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Lucida to be crowned Queen of Royal
Ascot today after landing the highly-pres-
tigious group one, £375000 Coronation
Stakes over the round mile of a good to
firm surface; all signals are in place and
judged on her time-handicap mark, nigh
on seven weeks ago, Jim Bolger s charge
will take hers, in the hallowed winners
Only three-quarters of a length separated
Lucida from impressive winner, Legatissimo,
in the English 1000 Guineas, the former
having quickened clear 300 yards out where
she traded long odds-on in running for
exchange manipulators; the final climb just
exploited a stamina loophole.
That represents outstanding classic form,
much better than the latest sterling effort
by Aidan O Brien-trained, Found, not quite
good enough in the Irish equivalent, when
beaten half a length by Pleascach at The
French 1000 winner and runner-up,
Irish Rookie, add spice to what promises to
be a tremendous spectacle; this is the real
Ladies Day and Lucida, assisted by veteran
Kevin Manning, can recoup those New-
market losses incurred on the famous Rowley
Will Limato gain revenge over Adaay in
the first running of an eighteen-runner
group one Commonwealth Cup over six
furlongs or is Muhaarah about to prove too
On good to soft at Haydock last month
Limato lost his unbeaten record when Adaay
proved just too strong, winning by a length;
the actual time-figure was disappointing,
inconclusive, but William Haggas charge
is progressing and will probably confirm
placings; Muhaarah could be the fly in the
ointment even though this distance might
be a tad too short.
Muhaarah clocked an impressive TH mark
when winning the Greenham over seven
furlongs and then ran remarkably well in
the French 2000 given he was drawn wide,
close to the River Seine; he s class and that
might just prove the key to what promises
to be a wonderful extra for a truly great
Charles Hills trains Muhaarah for Hamdan
Al Maktoum and later stable-companion
Elronaq carries his famous blue colours in
the sixteen-runner Maiden Stakes over six
furlongs, during the first evening programme
of 2015 on the July course; look no further
for the winner!
Ryan Moore landed his eighth Royal
Ascot winner in the first three days of the
meeting when the 10/1 shot War Envoy
finished with a flourish to claim the Bri-
The field split into two groups and Aus-
picion took them along on the near side but
the overall leader appeared to be Bow And
Arrow, who took the far side group along.
Udododontu (14/1) travelled well and
surged into the lead in the closing stages
but War Envoy charged home under the
unstoppable Moore and got up in the final
strides to score by a neck.
Sacrificial (28/1) ran a great race to lead
home the near-side group and finished a
length further back in third, with Carry On
Deryck (33/1) taking fourth place.
The winner was enjoying a significant
drop in class, having had his last three runs
in the Craven Stakes, the French 2000
Guineas and the French Derby.
Moore said: "It was a bit tricky. I was
hoping they wouldn t split as uneven as
that and there wasn t as many horses as I
would have liked (on the far side).
"They got well strung out but fortunately
we had the speed on our side.
"They got racing a long way out and I
just kept waiting and, fortunately, I didn t
find traffic this time (he had met trouble
in running in the Gold Cup earlier).
"He s a miler and loves fast ground and
loves a strong pace.
"When he s running in those Group races
it doesn t always unfold that way, but he s
got plenty of ability."
It was a fourth winner of the meeting for
O Brien, who said: "I m delighted. We prob-
ably did all the wrong things with him, run-
ning him in soft ground and over a mile
and quarter. It took us a good while to learn
what way to ride him.
"Obviously a mile on fast ground and
taking our time on him (works) and Ryan
gave him an absolute peach of a ride.
"What can I say about Ryan? He s a mar-
vellous jockey, probably the greatest jockey
I ve ever seen. He s a total professional and
fully committed. He has a great feel about
a horse and a great feel about a race.
"We ve worked with him very closely for
the last three years and we re privileged he s
riding for us."
While acknowledging Moore s brilliance,
Sky Bet Racing PR Manager Michael Shin-
ners was counting the cost of another fan-
tastic day at the office for Moore.
"We have well and truly been taken to
the cleaners by Ryan Moore today with win-
ners at 12/1, 9/2 and 10/1, which worked
out at 1912/1 on our early prices," he said.
