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Coronation Stakes preview

Prolific blogger Calum Madell, @calummadell has attacked several races today on his blog, here's his look at the feature of the day for the 3yo fillies.

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3:45 - Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1)

A really interesting renewal of the Coronation which sees the form of the English and Irish Guineas put to the test. Just The Judge of course ran in both, finishing runner-up in the former and taking the latter in decent style. Again she must go close if the pace up front isn’t too gruelling and though this is the first time on a proper round course (Curragh has a long straight), she should do just fine even with a wide draw which is a slight inconvenience.

The ground though is ideal for Sky Lantern, who beat her at Newmarket after a brilliant ride by Richard Hughes. She is beatable but very consistent and though she may need to settle better to confirm that form and does also have a wide draw (less off a problem than the favourite as she is usually held up), she again should be thereabouts. Of those that ran in the Newmarket Guineas to return here, Snow Queen went closest but she’s since run a flat race in the Irish renewal.

Maureen was just in behind but just looks a cut below this level and the same can be said for Roz, Masarah, Agent Allison and Ollie Olga who were all well beaten that day. The Irish race is worth a lot more concentration on as there didn’t seem to be that much pace which suited the winner. It wouldn’t have suited the runner-up REHN’S NEST who had to make up a lot of ground from the back but quickened up well to just take second on the line. This was a career best by some way but also one of her first runs on genuinely quick ground which may have been the key to her. I think she is well worth a chance to prove that that was no fluke and I think she is a good price.

The fourth that day also returns, Big Break who did well as a two-year-old and could improve from that first run back where it may have also not suited her to have got no cover and she is a major player. There’s a few coming into this from other form ties which needed respecting as well, including the unbeaten Pavlosk who won nicely at York last time though I think this may come a little bit too soon for her. Viztoria was meant to run in the Irish classic but was pulled out late. All her form is with cut in the ground tomorrow so that is something she needs to prove but she comes into it.

Siyenica also could be anything as she’s only run twice, the last time over 10 furlongs and you get the suspicion a truly run race like this could suit her. Lovely Pass has been plying her trade in Meydan and beat the decent Shuruq on her first start in what was a farce of a race and that rival comfortably beat her stepped up in trip. She has to find a good deal more, while Purr Along was a smart filly last year who bar her last run (in season) mixed it with some of the best. She could come on for this but if ready then she could go very nicely and is certainly not a 33/1 shot. Kenhope needs to improve for better ground while Mizzava finished fifth in the Irish Guineas but others look likely to have more scope.

Advice – Rehn’s Nest 1pt e/w @16/1

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