Wednesday, 17th Jun 2020
Cloak Of Spirits can go one better than when runner-up in the 2000 Guineas in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes for three-year-old fillies over the round mile at Royal Ascot on Saturday (14:25).
Trained by Richard Hannon, this Sheikh Mohammed Obaid owned daughter of Invincible Spirit is the only one with a course win in the line-up.
Cloak Of Spirits scored on her racecourse debut here last July by 3 1/2 lengths in taking style. She has since improved on sixth and third efforts in Group 2 company by chasing home Love over the Rowley Mile.
Nobody was any match for the winner in the 1000 Guineas, but Cloak Of Spirits kept on and held second. Although there was just a head between her and the re-opposing Quadrilateral, that rival may want further.
That is the best Classic form on offer for the Coronation Stakes. It makes Cloak Of Spirits a bit of value at the odds on offer under the owner’s retained rider Andrea Atzeni.
This is a very competitive renewal and Alpine Star makes her reappearance here. Trained by Jessica Harrington, this Niarchos Family owned Sea The Moon filly won her last two starts.
After placing third in a Leopardstown maiden behind Love, Alpine Star comfortably landed a Galway Festival maiden. She pulled 3 1/4 lengths clear of Aidan O’Brien trained Queen’s Vase entrant Santiago.
That colt can advertise the form if running well here on Friday. Alpine Star then just got up in the final strides for a short-head success in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes at The Curragh.
On this occasion she finished in front of Love. However, things have not gone entirely to plan with Alpine Star since. Harrington wanted to run her in the French 1000 Guineas, but the logistics were difficult.
The Coronation Stakes is a race of similar stature, but the stable’s fillies haven’t fired in the other Classics. Despite the booking of Frankie Dettori in the saddle, Alpine Star is opposed.
Roger Charlton and Prince Khalid Abdullah’s filly Quadrilateral lost her unbeaten record last time out, meanwhile. She just got up in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket last season for a Group 1 win and career hat-trick.
However, Flat thoroughbreds who stay a mile as juveniles can want further at three. That may be the case with this beautifully bred daughter of Frankel.
Although there is little between Quadrilateral and Cloak Of Spirits on their 1000 Guineas runs, she shouldn’t be half the price.
John Gosden trained filly Run Wild makes a big step up in grade and drops back in trip. She is only one from four over a mile, however, with no victories on turf and thus looks exposed.
American raider Sharing scored Breeders’ Cup success as a juvenile, so is an interesting each-way contender.
The Sprightstown filly has won four of her five starts and is unbeaten in three outings over a mile. She completed a juvenile hat-trick at Santa Anita where she stayed on strongly for a ready 1 1/4 lengths victory.
Sharing defeated highly regarded fillies including Daahyeh and Albigna. That Group 1 Breeders’ Cup triumph means she has joint top rating of 114.
Quadrilateral shares that mark, but didn’t run up to it in the 1000 Guineas. On official figures, it doesn’t make sense that this transatlantic traveller is twice the price.
A repeat of her Santa Anita success puts Sharing in the mix for the Coronation Stakes under Oisin Murphy. She warmed up for Royal Ascot with victory in a conditions contest on Churchill Downs.
Ballydoyle maestro O’Brien, meanwhile, is in the rare position of saddling two outsiders. Irish 1000 Guineas third So Wonderful is still a maiden after nine starts.
On back form, she has something to find with Alpine Star. Love Locket, meanwhile, has most to find on official figures but kept on well for a Group 3 success in a Leopardstown Classic Trial over 7f lasst week.
She is quickly turned out for the Coronation Stakes, but could outrun her odds with further progress still to come.