Coronet can be crowned Leger queen at a juicy price
Gosden's filly looks value around the 14-1 mark
John Gosden has any number of top-class fillies this year, but Coronet could be the one he directs towards the St Leger and it is easy to argue she is more value than her price of 14-1 suggests.
Winner of the Zetland Stakes on her last start at two, Coronet beat Wings Of Eagles and Permian that day, form that now reads extremely well. Third in the Prix Saint-Alary on her first start at three, she stayed on eyecatchingly over the inadequate trip to the delight of Frankie Dettori, who suggested the race was merely a trial for Epsom.
After having previously handled the undulations at Newmarket, it was then a surprise to see her struggle at Epsom, but she still ran a perfectly respectable race in fifth, and she has since proved she is far superior to Alluringly, who finished third.
Winner and stablemate Enable – who is bound for the Irish Oaks, possibly to be joined by Coronet, before she tackles Yorkshire’s equivalent, looks exceptional and Rhododendron may well have won the Prix de Diane if she hadn’t broken a blood vessel. This year’s fillies look just as good if not better than the colts, making Enable potentially the best three-year-old in Europe.
Were Coronet to run on Sunday she could well advance her claims for the Leger with a positive showing, highlighting the need to take the 14-1 now.
The strong pace set by The Sky Is Blazing suited Coronet down to the ground in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, and she would have won by much further than the official margin of a neck had she not had to switch around horses a furlong from home, causing her to lose valuable momentum. The market confidence behind second-placed Mori spoke volumes beforehand and she too looks a Group 1 filly in the making.
Coronet has a potent change of gear, but her pedigree is laden with stamina – she is a half-sister to Midas Touch, who finished second in the Leger – and her 3lb fillies’ allowance will only serve to benefit her further at Doncaster, where the galloping track promises to marry perfectly to her talents.
Her current rating of 108 puts her on exactly the same footing as Simple Verse in 2015 – I would argue she is better than that – and the form of market leaders Capri, Rekindling and Stradivarius is worth questioning.
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