Monday 19 March 2018

Cecil launches Coronation Quest

Jacqueline Quest ridden by Tom Queally. Photo: Getty Images
Jacqueline Quest ridden by Tom Queally. Photo: Getty Images

Henry Cecil hopes Jacqueline Quest can set the record straight in the Coronation Stakes after her crushing relegation into second place in the 1000 Guineas.

The three-year-old filly beat Special Duty by a nose at Newmarket, but was adjudged to have caused interference with that rival and was demoted into second, denying jockey Tom Queally his first Classic win.

Cecil reports the Noel Martin-owned daughter of Rock of Gibraltar to have progressed since the Guineas, and is hopeful of a good run at Royal Ascot tomorrow.

He said: "Jacqueline Quest is a very good filly, she seems to have improved since Newmarket but we'll have to find out how good she is."

The trainer also saddles Chachamaidee, who will be partnered by Eddie Ahern.

The filly won by three-quarter lengths at York over the Coronation trip of a mile on her last start in May.

Cecil added: "Chachamaidee is starting to settle a bit better.

"They are both very well and deserve to be there, so I hope they run very well."

Jacqueline Quest is a general 7-1 chance to win the Coronation, while stablemate Chachamaidee is as big as 20-1.

Lillie Langtry flashed home in the Irish Guineas to finish fifth on her first start of the current campaign.

While she certainly does not owe connections anything having won the Timeform Fillies' 800 last season, Aidan O'Brien expects conditions to favour her greatly tomorrow.

"We're very happy with her. It was her first run of the season at the Curragh and she was coming home really well," said O'Brien.

"She's come out of the race very well and we always felt she was a very high-class filly. Everything has gone smoothly so far since the Curragh so we are looking forward to running her.

"She was staying on strongly the last day and Johnny (Murtagh) felt she was coming home best of all, another 50 yards and she was probably nearly there so you'd have to be delighted with her for her first run.

"She's a very good mover who handles fast ground well and she has plenty of speed so good ground would be lovely."

Sent From Heaven is another filly bringing Classic form to the table having finished fourth in a messy renewal of the English Guineas.

That run proved she had trained on and connections have targeted this race ever since.

"She ran a great race in the Guineas last time. She has freshened up well and she ran well at Ascot last year," said trainer Barry Hills' son and assistant Charlie.

"She was placed in the Fillies' Mile and her work has been very good. This has been the plan since the Guineas."

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