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Coronation Stakes Tips - Primo to strike in Royal Ascot Group 1

  • The Coronation Stakes takes place on day four of Royal Ascot
  • Mother Earth tops the betting, ahead of Primo Bacio and Pretty Gorgeous
  • Primo Bacio is our best bet
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Primo Bacio bolts up at York. (Getty)
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The second of two Group Ones on day four of Royal Ascot is the Coronation Stakes. 

The colt's equivalent of this one mile event, the St James's Palace Stakes was incredibly open, and this race for three-year-old fillies promises to be equally as competitive.

We've taken a look through the confirmed runners and picked out our best betting tips.

Coronation Stakes Runners

All eyes were on Santa Barbara heading into the 1000 Guineas, but it was her stablemate, Mother Earth who powered home under Frankie Dettori to win that fabled Classic. Aidan O'Brien's filly couldn't quite repeat those heroics in the French 1000 Guineas, finishing second behind a shock winner, but it was still a cracking effort and she deservedly tops the market.

In Mother Earth's absence, Empress Josephine was on-hand to gift Aidan O'Brien the Irish 1000 Guineas. Seamie Heffernan's mount was a 14/1 shot that day, having failed to impress earlier in her career, and she'll be out to prove that Classic success was no fluke on Friday.

Primo Bacio moved from last to first in the blink of an eye and quickened clear impressively to win the Michael Seely at York last time out. Ed Walker's filly encountered traffic problems when fourth on her reappearance in the Fred Darling, and she's the highest placed of the British contenders in the betting.

Pretty Gorgeous was the beaten favourite in the Irish 1000 Guineas, where she was clearly in need of the run. Joseph O'Brien's imposing filly remains open to plenty of improvement, but I'm not sure whether she'll be seen to best effect on quick ground.

Alcohol Free ran on well to place fifth in the 1000 Guineas, a good effort on the back of her Nell Gwyn success. Snow Lantern was the beaten favourite in the Michael Seely, but Richard Hannon's filly pulled hard for the majority of that race and didn't give her true running in the end.

Potapova is unbeaten in two career starts, and this daughter of Invincible Spirit looks an excellent prospect. Yet, for someone who bases their selection on form, the fact that she's only faced horses rated in the mid-70s so far pushes her out of my reckoning.

Fev Rover kept on well to finish on the podium in the 1000 Guineas, and ran a little better than the result suggests when tenth in the Irish Guineas. Shale was pulled from the Irish Guineas when it became clear the ground would be very heavy, and she has to be respected based on her juvenile form.

Tom Marquand will ride Lullaby Moon, who finished eleventh of 13 on her reappearance at Longchamp. The field is completed by three Irish raiders, My Generation, Oodnadatta and Friendly, who've won twice between them in 16 starts.

Coronation Stakes Tips

With no clear pace-setter in the field, there's a chance this race could turn into a sprint. That would certainly favour PRIMO BACIO, who showed an electric turn of foot when winning at York and she could relish quick ground conditions.

Ed Walker's filly needed four starts to shed her maiden tag, winning well around a turning track at Lingfield in December. On her reappearance in the Nell Gwyn, Hollie Doyle found her path blocked twice as she tried to work her way into contention, before making eye-catching late progress to finish fourth behind Alcohol Free.

Her sire, Awtaad handled Ascot well, finishing third behind Galileo Gold in the 2016 St James's Palace Stakes and fourth behind Minding in that season's QEII. Andrea Atzeni retains his spot in the saddle, and Primo Bacio remains a filly on the up.


Primo Bacio blew everyone away when winning at York, and I'm hopeful that this pacey filly can deal with this step up in grade.

Coronation Stakes Tips: Primo Bacio Straight Win @600.00 at Ladbrokes Australia - 5 Units

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