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Royal Ascot 2012

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Fallen For You wins the 2012 Coronation Stakes
Fallen For You wins the 2012 Coronation Stakes on the fourth day of the Royal Ascot meet.

Fallen For You wins the 2012 Coronation Stakes on the fourth day of the Royal Ascot meet.

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The £272,500 (US $424,500) Coronation Stakes (G1) was first run in 1840 to commemorate the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1838, and is the filly counterpart to the St. James's Palace Stakes, contested at 1 mile. Homecoming Queen was the 9-4 favorite in the field of 10 over 7-2 Laugh Out Loud and 9-2 Samitar. Homecoming Queen and Laugh Out Loud battled for the early lead, stalked by Samitar to the inside. At the 1/4 pole the pace battle took its toll as the race set up for the closers. 12-1 Fallen For You, last early, came through to gain the lead at the 1/8 pole and drew off to win by 3 1/4 lengths over 11-1 Starscope in 1:42.95 over the soft going. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to 11-1 Irish History third, while Homecoming Queen tired to finish 8th.

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Winning trainer John Gosden said, "She trained beautifully, worked well last Sunday morning, and we were ready for a big run. They went hard up front, there's a strong headwind and she was just sat there. She is classy, this is not a fluke."

Jockey William Buick added, "The fast pace suited her. Things have conspired against her in the past but today everything went perfect. She finished off really well and won easily. Like John said, this is not a fluke. The turn of foot was impressive against the best of her generation."

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