Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup
Group 1, Epsom 15:10
£400,000 added, 4yo plus,
1m 4f 10y, Class 1    
Saturday 4th June 2016

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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

© Racehorse Photos


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
8 ran
Going: Good to Soft

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (3) Postponed (IRE) 8/11f Andrea Atzeni
R Varian 5
2nd (4) Found (IRE) 3/1 R L Moore
A P O'Brien 4
3rd (1) Roseburg (IRE) 50/1 Jack Mitchell
R Varian 5
4th (7) 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