Coronation Stakes
Group 1 Fillies , Ascot 16:20
£403,315 added,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1  
Friday 19th June 2015

1 Ervedya 3/1
2 Found 13/8F
3 Lucida 3/1
9 ran Distances: nk, ½l, 1¼l
TIME 1m 38.46s (fast by 1.14s)

Ervedya makes it three from three this year as she edges out Found in a thrilling Coronation Stakes


Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget and jockey Christophe Soumillon both nominated the performance of Ervedya in the Coronation Stakes as a career highlight after the Aga Khan's took the mile contest with a well-timed run.

The filly swooped in the closing stages to beat Found by a neck to the delight of her connections.

"For quite a few years now, I have come here with nice horses. I was second in this race last year with Lesstalk In Paris and it was a deep dream to come and win a Group One here," said Rouget, who was having his first Royal Ascot winner.

"After she won the Guineas, this was my target of the year. I had only this race in mind, I wanted to win a Group One at Ascot and now it's done. This and Literato's Champion Stakes are two races that stand out for me.

"I love this place, I worked in Britain with Ian Balding and Paul Cole, and this is very important for me.

"I have trained for Prince Aga Khan since Mr Lagardere died and when he bought all of his operation. I was training 15 horses for Jean-Luc Lagardere and Prince Aga Khan left the horses with me. Since then we have won the Diane and the Grand Prix de Paris and now the Poule d'Essai and the Coronation with this filly.

"She is the best because she is the best mentally. She has the class and, mentally, she is fantastic. I was not anxious because I knew that she could do the best.

"I was a bit anxious about what the pace would be like in England, compared with France. Sometimes horses can be disorientated. She is very good both mentally and physically and a champion. I know Christophe and his tactic was to come at the end. The filly was very good but the jockey was pretty good too.

"I'm not sure what we'll do next but I expect she'll run in something at Deauville."

Soumillon had won the 2005 Queen Anne Stakes with Valixir when Royal Ascot was staged at York but this was his first win at a Royal Meeting at Ascot.

He said: "For me this is great, it's a great meeting but unfortunately I don't have the horses to come here with every year. If you're not riding for Aidan O'Brien, Sir Michael Stoute or the late Sir Henry Cecil then it's hard to make it here. But I've had success at Ascot in the King George and on Champions' Day.

"I was lucky to find the gap in the middle. I knew that she maybe didn't handle the trip so I didn't want to make the outside in the turn. I knew that Aidan O'Brien's filly today was on top of her form and she beat us last year at the Marcel Boussac in Longchamp.

"When I saw Found in a good position, I thought it was better to stay behind her and, actually, I think that is maybe why we won because, if I was coming 500 metres out on the outside, I am not sure that she would have quickened like she did and stay on until the line. I knew she would give me something great at the finishing line.

"The special thing is the track - it is not easy to handle and we didn't really know if she would handle the mile here. Today, we know she does.

"She will go in any ground, any distance, straight course or turns - she is perfect and has a great temperament, which is why we can travel over here and do great things.

"Her sire Siyouni has put a lot of speed into her pedigree and after she won the French Guineas I felt that a mile was as far as she wanted to go."

The Aga Khan said: "The race happened the way we hoped, we didn't want to be amongst the front-runners. She is very courageous and it's a tribute to Siyouni.

"Jean-Claude has trained for me for a number of years along with Alain de Royer-Dupre - they are my two important trainers in France.

"Obviously, to win this race is very, very important indeed. Not only for the horse itself but for the whole family for the breeding operation. This family goes right back to my grandfather's time."


© Caroline Norris

Found, now second in her two Group One races over a mile this season, will step up in distance in the future. The Aidan O'Brien-trained filly, the 13/8 favourite, was beaten a neck, following a half-length defeat by Pleascach in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

"She has run a stormer today," said O'Brien of the daughter of Galileo, "and she's a classy filly who belongs at this level. Obviously, we are delighted with her run - she did everything right and I would say that she would keep progressing.