"After his five winners on the previous
two days, we were looking for some respite,
unfortunately for us but not for punters it
has been once again a great day for Ryan
"The only consolation we can take, is had
Kingfisher not been an unlucky second in
the Gold Cup we would have been looking
down the barrel of our biggest losing day
in the history of Sky Bet".
There was an anxious moment during
the race when Capel path was pulled up
having broken down and The Queen s run-
ner was being assessed by vets on Thursday
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, the three-
year-old lost his action around three furlongs
out in the mile race and was pulled up by
Graham Lee, who had won the Gold Cup
on Trip To Paris in the preceding event.
A statement from the track read: "Capel
Path is still being assessed.
"The horse sustained an injury to his left
front leg and has been transported to a local
equine hospital where further assessment
will take place."
Racecourse vet Svendt Kold reported the
horse to be "very comfortable."
A son of Street Cry, Capel Path has raced
six times, winning once, at Newcastle in
October last year.
Ed Dunlop s Chester Cup winner Trip To
Paris (12/1) outstayed his rivals to win the Group
One Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
A hugely improved performer this season, the
four-year-old s stamina proved crucial in the
closing stages of this two and a half mile trip.
The well-regarded and previously unbeaten
favourite Forgotten Rules, loomed large on the
home turn and appeared to be going like the
winner as the field motored down the home
However, he began to falter once hitting the
front and the field were snapping at his heels.
Graham Lee got a dream run up the inside on
the eventual winner and ground out victory with
an unlucky-in-running Ryan Moore flashing
home aboard Kingfisher to take second with For-
gotten Rules third.
Lee said: "He gave me a great ride. I got on
him in the parade ring and he was so switched
off and relaxed and he raced that way.
"He was just conserving his energy and when
I turned in there was a gap down the rails. He s
picked up good and he deserved it.
"I ve had a good day in the office, so I ll enjoy
"They ve supplemented this guy for a lot of
money, so fair do s to the sporting connections
for that gesture."
Time passes Tercentenary test
Time Test marked himself down as a colt with
a bright future when running away with the Ter-
centenary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Roger Charlton s youngster was sent of the
15/8 favourite for the Group Three having won
an historically well contested Newbury handicap
on his previous start and he took the step up in
class in his stride.
Settled in midfield by Frankie Dettori, he moved
a little wider for room in the straight and moved
effortlessly onto the shoulders of the prominent
racing Mustadeem and Peacock.
Dettori showed all his years of experience in
biding his time before pushing the button but
when he did, the response was instantaneous.
Time Test quickened clear in impressive style
to leave Peacock trailing in his wake with Mus-
tadeem holding on for third.
Dettori, who rode his 50th Royal Ascot winner
in the final race on Wednesday, said: "I didn t
have to do much. He s a very good horse, it was
a perfect race.
"I had so much horse, I pulled him to the out-
side and he wanted to take off. It was great and
I was able to enjoy this lovely crowd.
"He does (feel like a Group One horse). Every-
thing went spot on."
Space Age rules at Royal Ascot
Space Age made almost every yard to win the
King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot under a
fine ride from William Buick.
Breaking from the widest stall of all in the
hands of William Buick, he soon got to the lead
and gradually tacked across to spearhead the
Buick began to up the tempo before the home
turn and it was quickly apparent he had a number
of his rivals on the stretch.
Scottish and Marma s Boy both saw out the
race strongly, but the Charlie Appleby-trained
Space Age (9-1) had enough in the tank to hold
them off by a length and a quarter and three-
quarters of a length respectively.
The well-fancied King Bolete was fourth, but
the heavily-supported favourite Dissolution,
backed to provide Ryan Moore with a record
ninth winner of the week, was ultimately well
TODAY'S PICK TWO
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 6
05 PARSON MAN 4
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 2
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN 4
30 HOUSE CAT 3
31 PARSON WIFE 5
34 BLIND MAN 1
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 18
15 (Sick Woman) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
31 (Parson Wife)
33 (Spider) 1 pm
23 (House) 10.30am
24 (Queen)---10.30 am
2 (Old Lady)---1 pm
12 (King)---6.30 pm
Lucida can be queen
Moore strikes again on Envoy
Gold Cup trip
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