Coronation Stakes
Group 1 Fillies , Ascot 16:20
£400,000 added,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1  
Friday 17th June 2016


1 Qemah 6/1
2 Nemoralia 4/1
3 Alice Springs 8/1
13 ran Distances: 1¾l, shd, ¾l
TIME 1m 40.56s (slow by 1.26s)

Qemah wins the Coronation Cup in the hands of Gregory Benoist. Nemoralia claimed second from Alice Springs, with Jet Setting out the frame


Jean Claude Rouget secured back-to-back victories in the Group One Coronation Stakes following the decisive length and three-quarter victory of the Gregory Benoist-ridden Qemah.

The daughter of Danehill Dancer travelled nicely for Benoist in the mid-division before being unleashed on the outside inside the final furlong.

The three-year-old displayed a potent turn of foot to quicken clear of her rivals and record a comfortable success, giving Rouget his second Royal Ascot winner and Benoist his maiden victory.

Her delighted trainer said: "Qemah is a top-class filly. She ran well in the French Guineas against some very good fillies. She showed real grit today and I am very happy.

"I was very confident after the French Guineas for this race because I prefer Qemah to run with a turn.

"She is a top-class filly and won the Prix de la Grotte very easily. She was very nervous in Deauville [French 1000 Guineas] and didn't run the race she had to. Today she was good in the race and won easily.

"I have no targets at the moment for her. We will look at the programme with the team, it's too early to say where she will go next."

Ervedya was successful for Rouget in the Coronation Stakes last year and was pleased to record another victory in the contest. He commented: "For me to the double in this race is like a childhood dream. I hope to get some more wins here because for me it is the best racing in the world."

Harry Herbert, racing advisor to Al Shaqab Racing, remarked: "Gregory got her settled today and that was important. She travelled with so much fuel in the tank today and she quickened like a really smart filly. She has beaten a wonderful field of fillies, it is fantastic and it has been a wonderful week.

"Sheikh Joaan [Al Thani, owner] is fantastic and there is a great team spirit. There is a good feeling of team work. Gregory is a great team man. Jean Claude has been wonderful and we are very lucky to win these races. The competition's so hard but this week is one to remember and so far a year to remember."

Herbert was unsure about the filly's future destination but suggested the Falmouth as a possible port of call. He commented: "She is in the Falmouth. Whether that come too soon who knows but we will look at that. I think we will let the dust settle."


Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series)
£400,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
13 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (11) Qemah (IRE) 6/1 G Benoist
J C Rouget 3
2nd (9) Nemoralia (USA) 4/1 O Peslier
J Noseda 3
3rd (3) s.h Alice Springs (IRE) 8/1 R L Moore
A P O'Brien 3
4th (8) ¾ Now Or Never (IRE) 16/1 K Fallon
M O'Callaghan 3
5th (5) ¾ Promising Run (USA) 33/1 James Doyle
S bin Suroor 3
6th (7) ¾ Ashadihan 33/1 J P Spencer
K A Ryan 3
6th (4) d.h Jet Setting (IRE) 9/4f S Foley
A Keatley 3
8th (2) 2 Tanaza (IRE) 20/1 P J Smullen
D K Weld 3
9th (13) Nathra (IRE) 5/1 L Dettori
J H M Gosden 3
10th (6) ¾ Besharah (IRE) 16/1 Andrea Atzeni
W J Haggas 3
11th (12) nk Fireglow 16/1 W Buick
M Johnston 3
12th (1) Marenko 50/1 S M Levey
R Hannon 3
13th (10) Czabo 33/1 S De Sousa
M R Channon 3


Nemoralia finished second, a length and three-quarters behind the winner.

The More Than Ready filly is trained by Jeremy Noseda and was ridden by Olivier Peslier. She finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf at Keeneland last October.

Noseda said: "I can't complain. The conditions were what they are; she's run great, she's finished second in a real good race. There will be days for fast ground and we'll just look forward from here. We took a chance, and she's rewarded us with a big run - I can't ask more than that."

Asked where she might run next, he replied: "We'll get her home and see how we are and make a decision from there."

Third was the Aidan O'Brien-trained 8/1 shot Alice Springs, ridden by Ryan Moore, who finished a short-head behind Nemoralia.

Moore stated: "My filly ran very well."

Kieran Fallon, rider of fourth-placed Now Or Never, who is trained by Michael O'Callaghan in Ireland, said: "I was committed a bit sooner than I would have wanted; it was a bit tight there all the way round. She ran well - a big improvement."

Past Results

2015-WINNER-ERVEDYA 3-9-00 Owner-H H Aga Khan; Trainer-Jean-Claude Rouget FR; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-3/1
2ND-Found 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-13/8 Fav
3RD-Lucida 3-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Jim Bolger IRE; Jockey-Kevin Manning; SP-3/1
9 ran; Time-1m 38.46s; Dist-nk, 1⁄2

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.