Unpredictable Coronation Stakes: Tahiyra Ready to Take on Six Rivals
If you’re looking for an unpredictable Group One contest, then the Coronation Stakes is a race that should not be missed. The three-year-old fillies will battle it out at Ascot over one mile, with seven runners set to go under starter’s orders.
Tahiyra Poised to Add Another Crown in Her Collection
The Dermot Weld-trained Tahiyra is the favorite heading into the race and has everything going for her. With just four runs under her belt, she has already claimed victory in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and finished runner-up by half a length in the English equivalent at Newmarket. Unfortunately, Mawj cannot run due to scoping dirty earlier this week.
Pat Downes, manager of owner Aga Khan’s Irish Studs expressed his disappointment regarding Mawj’s enforced absence but stated that they are happy with their filly and confident heading into this match-up against six rivals. “She is doing very well and is ready to go,” he said.
Meditate Aiming for Redemption
Aidan O’Brien’s Meditate will be another top challenger aiming for redemption after finishing third behind Tahiyra in the Irish Guineas last time out. She has proven herself as a top-class performer winning Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland in November before finishing runner-up on three occasions at Group One level.
Queen For You – Unexposed But Promising
The John and Thady Gosden trained Queen For You only made two career starts with the beautifully-bred daughter of Kingman. She finished first in a novice race before being beaten by Sounds Of Heaven, who reopposes, in the Listed Michael Seely at York by just a short head.
Sounds Of Heaven – An Underestimated Filly
The Jessica Harrington-trained filly Sounds of Heaven was an unfancied 14-1 chance when winning that race at York on her first outing since breaking her duck at the second time of asking in a Leopardstown maiden last October. Kate Harrington, assistant trainer to her mother expressed hope and excitement for the upcoming match-up stating “We’re hopeful of a big, big run.”
Comhra – The Dark Horse
Jim Bolger’s Comhra is another dark horse that could upset everyone’s calculations after finishing third behind Tahiyra and Empress Josephine in Irish Guineas. William Buick will be riding for the first time replacing Rory Cleary; cheekpieces made an enormous difference last time out and Bolger hopes they can make all difference this time as well.
This year’s Coronation Stakes promises to be one of its kind races where no horse has clinched it yet. With seven contenders from different backgrounds and experiences battling it out over one mile in Ascot’s Group One contest things are set up perfectly for creating unexpected results.