Coronation Stakes
Group 1 Fillies , Ascot 15:45
£650,000 guaranteed,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1   
Friday 21st June 2024


Aidan O'Brien's Opera Singer is expected to take a big step forward from the Irish 1,000 Guineas on her belated seasonal debut following a spring setback.

“Opera Singer was only in full work probably five weeks before the Curragh, so we really couldn’t expect her to run any better than she did – we didn’t expect her to run that well really,” said O’Brien.

“We were thinking of a nice run in mid-division and she’d come on a lot for it, so she ran an absolute blinder and we think she’s come forward plenty since then.”


Donnacha O’Brien is currently favouring this for 1000 Guineas runner-up Porta Fortuna, but he remains open to the possibility of running his star filly in the Commonwealth Cup. Last year, as a trainer, he celebrated his first success at the summer showpiece when Porta Fortuna won the Albany Stakes.

Porta Fortuna has since achieved Group One glory in the Cheveley Park Stakes and came close to securing a Classic victory at Newmarket. While she is proven over the Commonwealth Cup track and trip, O’Brien is inclined to continue racing her over a mile.

A potential Royal Ascot rematch with Elmalka, who conquered the Rowley Mile is on the horizon. However, weather conditions may influence their decision, as a wet week in Berkshire could prompt Porta Fortuna to drop back to six furlongs.

O’Brien said: “Obviously, Porta Fortuna will be our main hope for Ascot and we’re still undecided on Coronation or Commonwealth. 

“The ground will play a factor and there is some rain forecast. If they got some rain, then we would be more likely to go Commonwealth, but if it is good ground, then the Coronation would probably be more likely. 

“She’s very straightforward and an easy filly to train, so it makes things a lot easier. 

“I keep swapping and changing in my head what the best place is to go with her. I would be leaning towards the Coronation but if the ground came up soft, then we will obviously think about dropping back in trip instead.”


William Buick is set to ride Devoted Queen, the unbeaten filly trained by Charlie Appleby.

A daughter of Kingman, she is also a half-sister to One Ruler, who finished second in the Futurity Trophy in 2020.

She secured victory in a Newmarket maiden last October and continued her winning streak this season with a penalty win at Kempton. However, it was her recent performance at York that truly showcased her talent. Having stepped up to Listed company, she convincingly won, making her a strong contender against 1000 Guineas winner Elmalka as well as French challenger Ramatuelle.

“It’s going to be a good race, it’s like the Guineas, the Coronation, it always usually is,” Buick told Sky Sports Racing.

“She’ll have to step up but I was very pleased with her at York, she put daylight between herself and the second and she can only improve.

“She’s going to have to, but hopefully she has.”

Cleeve Racing £10 trial

Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series)
£650,000 guaranteed, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
11 remaining entries
Going: Good to Firm

1 14-102 Chic Colombine 3 9-2 George Boughey
2 2614-8 Content 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
3 1-11 Devoted Queen 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby
4 1-31 Elmalka 3 9-2 Roger Varian James Doyle
5 111-10 Folgaria 3 9-2 Marco Botti
6 1211-3 Opera Singer 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
7 2312-2 Porta Fortuna 3 9-2 Donnacha O'Brien
8 112-23 Ramatuelle 3 9-2 Christopher Head Oisin Murphy
9 31-31 Rouhiya 3 9-2 F-H Graffard
10 123-0 See The Fire 3 9-2 Andrew Balding
11 412-8 Skellet 3 9-2 Ralph Beckett

Past Results

2023-WINNER-TAHIYRA D K Weld Chris Hayes H H Aga Khan 3 9-02 8/13F

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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