Accidental Agent (left) beats Lord Glitters in the Queen Anne
Accidental Agent was a shock winner of the Queen Anne Stakes, the first race of Royal Ascot 2018.
Trained by Eve Johnson Houghton, the four-year-old was a largely unconsidered 33-1 shot for the Group One contest over the straight mile, having finished sixth behind the reopposing Rhododendron in last month’s Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
With Deauville setting the fractions in front, Charles Bishop took his time aboard Accidental Agent, settling him at the very rear of the field before making his move inside the final three furlongs.
As Rhododendron weakened out of contention, Lockinge runner-up Lightning Spear looked to have every chance of going one better as the post loomed, but he was caught late on by both 20-1 shot Lord Glitters and Accidental Agent.
Like Rhododendron, the well-backed 11-4 favourite Benbatl was disappointing.
An emotional Johnson Houghton – bagging her first ever Group One success – admitted she had been hoping for a place at best.
She said: “I thought I was tilting at windmills and I dreamt about being third. I thought ‘my god, I’m going to be placed’ – there was an awful lot of screaming going on.
“It’s just ridiculous. I have all my cousins and brothers and my mum here – I don’t think she’s ever going to get over it.”