call Robert the Sprint King and this is why.

“Robert felt he was good enough to be in the first four but the conditions were perfect for the horse and he also had a good draw.”

Newmarket handler Mr Cowell said: “It’s brilliant for people like Jeff, who is an incredibly patient owner and loves the sport.

“Jeff has had horses with me for a number of years and it’s lovely to see. It’s fantastic for him and also great for me.

“It just goes to show that the sport isn’t for the fabulously-rich and fabulously-famous and that it caters for everyone.

“I think it will hit Jeff more when he watches the videos and sees all of the replays of the race.”

Mr Cowell added: “Goldream has been brilliant. I must say I didn’t think he’d win a race like this, but I thought he was getting to that sort of level.

“It was a brilliant ride, I’m so pleased for the owners who have stuck with this horse, we decided to raise the bar and they told me to do what I want.”

The horse had been in good form following a win at Newmarket last month.

But that was nothing compared to Tuesday’s surprise success for Mr Sargeant, who has always had an avid interest in the sport.

“I’ve got three other horses with Robert, but they are not quite in the same class as Goldream.

“I also have a foal which was born in March so we are also looking ahead to the future.

“I’ve always enjoyed going to the races and my father, who was involved with show jumping, first got me into horses.”

Next up for Goldream could be the Nunthorpe Stakes, at York, in August with the Prix de l’Abbaye, at Longchamp near Paris, in October and next year’s Dubai racing carnival also future possibilities.

Tuesday was the latest King’s Stand Stakes success story for horseracing owners in West Norfolk.

Back in 2011, Prohibit, also trained by Mr Cowell, won for Castle Rising-based owners Allen and Diane Rix.