Fabre out to improve Cup record

GETAWAY will bid to give Andre Fabre a seventh victory in the Coronation Cup when he lines-up for the Juddmonte-sponsored contest at Epsom on Friday.

The French trainer is relying on the Jockey Club Stakes winner to follow in the hoofprints of Saint Estephe (1986), In The Wings (1990), Apple Tree (1994), Sunshack (1995), Swain (1996) and Shirocco (2006).

Getaway is among 11 declarations for the Group One race in which Aidan O’Brien will have three runners as he tries to land his third win in four years after Yeats (2005) and Scorpion (2007).

Heading the Ballydoyle trainer’s trio is last year’s Irish Derby hero Soldier Of Fortune, backed up by Ormonde Stakes victor Macarthur and Song Of Hiawatha.

Four-times Coronation Cup winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute has Papal Bull while Brian Meehan saddles 2006 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Red Rocks, who won his prep race at Lingfield.

Mick Channon has Youmzain, who had Getaway back in fourth and Soldier Of Fortune in fifth when runner-up in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Alan Swinbank’s Turbo Linn and Richard Fahey’s Anna Pavlova travel down from Yorkshire while Henry Cecil’s Multidimensional and William Muir’s Big Robert complete the field.

Godolphin removed their two entries Literato and Al Shemali while Stoute’s Galactic Star was the only other withdrawal.

Meanwhile Peter Chapple-Hyam believes Don’t Panic faces a tough task when he lines up for the Juddmonte Diomed Stakes on Friday.

After winning the Spring Mile at Doncaster on his seasonal reappearance, the gelding has finished second in Listed races on his last two starts.

However, he steps up to Group Three company for the first time at Epsom and his trainer believes this may prove a bridge too far.

“In all fairness he is probably a Listed horse but he will like the ground and he won’t let me down,” Chapple-Hyam told At The Races. “I’m sure he will be placed but whether he can win I doubt it.”

Mia’s Boy, a winner of five races this year, is in the field while Saeed bin Suroor is double-handed with Young Pretender and Alexandros.

More in this section


Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox