Salai seeking Ascot coronation

Three of the first five home from the Irish 1000 Guineas will clash again in Friday’s Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Three of the first five home from the Irish 1000 Guineas will clash again in Friday’s Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Godolphin’s supplementary entry Anna Salai fared best when finishing second on that occasion at the Curragh, with Mick Channon’s Music Show third and Aidan O’Brien’s fast-finishing Lillie Langtry in fifth.

Brian Meehan’s Lady Of The Desert looked an unlucky loser in the French Guineas and will be hoping for better fortune on the Heath.

However, all other bad luck stories pale in comparison to Henry Cecil’s Jacqueline Quest, who was first past the post in the English 1000 Guineas but lost the race in the stewards’ room.

Cecil also has another interesting string to his bow in the shape of Chachamaidee, a Listed winner at York.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Tabassum looked a very promising filly last year but her campaign this season has been delayed by setbacks and she starts this season in the hottest company.

French raider Evading Tempette was last seen winning the Group Three Premio Regina Elena, the Italian equivalent of the 1000 Guineas, in May.

Barry Hills’ Sent From Heaven and Jim Bolger’s Gile Na Greine will be out to prove their Newmarket runs were no fluke with Puff, Famous and Electric Feel completing the 13-runner field.

Coronation Stakes – Paddy Power bets: 4-1 Anna Salai, 9-2 Lillie Langtry, 6-1 Music Show, 8-1 Lady Of The Desert, Jacqueline Quest, 10-1 Tabassum, 12-1 Evading Tempete, 16-1 Puff, Sent From Heaven, 20-1 Chaichamadee, Gile Na Greine, 33-1 Famous, 50-1 Electric Feel.

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