Royal Ascot: Guide to the runners in the Coronation Stakes
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 20/06/14 12:17pm
Our guide to the runners and riders in Friday's Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Trainer: Marco Botti. Jockey: Andrea Atzeni
Ran well for a long way in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket last month but that race suggested a mile might just be the limit of this filly’s stamina unless she is ridden with a little more restraint on this occasion. Rating: 5/10.
Trainer: Brian Meehan. Jockey: Jimmy Fortune
Won the race that should still be known as the Fred Darling in decent fashion and was a credible sixth in the French 1,000 Guineas as well, but like Euro Charline she appeared to struggle to get the trip finishing behind French Oaks winner Avenir Certain. Could be vulnerable in the closing stages but should give each-way punters a run for their money. Rating: 8/10.
Trainer: Charles Hills. Jockey: Jamie Spencer
A late withdrawal from the 1,000 Guineas after a setback, and that leaves her making a seasonal debut in this tough contest. I thought she might struggle to stay a mile in the Guineas preview and that thought remains, especially without a run under her belt. Rating: 4/10.
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Trainer: Jean-Claude Rouget. Jockey: Christophe Soumillon
Went off favourite for the French 1,000 Guineas but ran well below-par and has a lot to prove on the quickest ground she will have ever encountered on the race-track. Rating: 3/10.
Trainer: Olly Stevens. Jockey: Olivier Peslier
Has finished second in the 1,000 and Irish 1,000 Guineas, beaten by Miss France and Marvellous. Clearly has the best form in the field and should enjoy the ground so has plenty going for her despite never having won a race above conditions grade. Peslier rides for the first time in place of unlucky Harry Bentley. Rating: 9/10.
Trainer: George Margarson. Jockey: Richard Hughes
Prolific winner over sprint trips last year but she ran an awful race in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and has too many question marks to consider in a wide-open Group 1, stamina being the biggest one. Rating: 2/10.
Trainer: John Oxx. Jockey: Declan McDonogh
Looked a very promising filly towards the end of 2013 but has not been seen since the end of last September. Likely to go into this race as favourite but that might be because she is one of few in the field not to have been beaten in top-grade races this season. Rating: 7/10.
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute. Jockey: James Doyle
Ran a reasonable race in Listed company at York on her seasonal debut but a disappointing run behind Lightning Thunder in the Oh So Sharp Stakes late last season leaves her with a lot to find. Rating: 4/10.
Trainer: Clive Brittain. Jockey: Ryan Moore
Disappointing when seventh in the 1,000 Guineas last month, beaten by a couple of her rivals here, but she went into this year as the top-rated filly in training and there has to be every chance she will improve for her seasonal debut and make it three wins from three visits to Ascot. Rating: 10/10.
Trainer: Kenny McPeek. Jockey: Kieren Fallon
American raider whose last run came in the Kentucky Oaks. She has some placed form in top grade company across the Atlantic but almost impossible to know how she will cope back on turf for the first time since her winning debut at lowly Ellis Park. Rating: 2/10.
Trainer: Richard Fahey. Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Another Newmarket also-ran heading into this race with question marks. Her win over Euro Charline in the Nell Gwyn was also questionable, with the runner-up meeting trouble in running, and she needs to get back to her form from the middle of last summer to have a chance here. Rating: 4/10.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien. Jockey: Joseph O’Brien
Eased and tailed off when last in the 1,000 Guineas after being sent off as favourite. Beautifully-bred but unlike a number of her rivals here she might come into her own over longer trips. Comes from all-powerful yard but is still best-watched on this occasion. Rating: 5/10.
A lot of fingers have been burned over a number of these fillies, none more than RIZEENA, who was talked of as a likely 1,000 Guineas winner all winter. She only finished seventh in that race but has a tremendous record at Ascot and compensation awaits. Newmarket runner-up Lightning Thunder could well chase her home with J Wonder possibly best of the outsiders.