Investec Coronation Cup
Betway Casino
Group 1, Epsom
£420,000 added, 4yo plus,
1m 4f 10y, Class 1    
Friday 2nd June 2018

Enable
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Enable
Cracksman and Enable, the top two horses in Europe during 2017, feature among the 25 excellent entries for the 2018 G1 Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs on Ladies' Day at the Investec Derby Festival, Friday, June 1.
 
The Investec Coronation Cup, which takes place over the same mile and a half course and distance as the British Classics, the G1 Investec Derby and the G1 Investec Oaks, is worth a record £420,000 in 2018, up five per cent on last year.
 
Enable and Cracksman, both trained by John Gosden in Newmarket, were victorious at Epsom Downs during their sensational three-year-old campaigns last year, with Enable storming to a five-length success in the Investec Oaks, the first of five straight G1 wins for the brilliant Nathaniel filly. 
 
Enable went on to capture the Irish Oaks, the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and the Yorkshire Oaks before ending her year with another scintillating display in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
 
Cracksman
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Cracksman
 
Cracksman, impressive winner of the G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot in October on his most recent start, made a winning seasonal return at Epsom Downs last year when taking the 10-furlong Investec Derby Trial in April prior to coming home a close third in the G1 Investec Derby itself on the first Saturday in June.
 
As well as being top of the 2017 rankings in Europe, Cracksman and Enable were rated third and fifth best in the world last year on 130 and 128 respectively.
 
Last year's Classic form could also be represented by Investec Derby runner-up Cliffs Of Moher and Capri, who was sixth at Epsom Downs before going on to win the G1 Irish Derby at the Curragh and the G1 St Leger at Doncaster.
 
Both colts are trained by Aidan O'Brien, who has six Investec Coronation Cup contenders in total as he seeks a record ninth win in the race following Highland Reel's victory in 2017.
 
Hydrangea won two G1 races last season, including the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes in October, while top stayer Order Of St George, could represent Ireland's champion Flat trainer along with G2 Hardwicke Stakes scorer Idaho and Yucatan
 
Andre Fabre also has an excellent record in the Investec Coronation Cup, with six victories to his name, and the legendary French trainer has three contenders including Godolphin's Talismanic, successful in the G1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Del Mar, USA, in November. The horse aims to bounce back after a disappointing first try on dirt in the Dubai World Cup at the end of March.
                                           
Recent G1 Dubai Sheema Classic third, Godolphin's Cloth Of Stars, last season's G1 Prix Ganay victor and runner-up to Enable in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and the 2017 G1 Prix du Jockey Club second Waldgeist, have also been entered by the Chantilly handler. 
 
Frontiersman and Dubai Sheema Classic victor Hawkbill were second and third behind Highland Reel in the 2017 Investec Coronation Cup and the Charlie Appleby-trained Godolphin pair may line up for a second time. 
 
Poet's Word
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Poet's Word
 
Poet's Word stayed on well to finish second to Hawkbill in the 12-furlong Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan on March 31 and the five-year-old could bid to provide Sir Michael Stoute with a sixth Investec Coronation Cup success following on from Saddlers' Hall (1992), Opera House (1993), Singspiel (1997), Daliapour (2000) and Ask (2009). 
 
Owned by 2003 Investec Derby-winning owner Saeed Suhail, Poet's Word won the G3 Glorious Stakes at Goodwood last season before filling the runner-up spot in both the G1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in September and the G1 Champion Stakes at Ascot the following month. 
 
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Saeed Suhail, commented: "The Investec Coronation Cup is an obvious race for Poet's Word. 

"He has the Jockey Club Stakes (G2, 1m 4f, Newmarket, May 5) as a potential starting point in Europe for the season, although he has just come back from Dubai and sometimes it can take a bit out of a horse. 

"I thought that a mile and a half would be his best trip, but he has proven equally effective over a mile and a quarter - I think he could have won the Irish Champion Stakes with a better draw. 
 
"He is a very progressive horse for a five-year-old and we feel that he can improve on his run out in Dubai."
 
Other leading Investec Coronation Cup contenders include Windstoss, a dual G1 winner in Germany for trainer Markus Klug last season, and Hardwicke Stakes runner-up Barsanti, who represents the same owner/trainer combination of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum and Roger Varian who won the 2016 Investec Coronation Cup with Postponed. 
 
The Investec Coronation Cup is part of the QIPCO British Champions Series.

Investec Coronation Cup
£420,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 4f 10y, Class 1
25 entries
Scratchings deadline May 15, six-day confirmations & £25,000 supplementary stage May 26, final declarations 10am May 30.

Horse
Age
Owner
Trainer
BARSANTI (IRE)
6
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Roger Varian
BEST SOLUTION (IRE)
4
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor
CAP'N (IRE)
7
Ishtar
Claire Dyson
CAPRI (IRE)
4
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE)
4
Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
CLOTH OF STARS (IRE)
5
Godolphin SNC
Andre Fabre FR
CRACKSMAN
4
Anthony Oppenheimer
John Gosden
DURETTO
6
Lord Blyth
Andrew Balding
ENABLE
4
Khalid Abdullah
John Gosden
FRONTIERSMAN
5
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby
HAWKBILL (USA)
5
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby
HYDRANGEA (IRE)
4
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
IDAHO (IRE)
5
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
KHALIDI
4
Nizar Anwar
Clive Cox
MASTER THE WORLD (IRE)
7
K Quinn/C Benham
David Elsworth
MOVE UP
5
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor
ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE)
6
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Lloyd Williams
Aidan O'Brien IRE
POET'S WORD (IRE)
5
Saeed Suhail
Sir Michael Stoute
RARE RHYTHM
6
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby
RED GALILEO
7
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor
SALOUEN (IRE)
4
H Balasuriya
Sylvester Kirk
TALISMANIC
5
Godolphin SNC
Andre Fabre FR
WALDGEIST
4
Gestut Ammerland/ Newsells Park
Andre Fabre FR
WINDSTOSS (GER)
4
Gestut Rottgen
Markus Klug GER
YUCATAN (IRE)
4
Flaxman Stables/Sue Magnier/Tabor/Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE