Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup
|Group 1, Epsom 15:10
£400,000 added, 4yo plus,
1m 4f 10y, Class 1
|Saturday 4th June 2016|
1 Postponed 8/11F
2 Found 3/1
3 Roseburg 50/1
8 ran Distances: 4½l, 1¼l, 1¾l
TIME 2m 43.54s (slow by 9.04s)
The brilliant Postponed leaves his rivals trailing in the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup
The Roger Varian-trained five-year-old son of Dubawi won by easily by four and a half lengths from Aidan O'Brien's four-year-old filly Found. Postponed was the 8/11 favourite.
Varian said: "We're very lucky to train the horse. I have to thank Sheikh Mohammed Obaid for his support, and the staff at home who do the job all year with Postponed. He's just a pleasure. He really is the ultimate and he's shown his adaptability at a track like Epsom - the conditions couldn't be more different from Meydan [where he won the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic in March], so he's a versatile, talented horse and we are all very lucky."
Asked how useful it was to have given Postponed experience of the course at Epsom's recent Breakfast with the Stars, Varian answered: "I think it is a great exercise. He didn't have a gut-busting work out but it was great to get him a day out, his first day out since March, when he was in Dubai, so that was a benefit, but to feel the contours and the shape of the track, I'm sure helps any horse."
What sets Postponed apart?
Varian said: "Number one, his ability - you can't install ability; they have it. All his other attributes come a close second. He's got the most level temperament; that's a real quality. I should have thought he's got the most level heart-beat of any horse at the start; he takes any situation in his stride. He can operate off a fast pace or a slow pace and in different ground conditions. He really is the ultimate."
Varian also trained the third-placed horse, Roseberg, ridden by Jack Mitchell.
He said: "He ran a super race. Jack Mitchell did a terrific job with him and we're thrilled with that."
Discussing winning jockey Andrea Atzeni, Varian said: "He's one of the very best riding at the moment. He knows this horse particularly well, but he knows all the horses. He's a real asset to have involved; really a lovely man to deal with, and I'm delighted for him.
"The short-term plan with Postponed, provided we come out safe and sound from this race, is to go straight to the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot to try to defend his crown from last year, and it gives us a bit of breathing space to worry about the rest of the year after that."
Titanbet cut Postponed into 5/1 for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe following his decisive victory today. Postponed was completing a five-timer and claiming a third Group One success in beating Found by four-and-a-half lengths. As a result, Titanbet trimmed the Dubai Sheema Classic winner into 5/1 from 7/1 for the Arc, while Found, who finished ninth at Longchamp last season, is now 12/1 from 8/1 for the same race.
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup
£400,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 4f 10y, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft
|Pos||Dr||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||(3)||Postponed (IRE) 8/11f||Andrea Atzeni
|2nd||(4)||4½||Found (IRE) 3/1||R L Moore
|A P O'Brien||4|
|3rd||(1)||1¼||Roseburg (IRE) 50/1||Jack Mitchell
|4th||(7)||1¾||Simple Verse (IRE) 5/1||Oisin Murphy
|R M Beckett||4|
|5th||(8)||s.h||Second Step (IRE) 16/1||J P Spencer
|L M Cumani||5|
|6th||(6)||4||Master Carpenter (IRE) 40/1||F Tylicki
|B R Millman||5|
|7th||(5)||½||Arabian Queen (IRE) 8/1||S De Sousa~
|D R C Elsworth||4|
|8th||(2)||33||Star Storm (IRE) 33/1||T P Queally
|J R Fanshawe||4|