The Coronation Stakes is another important test for the best three-year-old fillies around. More often than not it becomes a showdown for the winners and placed horses from the English, Irish and French 1000 Guineas.
This Group 1 event, run over one mile during Royal Ascot, is the third leg in the QIPCO British Champions Series Fillies & Mares category.
Trends And Statistics
- Price: 4 of the last 10 winners were favourites/joint favourites, 8/10 winners were in the top 3 in the betting.
- Last run: 5/10 winners won on their last run, 10/10 winners had their last run within the last 45 days.
- Previous course form: 4/10 winners had at least one previous run at Ascot, two of the four had at least one previous win at Ascot.
- Rating: 10/10 winners had a rating of 108 or higher.
- French challengers have won three of the past seven runnings.
- Since 1946 the longest-priced winner has been Rebecca Sharp (1997) at 25-1.
Mick Channon’s Adorable showed real fighting spirit to take the Listed Prix Volterra at Longchamp last time out.
Her form suggests she needs a bit of cut in the ground which is highly unlikely to come along by Friday, this making her somewhat of a negative choice here.
Aim Of Artemis
Aim Of Artemis was ridden by Robert Havlin to win a Fillies’ Novice Stakes at Newmarket first time up this season, but the manner of her victory showed that she is a horse to keep an eye on in the future.
Considering the high esteem her trainer is held in, it’s a little surprising she is trading around the 25/1 mark.
Alpha Centauri secured a first classic success for dual-purpose trainer Jessica Harrington when landing the Irish 1000 Guineas and she will also be aiming to give her handler an inaugural Royal Ascot.
Harrington came close to a Royal Ascot winner last season with Alpha Centauri when the grey just found Different League too strong in the closing stages of the Albany.
Richard Hannon had Royal Ascot pencilled in for Anna Nerium straight after her good second in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes.
Wilamina, who beat her that day, ran a fine third in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes on Wednesday to help frank the form.
The daughter of Champs Elysees sprang a 66-1 shock when beating Laurens in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket last month and we all know what Laurens has achieved since.
There will be no way this filly will be going off a double-figure price on Friday.
Having won a Group One at Woodbine for Marco Botti last year, she was transferred to Bill Mott for a Breeders’ Cup tilt.
After her return to Botti earlier this year she finished fourth, beaten just half a length, in the French 1000 Guineas last time out.
Aidan O'Brien's Group One-winning filly could not land a blow in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, but her trainer is convinced she will come on for that last run.
Her form at two was superb and O'Brien was keen to stress that she badly needed her belated seasonal reappearance in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.
Coeur De Beaute
Mauricio Delcher-Sanchez sends over Poule d'Essai des Pouliches runner-up Coeur De Beaute to the Coronation Stakes, hoping to reverse the Longchamp form with Teppal on this occasion.
The Japanese owned filly has been a model of consistency and should feature on any shortlist.
She ran third in an ordinary looking novice race at Haydock last time in which she never got on terms with the first two.
Probably best to look elsewhere.
Unbeaten Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Teppal will be hoping to come out as the best filly in Europe when the winners of all the principal 1,000 Guineas races (i.e England, Ireland and France) clash in the Coronation Stakes for the first time since 2009.
Trainer David Simcock once again calls open the services of ace French jockey, Olivier Peslier to bring his filly home.
Mark Johnston’s Threading bolted up in a Listed contest at York last month and takes a step up in class here.
Owned by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, there is no reason why the filly shouldn’t put up a bold show against her comtempories.
Connections of Veracious rated her a "50-50" chance of being ready for this race but they appear to have got there in the end.
This daughter of Frankel has not been seen at all this season after having met with a setback in the build-up to last month's 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.
The Cheveley Park Stud-owned and Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly has only a maiden win at Newmarket to her name and it would be a massive achievement should she win this first time up.
Andrew Balding’s Whitefountainfairy was a neck win over Natural at Lingfield last time out and takes a massive leap into the unknown in this company.
Formerly trained by Jessica Harrington in Ireland, the filly is now based with Balding and is owned by Leicester City's billionaire owner and chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
888sport suggests: Coeur De Beaute (e/w)
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*