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Lightning Strikes at Royal Ascot: Coolangatta Aims to Continue Australian Dominance in King’s Stand Stakes
The excitement is palpable as the highly anticipated King’s Stand Stakes draws near. Two of Australia’s finest raiders, Coolangatta and Cannonball, recently had separate workouts on Ascot’s straight track to prepare for the five-furlong sprint.
Coolangatta Looking to Add Name to Lightning Stakes Hall of Fame
Choisir, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti, Scenic Blast, Black Caviar and Nature Strip – all winners of the Lightning Stakes – went on to claim victory in this prestigious race, making it a formidable record that Coolangatta hopes to continue.
In attendance was co-trainer Ciaron Maher who watched intently as big-race jockey James McDonald worked over just shy of five furlongs with Coolangatta. The duo finished comfortably ahead of lead horse So Chic which left Maher beaming about their work.
Maher shared his thoughts on the training session saying “The idea was to bring Coolangatta here and have a look at the whole surrounds. We did some paddock schooling before we had a nice look at her stretching out nicely along the track”. He also added that since arriving in Lambourn she has thrived in quiet surroundings but needed this workout today so that he can keep an eye on her.”
Cannonball Ready To Make His Mark In Group One Race
Peter Snowden’s Cannonball may still be relatively inexperienced but he has already shown himself to be well above average with two impressive starts under his belt. Last seen finishing third in the Group One Galaxy Handicap at Rosehill in March, Cannonball had a blowout over just short of five furlongs on Ascot’s straight track.
“Cannonball did a routine piece of work. He is quite a gross colt and he needed that,” said Snowden after watching him train. “He arrived here on Friday and had some easy days which helped him settle down before today’s gallop.”
Cannonball will do more training on Saturday morning to get ready for the King’s Stand Stakes race.