Monday 19 February 2018

Together's experience to swing Coronation for O'Brien

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

JIM BOLGER and Aidan O'Brien could carry all before them for a second successive day at Royal Ascot this afternoon.

On the penultimate programme of what has been a fantastic festival, the grand master and his all-conquering protege are both represented in the featured Coronation Stakes, which Bolger claimed with Lush Lashes two years before O'Brien plundered it for a second time with Lillie Langtry in 2010.

Today, the Ballydoyle handler saddles his dual 1,000 Guineas runner-up Together, while Bolger depends on Claiomh Solais, which finished fourth in the Irish Classic at The Curragh.

Given that the latter remains unexposed on just her sixth career start, it is not entirely out of the question that we might see that piece of form turned on its head.

Nonetheless, with the slow ground such a crucial factor now, Together's experience might just win the day if the 13-runner showpiece turns into a battle.


Ryan Moore's mount has run in four Group One races during her 11-race career and has yet to be beaten by more than a length and three quarters in any of them.

When Together ran in the Fillies' Mile at Ascot last September, conditions were similarly soft. On that occasion, she found only the unbeaten White Moonstone too strong and it's worth remembering that another of today's rivals, Theyskens' Theory, was well held then back in third.

Following a late mugging by Blue Bunting in the English 1,000 Guineas, Together's game effort at The Curragh was again undone by a well-timed burst by her stablemate Misty For Me.

As the fifth home Banimpire has gone on to confirm in splendid fashion since, that form is rock solid and it is by some way the best on offer here.

Bolger's best prospect of glory might be Teolane in the Albany Stakes.

A Group Three that he won with Cuis Ghaire on the same day that Lush Lashes ran away with the Coronation, this is a typically competitive renewal of the juvenile fillies' event.

Following yesterday's Norfolk triumph, Kevin Ryan and Philip Makin will be hoping for a famous double with the facile Redcar winner Inetrobil. Judy The Beauty, representing the American handler Wesley Ward, should also go close.

However, Teolane has done nothing but impress since getting beaten on her debut at Naas last month.


In two subsequent outings, including the Listed Naas sprint that Cuis Ghaire won en route here, she has made all to win in commanding fashion, and there is every reason to believe she can continue to prosper now.

Elsewhere, Waydownsouth is fancied to defy odds of up to 20/1 in the Wolferton.

This is a decent 10-furlong handicap but, with Green Destiny up 12lbs for completing a hat-trick at Newmarket in April and as low as 7/4 in the betting, there has to be value elsewhere.

A rare Ascot runner for Pat Flynn, Waydownsouth recorded her own three-timer in handicaps last season.

On her latest start, she ran well to beat her 107-rated stablemate She's Our Mark when third to Viscount Nelson in a Listed race at The Curragh. If she reproduces that performance, a win here off a mark of 99 is entirely possible.

In the King Edward Stakes, Colm O'Donoghue is out to follow up his Gallinule Stakes success on Alexander Pope, but the partnership may have to play second fiddle to Genius Beast.

The Godolphin representative kept on well to be third over a mile and three furlongs at Longchamp last time, so the extra furlong will suit now.


2.30 Teolane

3.05 Genius Beast

3.45 Together

4.25 Waydownsouth

5.00 Eternal Heart

5.35 Our Jonathan

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