Titania among Coronation 18
Published 14/06/2014 | 17:22
My Titania is set to make her belated seasonal reappearance in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot next Friday after 18 fillies were confirmed for the Group One contest.
John Oxx's charge missed the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket after suffering a setback and the Irish equivalent on account of the testing conditions.
The daughter of Sea The Stars has not been seen in racecourse action since she won the Group Three Park Stakes at the Curragh last September.
Bracelet and Tapestry are Aidan O'Brien's two remaining contenders, while the Olly Stevens-trained Lightning Thunder takes top billing having filled the runner-up spot in both the English and Irish 1000 Guineas this season.
George Margarson has given Lucky Kristale the green light after his stable star worked "exceptionally well" in a crucial gallop on Saturday morning.
Last year's Duchess Of Cambridge and Lowther Stakes winner disappointed on her seasonal reappearance in the 1000 Guineas, running away with Tom Queally in the early stages before predictably weakening.
Margarson is adamant his filly is better than she showed on the Rowley Mile and expects a much improved display next Friday.
The trainer said: "Jimmy Quinn rode her and she worked exceptionally well. She worked with two 95-plus-rated older horses and it was certainly the best bit of work she's done this year. It was probably as well as she's ever worked.
"Jimmy was very positive about her, so much so he asked if he could ride her next week, but as we all know she's Tom Queally's ride and he'll be on board next week, all being well.
"Tom never rode her work last year. He only rode her on the racecourse and she's a different horse when she goes racing to what she is at home.
"We couldn't be more pleased and it's all systems go for the Coronation now. She's also entered in the Jersey Stakes, but the Coronation is the plan."
The Charlie Hills-trained Kiyoshi is another filly who has not been seen in competitive action since her juvenile days, while Clive Brittain's Rizeena will aim to bounce back from her slightly disappointing effort on the Rowley Mile early last month.
There is international interest, too, with American trainer Kenny McPeek sending Rosalind on a transAtlantic mission.
Jean-Claude Rouget's Lesstalk In Paris, Alain de Royer-Dupre's Veda and Andre Fabre's 1000 Guineas winner Miss France are all in contention, although the latter looks set to run in the French Oaks instead.
Amazing Maria, Euro Charline and J Wonder remain in the mix.