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'She is perfect' - Ervedya takes Coronation Stakes after breathtaking finish at Ascot

Published 19/06/2015 | 17:01

Prince Andrew, Duke of York congratulates jockey Christophe Soumillon (right) after his winning ride on Ervedya in the Coronation Stakes during day four of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse
Prince Andrew, Duke of York congratulates jockey Christophe Soumillon (right) after his winning ride on Ervedya in the Coronation Stakes during day four of the 2015 Royal Ascot Meeting at Ascot Racecourse

Christophe Soumillon produced Ervedya with a withering late run to claim top honours in a pulsating Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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Arabian Queen took the Group One field along for much of the mile contest, but began to feel the pinch from the home turn.

Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up and 13-8 favourite Found quickened up to lead inside the final two furlongs, but Soumillon timed his challenge just right aboard Jean-Claude Rouget's 3-1 chance Ervedya and came from further back to win the prestigious prize by a neck.

Lucida, another 3-1 shot, was just half a length away in third.

Soumillon said: "I was lucky I got a gap in the middle.

"I knew Aidan O'Brien's filly would be at the top of her game today and she beat us last year in Longchamp.

"When I saw her in that position I thought it was better to stay behind her and maybe that's why I won, as if I had come on the outside I'm not sure she would have quickened like she did and stay on to the line.

"It's not an easy track to handle and we were not sure she would, but now we know.

"She goes on any ground, any distance, any course - she is perfect and has a lovely temperament."

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