There was no bigger fairytale win at Royal Ascot in 2018 than that of Accidental Agent – the horse nobody wanted to buy at the sales who provided his trainer, Eve Johnson Houghton, and Charlie Bishop, his jockey, with their first wins at Royal Ascot and also at Group 1 level.
Bishop’s previous 250 wins in Britain had been more of the bread-and-butter variety – only two of them at Listed or Group class.
The 24-year-old, attached to the Johnson Houghton yard, timed things to perfection at the Royal meeting to win by half a length and a neck from Lord Glitters and Lightning Spear.
Bishop, born and raised in Herefordshire near the town of Ledbury, said: “I’m glad I’m getting the opportunities and am good enough to deliver – to get a Group One winner, let alone a Royal Ascot winner, is incredible.
“I’ve been riding out at Eve’s for quite a few years, and when I first went there she said she couldn’t promise me rides, but thought I should stick my head down and see what happens. From there she got some better horses and things took off. Hopefully, there are a lot more to come. I never dreamt I could come this far.
“Along the way I’ve had a bit of belief in myself, but you have to just keep grafting and hoping for the best. It was great to ride my first winner, then to lose my claim, and while it went a bit quiet for a while I kept working away and hoping for the best. Luckily things have taken off again.”
Of Accidental Agent’s victory he said: “It’s been a great team effort by everyone at Eve’s – it’s unbelievable. Eve has done a fantastic job with him and she was the one who wanted to come here. It was a brave shout but it has paid off. I thought at the furlong pole he might finish in the frame, which was what we dreamt of, and then he quickened up again.”
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