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Accidental Agent belied Eve Johnson Houghton’s fears that she was possibly “tilting at windmills” when gaining a thrilling win in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2018.
The four-year-old, who was bred by Johnson Houghton’s mother Gaie, was sent off at 33/1 winner but came late to beat the David O’Meara-trained Lord Glitters by half a length. He was a first Royal Ascot winner and a first Group One winner for Johnson Houghton as well as his jockey Charlie Bishop.
The trainer explained how she ended up with the horse. “My mum bred Accidental Agent – we have got the mare in the field – but nobody wanted to buy him and we bought him back for eight grand,” she said.
“He is the first foal out of the mare [Roodle], by Delegator. No one wanted him. It’s great – something unbelievably, ridiculously that I dreamt of. I can’t believe it has happened, and for it to happen for my Mum is incredible.”
She added: “He is named after my grandfather, John Goldsmith, who wrote the book [Accidental Agent: Behind Enemy Lines with the French Resistance] and was in the SOE [Special Operations Executive] and an incredibly brave man. He was a trainer as well.”
By all accounts, Accidental Agent takes plenty of getting ready and getting fit. He had finished third in a Listed race at Ascot on his return in May and then, next time, when sixth in the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes had suffered an interrupted preparation. But at Ascot, he was in peak shape.
Accidental Agent has not got his head in front since his triumph at the Royal Meeting and made headlines for all the wrong reasons when defending his Queen Anne Stakes in 2019 when refusing to leave the stalls.
However, there have been other notable efforts.
For instance, he was a staying-on third to Mustashry on his return in the Lockinge in 2019 and he was a good fifth in the Queen Anne of 2020. It would no surprise if he lined up in the race for a fourth time in 2021.