Fallen rides high in Coronation romp

William Buick’s decision-making is clearly as finely-tuned as his skills in the saddle as he correctly chose to keep his faith in Fallen For You in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot yesterday.

John Gosden was taking something of a gamble when he replaced retained jockey Jimmy Fortune with a 21-year-old former joint-champion apprentice but the pair are safely into their third season together and going from strength to strength.

Sandwiched between two other victories for the Gosden-Buick axis in the Albany Stakes and Wolferton Handicap, Fallen For You led home a Clarehaven Stable one-two by racing three and a quarter lengths clear of Starscope.

Gosden declared three runners in this 1000 Guineas rerun and with Fortune offered the mount on Starscope, Buick picked the lower-rated Fallen For You over Elusive Kate, who was withdrawn in the morning.

Philippa Cooper’s home-bred looked an exquisite find when winning on her two-year-old debut last July but suffered from a combination of ill fortune and immaturity when raised to Group level.

She opened 2012 by taking a minor conditions race at Kempton but hardly shone against older fillies at Lingfield and faced both the English and Irish Classic winners, Homecoming Queen and Samitar, in Friday’s highlight.

Samitar managed to hold onto fourth with Homecoming Queen weakening dramatically – despite leading to the two-furlong marker.

The division of three-year-old female milers is an increasingly confusing one.

Fallen For You (12-1) had been restrained at the rear of the field before delivering a flawless finishing kick and her value to Cooper’s Normandie Stud now far exceeds the first prize of almost £155,000.

Gosden said: “I always thought she was our best filly last year but I gave the wrong instructions in the Fillies’ Mile.

“She trained beautifully, worked well last Sunday morning, and we were ready for a big run.

“She is classy, this is not a fluke.”

Buick said: “Starscope can be a tricky filly and Jimmy knows her well.

“It was the boss’ decision but he gave me the choice between Fallen For You and Elusive Kate and I thought that when she had run previously this year that things had conspired against her, but today everything went perfect.

“She finished off really well and won easily. Like John said, this is not a fluke.

“The turn of foot was impressive against the best of her generation.”

Cooper, whose pink and white colours have been carried by decent horses like Samuel and Duncan, said: “When William chose my horse I was quite flattered and surprised but this was the first time she had run over a mile against her sex and age and I knew she’d like the soft ground because her mother did.

“I started the stud (near Billingshurst) in 1997 and they seem to get better as I have bred.

“I’m always worried things are going to go wrong – I don’t really enjoy it.”

Starscope was second in the Newmarket Guineas but disappointing when turned out again quickly in an Oaks trial at Newbury.

Chris Richardson, managing director for owners, Cheveley Park Stud, said: “We’re thrilled she’s bounced back to her best.

“We drew a line under her Newbury run as she got upset in the parade.What she wants is a strong-run mile as I don’t think she stays further.”

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