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Coronet sticks on stoutly to edge home in thrilling Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot

Thu 22 Jun 2017

Watch how Coronet got up in the final strides under Olivier Peslier to land a thrilling Ribblesdale Stakes and listen to what winning jockey Olivier Peslier had to say

By Racinguk.comstaff

Coronet just denied Mori in a thrilling finish to the Ribblesdale Stakes.

Mori, who was bidding to give trainer Sir Michael Stoute a record 76th winner at the Royal meeting, looked set to strike as she reeled in Hertford Dancer, only for 9-1 shot Coronet to swoop down the outside in the hands of Olivier Peslier.

In a fascinating renewal of the Group Two contest, Silvestre de Sousa stole a march on his rivals as he tried to make all on The Sky Is Blazing, building a lead of upwards of 10 lengths - an advantage she still held turning for home.

However, she began to toil with over two furlongs to run, allowing Hertford Dancer to assume the lead which she held until under a furlong to run.

Impeccably-bred favourite Mori - who is by Frankel out of Midday - was the first to edge in front, but then Peslier launched a perfectly-timed challenge to just prevail by a neck on the John Gosden-trained winner, with stablemate Hertford Dancer clinging on for third.

Peslier said: "It was a good gallop, which was a big help for me.

"After the last corner, I didn't really have the gap to come. I just let the filly come slowly, I didn't want to push her too hard.

"John did say the filly takes a bit of time, but when she comes she comes home well.

"That is why I didn't panic, I took a bit of time and came late."

Gosden was pleased with the performances of both the first and third.

He said: "That was great. There was a strong pace and it was a great test of a mile and a half.

"I thought Hertford Dancer had the race won. She'd been close enough to the pace, but she ran a great race and was ridden well.

"I told Olivier his filly would come on strong late. I thought Mori was going to win and then Olivier came and grabbed her.

"It was a great run from Coronet. She ran in the Oaks and liked the uphill but not the downhill.

"It was a high-class race today."

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