Coronation Stakes guide
Aidan O'Brien holds a strong hand in Friday's feature race at Royal Ascot, the Group 1 Coronation Stakes.
O'Brien sends out probably the season's leading filly, Winter, who arrived at Ballydoyle over the winter after David Wachman retired and has since won the English and Irish 1,000 Guineas.
She has form on fast and soft ground and looks to be a good thing to make it a hat-trick, but our guide might provide a clue or two for some other markets. Read on for more…
Trainer: John Gosden. Jockey: Jim Crowley
Started her three-year-old career with a fluent success in the Fred Darling but was unable to run in the French 1,000 Guineas after a bad scope. She has to improve a little on that Newbury victory and still has to prove she will be as effective at a mile. Rating: 6/10
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien. Jockey: Padraig Beggy
Finished third behind Winter in the Irish 1,000 Guineas after running poorly in the English version at Newmarket behind the same filly. Looks to be playing for place money only but there is plenty of that. Rating: 5/10
Trainer: Mark Casse. Jockey: Florent Geroux
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Has won her last two races in the United States but both of those were in Grade 3 company and she would appear to have a lot to find on her first overseas venture. Trained by the man who looked after last year's Queen Anne winner Tepin. Rating 5/10
Trainer: Fabrice Chappet. Jockey: Olivier Peslier
Very game winner of the French 1,000 Guineas and looks to be a filly on the upgrade, but she has never run on quick ground and both of her wins have come with plenty of cut. That is enough to pass on her this time. Rating: 4/10
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien. Jockey: Seamie Heffernan
Snatched second from Hydrangea in the Irish 1,000 Guineas but was still the best part of five lengths adrift of Winter. She was a fast-ground winner in Group 2 company as a juvenile and has to be in the shake-up for a place. Rating: 7/10
Trainer: Roger Varian. Jockey: Andrea Atzeni
Stepped up with a win in Listed grade at York last time out and represents an in-form trainer, but whether she is up to challenging Winter is another question. Could be in the mix for second though. Rating: 7/10
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien. Jockey: Ryan Moore
Stands head and shoulders above her rivals in this field and really should make it three from three after winning the English and Irish versions of the 1,000 Guineas. She has impressed in both and could take this on the way to challenging the colts later in the campaign. Rating: 10/10
On all known form, this should really go to WINTER. She has been imperious in winning the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and The Curragh and that form looks stronger than the French version won by Precieuse on soft ground. Of those at bigger prices, or in the without Winter market, Tomyris and Roly Poly make most appeal.
1 WINTER; 2 Tomyris; 3 Roly Poly.
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