Coronation Stakes: One stage, three stars
by Geir Stabell (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Globeform (http://www.globeform.com)
Last update: 2007-06-21 10:31:25 (First published: 2007-06-21 06:29:49 )
Royal Ascot Friday: Three brilliant fillies meet in the Coronation Stakes (G1), a prize Nannina took for Newmarket last year.
The home team will be in deep trouble this time, however, as none of the three is trained in England. Ireland’s dual Guineas winner Finsceal Beo is just about hanging on to favouritism, ahead of the French filly Darjina, who just beat her in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (G1) at Longchamp in May. At first glance this may look like a pure rematch between the two, but examine the German raider Mi Emma’s form and you will soon realise that it’s is not. She is coming off a 9-length win in her domestic Guineas, where she beat a filly who went on to take the Oaks. By five lengths!
CORONATION STAKES (G1)
Royal Ascot 22 June 2007 – 1 mile turf (round course)
Horses presented with best Globeform, sire, rider
A ‘+’ after horse indicates improvement expected
118 – DARJINA (Zamindar) ++ / C Soumillion
118 – FINSCEAL BEO (Mr Greeley) / K Manning
117 – MI EMMA (Silvano) + / E Pedroza
114 – RAHIYAH (Rahy) T Durcan
111 – ARCH SWING (Arch) + / M Kinane
110 – MAJESTIC ROI (Street Cry) + / J Spencer
110 – INDIAN INK (Indian Ridge) / R Hughes
110 – SILK BLOSSOM (Barathea) M Hills
107 – MISSIVINSKI (Stravinsky) / C-P Lemaire
103 – SCARLET RUNNER (Night Shift) / K McEvoy
102 – YAQEEN (Green Desert) + / R Hills
101 – PUGGY (Mark Of Esteem) / L Dettori
100 – CHERRY HINTON (Green Desert) + / J Murtagh
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FINSCEAL BEO (Mr Greeley) GF07s
Darjina beat Finsceal Beo by just a head in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (G1) at Longchamp in May but, coming from off the pace, she looked much the best – and she is more likely to improve again than the Irish filly. Finsceal Beo had been impressive in the 1000 Guineas (G1) at Newmarket though, where she cruised home from Arch Swing, and she was not at her absolute best in France (just a week after Newmarket). So, that performance is not such a worry, it is more worrying that she had to dig deep to win the Irish 1000 Guineas (G1). She just held on by a neck from Dimentica. On our ratings, that was below her form in Paris. Perhaps Finsceal Beo’s spring training was geared so much at winning the premier fillies’ Guineas in Europe, that she has taken a ‘bounce’ and regressed now. It is easy to choose Darjina over Finsceal Beo, for three reasons. Firstly, she has beaten her already, secondly she is likely to be more at home over the round mile here at Ascot (provided we get a n honest pace).
The French filly must be the selection but there is another danger, in the shape of the unbeaten German runner Mi Emma. Her form is not so easy to assess but – unless this is an unusually poor year in Germany – she is also top class. She simply hammered Mystic Lips by 9 lengths in the German 1000 Guineas (G2) at Dusseldorf, and Mystic Lips went straight from that race to an easy 5-length win in the German Oaks (G2). One could hardly imagine a better boost for Mi Emma. At around 5-1 she represents excellent ach way value.
A: 3 DARJINA
B: 4 FINSCEAL BEO, 7 MI EMMA
WIN: 3 Darjina
A: 3 with 4, 7
B: 4, 7 with 3
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