Romanet victory would be crowning glory for Coronet

‘Pressure off’ in search for second Group One triumph

  • Saturday 17 August
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Connections of Coronet are hoping a return to French turf will inspire a second Group One success from the Dubawi mare as she prepares to contest the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville on Sunday.

The John Gosden-trained five-year-old finally achieved a long-awaited Group One victory in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over a mile and a half in late June, after amassing no less than seven placed efforts in top-flight company.

Coronet, who was bred by Denford Stud in Berkshire and remains under their ownership, now steps down to 10 furlongs as she looks to repeat the victory.

“We’re just hopeful, the pressure is off now she’s won a Group One, which was the whole reason she was kept in training as a five-year-old,” said the stud’s farm manager, Richard Evans.

“She’s done that now. We had a few options, we could have gone to York, but we felt France was a better option. Hopefully we can get another win.”

The grey will face two other Group One winners in the shape of Charlie Appleby’s Wild Illusion, whose victories include last season’s Nassau Stakes, and Freddy Head’s With You, who took the 2018 Prix Rothschild and was runner-up to Laurens in this year’s renewal of that mile event.

Elsewhere in the line-up is I Can Fly, trained by Aidan O’Brien to finish third behind Too Darn Hot in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, and David Lanigan’s Worth Waiting, winner of the Group Two Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes but fifth of five runners when last seen at the Curragh in the Group One Pretty Polly.

Worth Waiting was found to be in season after a putting in an uncharacteristically poor performance that day, but Lanigan reports the Group Two winner to be back to herself and ready to return to action.

“She came back in season from the Curragh and she seems fine now after a little break,” he said.

“We’ve brought her back and she’s training well, so hopefully she can put that bad run behind her.”

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