"The plan was always to have the three runs, then maybe a little rest. And after her break I should think she'll be going up in distance in the autumn."

A half-length behind Found was Lucida, the runner-up in the 1,000 Guineas, and the Shamardal filly, trained by Jim Bolger for Godolphin, will stick to a mile. "She was second in a Guineas and has been beaten half a length in a Coronation," said John Ferguson, Sheilh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor. "A mile is her distance and the form is there to see, and she'll have her day."

Godolphin also ran Sperry, sixth, and Local Time, eighth, in the Group One contest. "We were very pleased with Sperry, who is still learning," added Ferguson, "but I fear Local Time may have been exposed at this level."

The challenger from the States, Miss Temple City, finished a creditable fourth. "We were pleased with her and she was a legitimate contender," said trainer Graham Motion. "But there is a slight disappointment that she wasn't closer. She stumbled slightly leaving the gate and that lit her up a little.

"If she'd settled better she might have been closer. But it's a big thing to ask to make the journey over. She'll go back to the States now and prepare for the big targets in the fall."

Mathematician Betting

Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series)
£403,315 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (7) Ervedya (FR) 3/1 C Soumillon
J C Rouget 3
2nd (2) nk Found (IRE) 13/8f R L Moore
A P O'Brien 3
3rd (9) ½ Lucida (IRE) 3/1 K J Manning
J S Bolger 3
4th (3) Miss Temple City (USA) 50/1 John Velazquez
H Motion 3
5th (5) s.h Arabian Queen (IRE) 12/1 S De Sousa
D R C Elsworth 3
6th (4) ½ Sperry (IRE) 16/1 James Doyle
J H M Gosden 3
7th (6) Irish Rookie (IRE) 14/1 D Sweeney
M Meade 3
8th (8) 5 Local Time 33/1 W Buick
S bin Suroor 3
9th (1) nk Yasmeen 20/1 P Hanagan
J H M Gosden 3

Past Results

2014-WINNER-RIZEENA 3-9-00 Owner-Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum; Trainer-Clive Brittain; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-11/2
2ND-Lesstalk In Paris 3-9-00 Owner-Sarl Ecurie J L Tepper; Trainer-Jean-Claude Rouget FR; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP- 15/2
3RD-Euro Charline 3-9-00 Owner-Team Valor; Trainer-Marco Botti; Jockey-Andrea Atzeni; SP-16/1
12 ran; Time-1m 40.73s; Dist-¾, hd 5/1 Fav Lightning Thunder (9th)

2013-WINNER-SKY LANTERN 3-9-00 Owner-Ben Keswick; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey: Richard Hughes; SP-9/2JF
2ND-Kenhope 3-9-00 Owner-Guy Pariente; Trainer-Henri-Alex Pantall FR; Jockey-Thierry Jarnet; SP-33/1
3RD-Just The Judge 3-9-00 Owner-Qatar Racing Limited & Sangster Family; Trainer-Charlie Hills; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP- 5/1
17 ran; Time-1m 39.75s; Dist-4, nk 9/2 Joint-Favourite Big Break (7th)

2012-WINNER-FALLEN FOR YOU 3-9-00 Owner-Normandie Stud Ltd; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-William Buick; SP-12/1
2ND-Starscope 3-9-00 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-11/1
3RD-Irish History 3-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Mahmood Al Zarooni; Jockey-Mickael Barzalona; SP-11/1
10 ran; Time-1m 42.95s; Dist-3¼, 2¼ 9/4 Fav Homecoming Queen (8th)

2011-WINNER-IMMORTAL VERSE 3-9-00 Owner-Richard Strauss; Trainer-Robert Collet FR; Jockey-Gerald Mosse; SP-8/1
2ND-Nova Hawk 3-9-00 Owner-Ahmed Mouknass; Trainer-Rod Collet FR; Jockey-Stephane Pasquier; SP-9/2
3RD-Barefoot Lady 3-9-00 Owner-Helen Steel; Trainer-Richard Fahey; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-16/1
12 ran; Time-1m 42.75s; Dist-2¼, ½ 7/2 Fav Together (5th)

