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Westover, Emily Upjohn and Point Lonsdale to Clash in High-Class Dahlbury Coronation Cup
The stage is set for an intense showdown as three high-profile contenders are set to battle it out in the highly anticipated Dahlbury Coronation Cup. Ralph Beckett’s four-year-old Westover, John and Thady’s Gosden Emily Upjohn, and Aidan O’Brien-trained colt Point Lonsdale will be lining up for a shot at glory.
The Mystery of Unfortunate Events
Westover has had his fair share of misfortunes that have conspired against him. Last year, he finished third in the Derby behind Desert Crown after encountering blockades on his way home. However, he gained compensation by winning the Irish equivalent impressively at Curragh and is now looking forward to securing his second Group One win.
Similarly, Emily Upjohn was thwarted by a short head while competing in the Oaks last year. Her quest for Classic glory took another hit when transport issues ruled her out of the Irish Oaks competition. However, she broke her top-level duck at Ascot in October when leaving an underwhelming display behind her to claim the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes with ease.
In contrast to these two runners who faced unexpected obstacles along their journey towards success last season due to various unexplained reasons like ‘transport issues’ or ‘blockades’, Point Lonsdale experienced a setback that kept him away from competitive racing throughout most of last season.
A Flash Of Discontinuity
A smart juvenile previously trained as our best one over seven miles; however there was no guarantee if we kept him ahead on this track or shifted gears by preparing him exclusively for mile-and-a-half competitions where many doubted if he would excel.
Despite the notion that Point Lonsdale might struggle with this track, he is unbeaten since his return this year. He followed up a game success in the Alleged Stakes by claiming the Huxley Stakes at Chester.
The three runners will be facing off against each other on Epsom’s racecourse, and punters can’t wait to witness who comes out on top. The atmosphere is filled with excitement and anticipation as every racing enthusiast waits to see these thoroughbred horses put their hearts into making themselves proud of what they do best- racing past their competitors.
Westover’s European Racing Manager Barry Mahon said: “All has been good; he’s in great nick…Everything has gone well, Ralph and his team are very happy.” Frankie Dettori rides Emily Upjohn confidently saying: “We know she handled Epsom because she strutted her stuff in the Oaks.”
The spectators remain dubious about Point Lonsdale’s performance due to his unfamiliarity with competing over such distances but his trainer remains optimistic. O’Brien said, “It’s going to be interesting..He always looked like he wanted a mile at two”.
The Dahlbury Coronation Cup promises an exhilarating race between three world-class racers striving for one common goal – Victory!