Ervedya to shine in Coronation Stakes
The Coronation Stakes at 4.20 at Royal Ascot on Friday is a Group 1 mile race for three-year-old fillies. The race invariably attracts the best of their generation with previous winners including Russian Rhythm (2003), Attraction (2004), Ghanaati (2009) and Sky Lantern (2013).
Classic form from England, Ireland and France is brought together in this year’s renewal. Lucida and Found, runners-up at Newmarket and the Curragh, meet French 1000 Guineas winner Ervedya.
Lucida finished second to Legatissimo, leading inside the final furlong but being unable to hold off the strong finishing filly from David Wachman’s stable. She proved that she was a top class filly last year when winning the Rockfel Stakes and she acts well on good to firm ground.
Found was ante-post favourite for the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket but was a late withdrawal. She was beaten in heavy ground at the Curragh but ran a good race when chasing home Pleascach in the Irish Guineas. Connections considered stepping her up in trip for the Oaks but have decided to keep her at a mile for the time-being.
The going could be vital to the prospects of French challenger, Ervedya. She is a daughter of Siyouni owned by His Highness The Aga Khan and beat Irish Rookie by three-quarters of a length at Longchamp.
Christophe Soumillon rode her with confidence from her high draw that day, content to bide his time before swooping in the home straight. She was runner-up to Found at the Arc meeting in October but was chased up to the front that day from a wide draw and could be capable of turning the tables. Her best form is on good to soft or soft ground so any rain that falls during the week will improve her chances.
Irish Rookie has been supplemented for the race after her fine run in France. She had also run with credit when finishing sixth in the Newmarket Guineas while John Gosden’s Sperry is improving with every race. The daughter of Shamardal won a Conditions race here in April before beating Yasmeen by half a length at York last time.
Arabian Queen put up a fine display of front-running to win at Epsom on Derby day but has a lot more to do here. Local Time looked a very smart filly for Godolphin when winning the UAE Oaks in February but ran too badly to be true in the Guineas.
Ervedya – Coronation Stakes (Royal Ascot 4.20 Friday) @4.5 Bet365