Coronation Stakes 2012 

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Fallen For You Crowned Coronation Queen

1 Fallen For You 12/1
2 Starscope 11/1
3 Irish History 11/1
NR: Elusive Kate (USA), Maybe (IRE)
10 ran Distances: 3¼l, 2¼l, 2l
TIME 1m 42.95s (slow by 2.95s)

Fallen For You led home stable companion Starscope to give John Gosden a one-two in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Fallen For You
© Caroline Norris

Fallen For You
Fallen For You bounced back from sixth in a Group Three at Lingfield to take the Group One mile showpiece by three and a quarter lengths. It was Gosden’s 30th Royal Ascot winner.

“We always thought she was our best filly last year,” he said, “but I gave the wrong instructions in the Fillies Mile [when she was fifth], she was second in her maiden when a bit green and it was all a bit fast and speedy at Newmarket close to the pace, we rode her back to front.

“She still had it in her mind when she won at Kempton, then I ran her behind a lovely older filly of Henry’s [Chachamaidee] over seven, when she got in trouble but learned a lot. She worked really well Sunday morning, I was really pleased with her. We were ready for a big run, and got it.

“She was able to sit behind as they went off fast into a headwind today and it worked perfectly for her. She’s not ground-dependent, she’ll go on anything. I ran her on the all-weather because I didn’t want to run her on the heavy.

“I’ve had trouble getting her to relax, but she did so beautifully today. She’s really getting in the groove and has shown me today what I always thought she could do. It was no fluke.”

Trainer John Gosden had three declared runners for the Coronation Stakes (although Elusive Kate was subsequently a non runner) and stable jockey William Buick proved to be on the pick of the team when scoring on Fallen For You.

“I had the choice between Elusive Kate and this filly and thought that when Fallen For You had run previously this year that things had conspired against her, but today everything worked out,” said Buick. “It was perfect for her today as she got in a good rhythm and finished the race really well.

“She won easily and like John said, this is no fluke, this is how good she is and now its onwards and upwards for her. It may have been a pleasant surprise to win like that but it was not a full surprise.

“I was very impressed with her turn of foot taking on the best of her generation.”

Stablemate Starscope, the regular mount of Jimmy Fortune, finished second.


Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series) (Fillies' Group 1) (Rnd)
£250,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
10 runners (NR Maybe & Elusive Kate)
Going: Soft

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Fallen For You
J H M Gosden
William Buick
9st 0lbs
12 - 1
J H M Gosden
J Fortune
9st 0lbs
11 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
Irish History
M Al Zarooni
M Barzalona
9st 0lbs
11 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
M R Channon
M Harley
9st 0lbs
9 - 2
2 lengths
Bugie D'Amore
A De Royer Dupre
M Guyon
9st 0lbs
14 - 1
Laugh Out Loud
M R Channon
L Dettori
9st 0lbs
7 - 2
5 lengths
Intense Pink
C F Wall
C Catlin
9st 0lbs
33 - 1
3/4 length
Homecoming Queen
A P O'Brien
J P O'Brien
9st 0lbs
9 - 4
3 1/4 lengths
Sir Michael Stoute
R L Moore
9st 0lbs
33 - 1
12 lengths
W J Haggas
P Hanagan
9st 0lbs
12 - 1
30 lengths
Elusive Kate
J H M Gosden
O Peslier
9st 0lbs
A P O'Brien
Non Runner
9st 0lbs


© Racehorse Photos


Since winning her maiden last year, Cheveley Park’s homebred Starscope has only managed the placings and found one to good today in today’s feature, the Group One Coronation Cup.

Chris Richardson, managing director of Cheveley Park Stud, said: “We will draw a line through her last run at Newbury, Jimmy (Fortune) said she was a different filly today, she was like she was in the 1000 Guineas (second).

“She is hugely talented and a filly that puts it in when she wants to and a strong mile suits her. She like this ground and where she goes next will probably depend on the going.”


A green but improving performance was the verdict of Mahmood Al Zarooni, trainer of the third, Irish History.

He said after the race: “She ran brilliantly and I am very happy with the way she ran. Mickael (Barzalona, jockey) was very happy with her. He said she learnt today - in her first race she learnt nothing and in her second race she got bumped and learnt a little.

“She is improving but still green as you saw in last part of the race. She is still learning, but I think she is a nice filly. There is no plan but maybe there is a race in July for her.”

Simon Crisford, racing manager for Godolphin, added: “She has come third in this race which is a big step up for her and she was unlucky at Sandown (last time out) so it is onwards and upwards for her. We can look at the Falmouth Stakes in July.”


Martin Harley, jockey of the Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Samitar who was fourth today, said: “I didn’t think the ground was in Samitar’s favour. She jumped well and Joseph (O’Brien) went forward with Frankie (Dettori) on my outside. I had cover from the wind - there is a good headwind out there.

“That was an impressive performance of William Buick’s to jump out and do what she did in that headwind.

“I was pleased with Samitar. She came there and I thought she was going to pick up and do something, but she just flattened out. She gave everything and ran all the way to the line.”

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