Coronation Stakes
Group 1 Fillies , Ascot 16:20
£600,000 guaranteed,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1   
Friday 23rd June 2023


1 Tahiyra 8/13F
2 Remarquee 25/1
3 Sounds Of Heaven 16/1
6 ran NR: Comhra Distances: 1l, hd, 1l
Time: 1m 41.69s (slow by 2.49s)

Tahiyra provided legendary Irish trainer Dermot Weld with a second Coronation Stakes success, 45 years after Sutton Place won the mile G1 prize in 1978.

The favourite was ultimately much the best in a steadily run race but had to survive a stewards’ enquiry after interfering with eventual runner-up Remarquee around a furlong from home.

Having sat last of the six runners, Tahiyra led entering the final furlong and saw it out well to win by a length. Remarquee rallied to go down by a length, bouncing back from a disappointing run in the 1,000 Guineas, with Sounds Of Heaven a head further back in third.

This was a first Royal Ascot winner for jockey Chris Hayes and an 18th in all for Weld, but his first since Free Eagle captured the 2015 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

Trainers Quotes

Tahiyra, who is a half-sister to Weld’s Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Tarnawa, has now won three G1 prizes from five career starts.

Weld said: “I have been very fortunate. I’ve won many Group Ones around the world, I think this is my 18th Group race to win here at Royal Ascot. I have been very fortunate in life.

“I was a little bit concerned in the early part of the race, but Chris did the right thing to take her back. Plan B came into action, which was to take your time – it’s a long straight at Ascot and she has brilliant speed, and that’s what he did.”

He added: “I suppose she’s learning more about racing, she’s getting more professional. I thought she won fair and square. She and her sister are different. Her sister was unbelievably tough, stayed really well, won the Breeders’ Cup Turf and those two very good Group Ones in France for me. And she was beaten a neck in the Arc in ground that was just too dead for her on the day. Her sister was a brilliant racemare and this one is equally good. They are different sorts, this one has more pace. I enjoy so much training these fillies, I know the families and do my best to train them.”

On what the plan for this filly is now, he said: “I think the plan always was to give her a nice holiday, a nice break. She’s had a very busy spring/early summer and she will have a nice break now and we will look at a programme for her in the autumn.”

Asked whether the ground was a slight unknown before the race, he said: “I was happy, she’s a light-actioned filly and I was pleased with her, she was doing everything right for me at home.”

Hayes said: “Tahiyra loaded late into the stalls. She got a little agitated for a second and lost her hind-end on me. I wanted to be closer, but she was running keen because she half frightened herself. I had to ride her nice and cool and get her to relax; it was a slow pace and she did well considering she was running at a quickening pace [in the straight]. She had a little look at the stands for half a stride. I can't wait to ride this filly in a properly run mile race to really see what she's made of.

“The boss just filled me up with confidence. We had a good chat this morning after I walked the course, I told him what I thought might happen and what might not happen.He said to me, ‘just do what you always do’. So that was a nice little pat on the back going out and that just gave me the confidence to do the right thing by the filly and take her out of it.

“She slipped coming out the gates and I had to go to Plan B and forfeit my position early to Rob [Hornby on runner-up Remarquee], who was keen as well. I knew this filly could over-race and that I could be there too soon. It wasn't going to be straightforward and I just had to ride her like she was the best and the fastest in the field. Like I said, I can't wait to ride her in a truly run race.”


On what it means to have a horse like her in his career, he added: “It’s unbelievable. Every time I ride for Mr Weld, I just seem to land on my feet, because every year I’ve ridden for him, I had a Group One winner out of it – I’ve had two this year and two last year.

“To get a filly like her at any stage of your career is brilliant, but to think we are only half way through the season and the boss's horses always get better later on. I don't know what her immediate plans would be, but she's a pleasure to have anything to do with. I just have to make sure I don't get suspended or injured because horses like her don't come round too often and I'll appreciate her now.

He added: “This means a lot, because the way a lot of people were talking, I was the only chink in her armour. I wasn't a chink today anyway.”

Ralph Beckett said of Remarquee: “By the time she did get rolling the gap was closing. You don't see many of ours with a sheepskin nose band, and she wears it because she is still green. She has not had that much racing. She has run her legs off today. It is a length [she lost], and she has run on again and made up a length in the last half furlong, at least! I am not disappointed with her in the slightest. The Guineas was a non-event – she had only had two starts and is a slow learner! She will go for the Falmouth next, I think that will suit."

Rob Hornby added: “Remarquee has run a great race and it is nice that she has stepped up. She has put the run at Newmarket behind her. It probably came a little early in the season and after a hard run in the Fred Darling.

Sounds Of Heaven’s jockey Ronan Whelan said: “It was a great run. On paper it looked straightforward from my point of view, and thankfully the race went like that. My filly has run a belter and I think there is more to come from her. She is not the finished article yet. She will be better as the year goes on."

Cleeve Racing £10 trial

Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series)
£600,000 guaranteed, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good to Firm

1 (3)    Tahiyra 3 9-2 D K Weld Chris Hayes 8/13F
2 (2)
1 Remarquee 3 9-2 Ralph Beckett Rob Hornby 25/1
3 (5)
hd Sounds Of Heaven 3 9-2 Mrs John Harrington Ronan Whelan 16/1
4 (4)
1 Meditate 3 9-2 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 7/2
5 (1)
3 Queen For You 3 9-2 John & Thady Gosden Robert Havlin 9/1
6 (6)
18 Mammas Girl 3 9-2 Richard Hannon Kevin Stott 16/1
NR 1 (7) Comhra 3 9-2 J S Bolger NON RUNNER

Past Results

2022-WINNER-INSPIRAL John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori Cheveley Park Stud 3 9-02 15/8F

2021-WINNER-ALCOHOL FREE Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy JC Smith 3 9-00 11/2

2020-WINNER-ALPINE STAR Jessica Harrington IRE Frankie Dettori Niarchos Family 3-9-00 9/2

2019-WINNER-WATCH ME Francis-Henri Graffard FR Pierre-Charles Boudot Alexander Tamagni 3-9-00 20/1

2018-WINNER-ALPHA CENTAURI Jessica Harrington IRE Colm O’Donoghue Niarchos Family 3-9-00 11/4F

2017-WINNER-WINTER 3-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Ryan
Moore; SP-4/9F
2ND-Roly Poly 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Seamie Heffernan; SP-
3RD-Hydrangea 3-9-00 Owner-Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Padraig Beggy; SP-
7 ran; Time-1m 39.39s; Dist- 2¼, nk

2016-WINNER-QEMAH 3-9-00 Owner-Al Shaqab Racing; Trainer- Jean-Claude Rouget FR; Jockey-Gregory Benoist; SP-6/1
2ND-Nemoralia 3-9-00 Owner-T Allan, J Lovat & C Pigram; Trainer-Jeremy Noseda; Jockey-Olivier Peslier: SP-4/1
3RD-Alice Springs 3-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-8/1
13 ran; Time-1m 40.56s; Dist-1¾, shd 9/4 Fav Jet Setting (6th)

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.

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