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Confirmed runners and riders for Friday's Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot

Mother Earth winning the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket
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Top honours in the three-year-old fillies' mile division will be up for grabs as Guineas winners Mother Earth and Empress Josephine face off in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.

Ryan Moore will partner Qipco 1,000 Guineas winner Mother Earth with Seamie Heffernan continuing his association with Empress Josephine following their Irish 1,000 Guineas victory last month.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained pair appear in a final field of 13 for the Group 1 contest, which is also set to feature impressive York winner Primo Bacio and last year's Fillies' Mile victor Pretty Gorgeous.

Mother Earth was unable to follow up her Newmarket victory when second in the French 1,000 Guineas but was installed as bet365's 7-2 favourite following the confirmations on Wednesday morning.


Royal Ascot Friday racecards


Empress Josephine was priced up at 4-1, with the Ed Walker-trained Primo Bacio available at 5-1.

French-trained fillies have won three of the last six runnings of the Coronation and although that trend will not continue, the German-based Novemba will provide the international interest.

Snow Lantern, an impressive winner at Newbury on her seasonal comeback, will be looking to return to winning ways after finishing third behind Primo Bacio at York.


Coronation Stakes runners and riders

Alcohol Free Oisin Murphy
Empress Josephine Seamie Heffernan
Fev Rover Paul Hanagan
Flirting Bridge Wayne Lordan
Lullaby Moon James Doyle
Mother Earth Ryan Moore
Novemba David Egan
Oodnadatta Shane Foley
Potapova Richard Kingscote
Pretty Gorgeous Frankie Dettori
Primo Bacio Andrea Atzeni
Shale Gavin Ryan
Snow Lantern Sean Levey


Lullaby Moon has also been declared for the Coronation instead of contesting the same day's Commonwealth Cup, which attracted 21 runners.

The overseas challenge in the three-year-old Group 1 is strong with two fillies – the Wesley Ward-trained Campanelle and unbeaten French contender Suesa – prominent in the betting. 

Oisin Murphy takes the ride on Dragon Symbol, while last year's Middle Park winner Supremacy will wear blinkers as he bids to bounce back from a disappointing comeback in the Pavilion Stakes.

Alenquer, who beat Derby hero Adayar in the Sandown Classic Trial on his last start, has been confirmed in a field of eight for the King Edward VII Stakes.


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The Aidan O'Brien-trained pair feature in a final field of 13 for the Group 1 contest, which is also set to feature impressive York winner Primo Bacio
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