Investec Coronation Cup
Betway Casino
Group 1, Epsom 15:10
£400,000 added, 4yo plus,
1m 4f 10y, Class 1    
Friday 2nd June 2017

1 Highland Reel 9/4F
2 Frontiersman 9/1
3 Hawkbill 11/2
10 ran Distances: 1¾l, 3½l, 1l
Time: 2m 33.34s (fast by 1.16s)

Another Group 1 for the fantastic Highland Reel

Highland Reel
© Racehorse Photos
Highland Reel

Highland Reel provided Aidan O'Brien with an eighth victory in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom.

Despite the late arrival of the winner and his stablemates following a technical fault with their plane back in Ireland, the five-year-old was the 9-4 favourite to claim the fifth Group One success of his globetrotting career.

Ryan Moore kept things simple aboard the market leader, sending him straight to the lead, and gradually upped the ante.

Hawkbill ranged alongside racing inside the final two furlongs and the pair knuckled down to fight it out.

Despite looking a little uncomfortable on the cambered track, Highland Reel found plenty for pressure and began to assert.

Hawkbill's fellow Godolphin-owned runner Frontiersman also looked ill at ease on the track but finished strongly to come through and grab second, a length and three-quarters behind the winner.

O'Brien said: "I'm delighted with him, he's obviously gone through a lot today, and just before the race, but Ryan gave him a great ride. He hadn't run since Dubai (in March), but he was brilliant. 

"What happened this morning was unavoidable, the lads were doing their best but things weren't running smoothly.

"It's just thanks to everyone, Pat (Keating, travelling head lad) was delighted when he got him here and tacked up and he was very happy.

"It's a big team effort and I'm thankful to them all for making it happen.

"He's an amazing horse this, he's tough, he has tactical speed and he stays."

Investec Coronation Cup
£400,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 4f 10y, Class 1
10 ran
Going: Good

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (3) Highland Reel (IRE) 9/4f R L Moore
A P O'Brien 5
2nd (10) Frontiersman 9/1 James Doyle
C Appleby 4
3rd (4) Hawkbill (USA) 11/2 W Buick
C Appleby 4
4th (6) 1 Elbereth 33/1 Oisin Murphy
A M Balding 6
5th (2) s.h Journey 7/2 L Dettori
J H M Gosden 5
6th (7) 1 Idaho (IRE) 11/1 J A Heffernan
A P O'Brien 4
7th (8) ½ Red Verdon (USA) 33/1 P J Smullen
E A L Dunlop 4
8th (9) Air Pilot 25/1 F M Berry
R M Beckett 8
9th (1) ¾ Prize Money 10/1 O Peslier
S bin Suroor 4
10th (5) 2 US Army Ranger (IRE) 8/1 D O'Brien
A P O'Brien 4