Fallen For You shines in Coronation romp
Report: Royal Ascot, Friday
Coronation Stakes (Group 1) 3yo fillies, 1m round
FALLEN FOR YOU led home a one-two for trainer John Gosden when she produced a scintillating turn of foot to give the trainer a second win in the Group 1 race.
Gosden, who won the race with Nannina six years ago, was completing a double on the afternoon after Newfangled had posted an equally impressive win in the opening Albany Stakes and cemented William Buick's place as the leading rider at the meeting with his third win of the week.
The daughter of Dansili had failed to recapture the form she showed when finishing second in the May Hill Stakes last season in three subsequent starts, but she put up a career-best effort to beat her stablemate Starscope by three and a quarter lengths.
Homecoming Queen had been sent into the front-running position she used so successfully in the 1,000 Guineas but, running into a strong headwind on the home straight, those settled in behind came out best.
Having been towards the rear early on, Fallen For You showed an electric burst of speed down the outside to shoot well clear of the field with Starscope putting in her best work at the end. She never looked like catching the winner, though, and kept on to beat Irish History by two and a quarter lengths.
Gosden, who was celebrating his third winner at Royal Ascot 2012, said: "We always thought she was our best filly last year.
"She had a holiday and then when she came back Ryan [Moore] won on her at Kempton.
"I ran her behind older fillies last time over seven [furlongs] and she learned a lot. We were ready for a big run and she is classy."
Buick added: "Today it was perfect for her. They went a good gallop and she was covered from the wind. This was no fluke and hopefully now it is onwards and upwards."
Chris Richardson, representing Cheveley Park Stud, the owners of Starscope, said: "She's hugely talented, but we'll just have to see now where the other good fillies go and where she goes will also be very much ground dependent. She does like this ground."
Simon Crisford, racing manager for Godolphin, owners of Irish History, said: "That was a big effort to come third in a race like this. It was a big step up on her previous efforts."