Denford Stud hailed another stunning performance from CORONET (GB) after she secured a second Group 1 triumph of the season in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville on Sunday.
The Berkshire-based owners and breeders were once again in dreamland as the John Gosden-trained grey added to her considerable gains from the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in June with an irrepressible performance under Frankie Dettori.
Coronet, a five-year-old daughter of DUBAWI, stayed on purposefully inside the final furlong and never looked like losing, with runner-up WITH YOU (GB) three-quarters of a length in arrears.
Fellow British-bred contender, RED TEA (GB), finished third – a further length and three-quarters away from the winner.
Richard Evans, Denford Stud farm manager, said:
“She’s absolutely fine (on Monday morning) and has taken the race really, really well.
“We’re still on a high, to be honest. The ground was a slight concern – we didn’t want it like a bog – but it dried out and became quite sticky, and she doesn’t mind it on the soft side.
“She was a very comfortable winner and we are obviously well chuffed with her.
“We started the season wondering whether or not she would win a Group 1, and now she has won two of them.
“It is a wonderful result for everyone concerned.”
Coronet is a half-sister to four winners, most significantly the 2015 St Leger runner-up, MIDAS TOUCH (GB), and Group-race performer STREETCAR TO STARS (GB). She is out of laudable mare APPROACH (GB), who was by the mighty DARSHAAN (GB).
She is now likely to have one more run before her retirement.
Richard Evans added:
“Coronet will now be lined up for the (Qipco British Champions) Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day (October 19).
“That will be her swansong and she will then head off to the paddocks.
“She’s a retained homebred so she’ll come back to the stud after her racing career is over, which will be lovely.
“It’s also fantastic for Prince Faisal (Denford Stud owner) who bred Coronet.
“We’ll be pushing our luck asking for another Group 1 from her, but this is as probably as good as it gets, to be honest.”
ADVERTISE (GB) showed class and bravery in equal measure to claim a third Group 1 triumph in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.
The three-year-old son of SHOWCASING (GB), trained in Manton by Martyn Meade, added to his considerable gains in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot with a neck defeat of fellow British-bred raider BRANDO (GB), who won this race two years ago.
Owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds Ltd, Advertise was bred at Cheveley Park Stud, in Newmarket, and was sold to Dermot Farrington for £60,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale at Doncaster in August 2017.
He is a half-brother to FLAVIUS TITUS (GB), who has won four races between six and seven furlongs – the most recent of which coming at Newmarket on June 8.
His dam, FURBELOW (GB) – by the mighty PIVOTAL (GB) – is carrying a full-brother to Advertise, who also claimed Group 1 glory in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh last August.
Trainer Martyn Meade told the Press Association:
“I’m absolutely over the moon. We were quite confident coming here, but you can never be over-confident as so much can go wrong.
“There was plenty of pace on, which was a big help, and he saw it out really well.
“He’s won three Group Ones now in Ireland, England and France, which is a great achievement.”
“You’ve now got Haydock, Champions Day at Ascot and the seven-furlong race on Arc day (Prix de la Foret).
“We’ll take our time and think very carefully as we want to make sure he finishes on a high – I wouldn’t like him to get beaten at this stage.
“We also want to make sure we don’t overdo it as you can easily get tempted into getting greedy.”
TOO DARN HOT (GB) put the gloss on a tremendous month for British breeders with a feisty victory in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Much was expected of the John Gosden-trained three-year-old following his facile Group 1 triumph in the Qatar Prix Jean Prat at Deauville on July 7.
And he did not let down anyone upon his return to a mile, with Frankie Dettori’s companion winning by half a length from CIRCUS MAXIMUS.
Jockey Frankie Dettori said:
“He’s got so much speed. He’s a wonderful horse and he deserved a proper Group 1.
“His home-work has been good and putting his head in front in France did him the world of good.
“A Breeders’ Cup Mile would be ideal – I’m sure that could be an end-of-season target.”
Too Darn Hot is owned by Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber, who bred the star colt at their Watership Down Stud, in Berkshire, from the operation’s most high-profile family.
Last year’s Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes winner and European Champion Two-Year-Old is a son of Dalham Hall’s DUBAWI and out of broodmare DAR RE MI (GB).
Dar Re Mi is also a Watership Down homebred who won Group 1 races in Britain, Ireland and Dubai and has since become the stud’s flag-bearer.
Her offspring so far include LAH TI DAR (GB), runner-up in last year’s St Leger at Doncaster and winner of this year’s Group 2 Middleton Stakes, and Group 3 scorer SO MI DAR (GB).
Trainer John Gosden said:
“He’s very fast. The horse has shown his class – here and in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat over seven (furlongs).
“We’ve got races like the Moulin – and there’s obviously the QEII – but you’ve also got the sprints to think about, like at Haydock.
“The race I’m really toying with is the Breeders’ Cup Mile – that might be just the one to be thinking of right now. I’d probably be working back from that.
“I know the mother stayed a mile and a half, but he’s an out-and-out speed horse.”
The full-brother to Too Darn Hot became the most expensive yearling sold at auction last year when knocked down to David Redvers, on behalf of Qatar Racing, for 3.5million guineas at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1.
It was agreed last November that Too Darn Hot will stand at Dalham Hall Stud at the end of his racing career.
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