Sunday 11 December 2016

Mark Johnston's Buratino storms to victory in Coventry Stakes

Published 16/06/2015 | 15:24

William Buick celebrates after winning the Coventry Stakes on Buratino Reuters / Eddie Keogh
William Buick celebrates after winning the Coventry Stakes on Buratino Reuters / Eddie Keogh

Mark Johnston's Derby day winner Buratino followed up in some style in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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The son of Exceed and Excel routed the opposition in the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom just 10 days ago and was a 6-1 shot stepped up to Grade Two company in Berkshire.

William Buick buried the youngster in the middle of the pack for much of the six-furlong journey, before switching him towards the stands side to launch his challenge.

Buratino showed off his gears as he quickened up to the lead and only had to pushed out hands and heels in the last 100 yards to beat Aidan O'Brien's Air Force Blue by two lengths.

Eltezam was third ahead of two of the winner's stablemates, Beaverbrook and Ode To Evening, in fourth and fifth respectively.

Round Two was the 9-4 favourite for Jim Bolger, but having raced close to the pace he weakened out of contention and was ultimately disappointing.

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