2010-WINNER-LILLIE LANGTRY 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien
IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND-Gile Na Greine 3-9-00 Owner-Jackie Bolger & Harry Dobson; Trainer-Jim Bolger IRE; Jockey-Kevin Manning; SP-25/1
3RD-Jacqueline Quest 3-9-00 Owner-Noel Martin; Trainer-Henry Cecil; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-6/1
13 ran; Time-1m 39.69s; Dist-1¼, 2¼

2009-WINNER-GHANAATI 3-9-00 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-Barry Hills; Jockey-Richard Hills; SP-2/1 Fav
2ND-Reggane 3-9-00 Owner-Haras de la Perelle; Trainer-Alain du Royer-Dupre FR; Jockey-Gerald Mosse; SP-9/1
3RD-Rainbow View 3-9-00 Owner-George Strawbridge; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-13/2
10 ran; Time-1m 38.32s; Dist-2, 2¼

2008-WINNER-LUSH LASHES 3-9-00 Owner-Jackie Bolger; Trainer-Jim Bolger IRE; Jockey-Kevin Manning; SP-5/1
2ND-Infallible 3-9-00 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-11/2
3RD-Carribean Sunset 3-9-00 Owner-Dr Ronan Lambe; Trainer-Dermot Weld IRE; Jockey-Pat Smullen; SP-16/1
11 ran, Time-1m 39.23s, Dist-3¼, ¾ 9/4 Fav Spacious (4th)

2007-WINNER-INDIAN INK 3-9-00 Owner-Raymond Tooth; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-8/1
2ND-Mi Emma 3-9-00 Owner-Rennstall Darboven; Trainer-Andreas Wohler GER; Jockey-Eddie Pedroza; SP-100/30 Jt Fav
3RD-Darjina 3-9-00 Owner- Princess Zahra Aga Khan; Trainer-Alain de Royer-Dupre FR; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-7/2
13 ran, Time-1m 42.26, Dist 6, hd 100/30 Joint Fav Finsceal Beo (8th)

2006-WINNER-NANNINA 3-9-00 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-6/1 Jt Fav
2ND-Flashy Wings 3-9-00 Owner-Jaber Abdullah; Trainer-Mick Channon; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-13/2
3RD-Nasheej 3-9-00 Owner-Malih Al Basti; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-20/1
15 ran, Time-1m 39.14s, Dist-2, ¾ 6/1 Jt Fav Price Tag (8th)

2005-WINNER-MAIDS CAUSEWAY 3-9-00 Owner-Martin Schwartz; Trainer-Barry Hills; Jockey-Michael Hills; SP-9/2
2ND-Karen’s Caper 3-9-00 Owner-Stonerside Stable LLC; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-11/2
3RD-Mona Lisa 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-25/1
10 ran, Time-1m 36.59s Dist-sh, 3½ 7/2 Fav Damson (7th) (run at York)

2004-WINNER-ATTRACTION 3-9-00 Owner-Duke of Roxburghe; Trainer-Mark Johnston; Jockey-Kevin Darley; SP- 6/4 Fav
2ND-Majestic Desert 3-9-00 Owner-Jaber Abdullah; Trainer-Mick Channon; Jockey-Ted Durcan; SP-25/1
3RD-Red Bloom 3-9-00 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-Sir Michael Stoute; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-100/30
11 ran, Time-1m 38.54s Dist-2½, hd

2003-WINNER-RUSSIAN RHYTHM 3-9-00 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-Sir Michael Stoute; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-4/7 Fav
2ND- Soviet Song 3-9-00 Owner-Elite Racing Club; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Oscar Urbina; SP-9/2
3RD-Mail The Desert 3-9-00 Owner-Newsells Park Stud; Trainer-Mick Channon; Jockey-Steve Drowne; SP-14/1
9 ran, Time- 1m 38.51s Dist-1½, 3.