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Royal Ascot 2008


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Lush Lashes wins the 2008 Coronation Stakes
Lush Lashes wins the Coronation Stakes on the fourth day of the Royal Ascot meet.

Lush Lashes wins the Coronation Stakes on the fourth day of the Royal Ascot meet.

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The 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. A field of 11 three-year-old fillies contested the "old mile" on Friday for a purse of £250,000 (about $489,200 US). 10-1 Nahoodh went to the front and led the field down the backstretch and around the far turn, with 5-1 second choice Lush Lashes and 7-1 Modern Look stalking the pace. At the top of the stretch, Lush Lashes was asked by jockey Kevin Manning and she responded, collaring the pacesetter at the quarter pole. At the 1/8 pole Nahoodh gave way allowing Lush Lashes to open up late. 11-2 third choice Infallible rallied strongly on the outside but had too much ground to make up as Lush Lashes cruised under the line 3 1/4 lengths clear in 1:39.23 over the good-to-firm course. It was another 3/4 lengths back to 16-1 Caribbean Sunset third, while 9-4 favorite Spacious was fourth.

Winning trainer Jim Bolger said, "I've been very impressed with her but I didn't think she could win in that style. We knew after Epsom that she was going the right way but obviously I was very tempted to go for the Ribblesdale. But having won a Group race already, we decided to upgrade her into a Group One and she's done it very well. She had the Goffs (Fillies) Million won with a furlong to run and that is only seven furlongs, so she's always shown plenty of pace. Next time it will probably be a mile and a half. There's the Irish Oaks at the Curragh."

Jockey Kevin Manning added, "She traveled very well and we were in a lovely position all the way. She stays well and I think she didn't handle the track at Epsom. At York (in the Musidora), she put her head down and ran right the way to the line. She makes the job very easy."

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