Ascot: Langtry wearing a Royal crown
Aidan O’Brien and Johnny Murtagh finally got off the mark for Royal Ascot 2010 as Lillie Langtry ran out an impressive winner of the Coronation Stakes yesterday.
Sent off the 7-2 favourite after finishing fifth in the Irish 1000 Guineas on her first start of the season, the three-year-old was settled on the heels of the leaders until the turn for home.
Gile Na Greine put up a bold effort from the front, but Lillie Langtry wore her down inside the final two furlongs before kicking on to score by a length and quarter.
Jacqueline Quest, demoted to second after passing the post in front in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, kept on for third.
O'Brien said: “We are delighted, we always thought she was a very good filly.
“She was a very good last year, she had a little injury at the back end and it's all credit to everyone for getting her back.
“She was off all through the winter. We started her off in the Irish Guineas and she ran a lovely race there — we were delighted with her and were looking forward to coming here
“She has the option to step up to a mile and a quarter in either the Pretty Polly (at the Curragh) or the fillies' race (Nassau) at Goodwood.
“We'll have to decide whether she stays at a mile or steps up to a mile and a quarter.”
Murtagh added: “I was on the inside and saved ground on the bend in the straight. You need to be travelling round here.
“She's a champion and I thought she was by far our best filly last year. Going to America I was telling Aidan how far we were going to win the Breeders' Cup by.
“That didn't happen, but thankfully she came back well in the Irish Guineas and she stepped up at home.
“Her homework was very good coming here and I thought she might do something like this.”
Gile Na Greine's trainer Jim Bolger said: “I'm pleased. We drew a line through her run at the Cur
ragh — she's a good filly.
Murtagh and O’Brien made it a double when they struck with the well-backed 2-1 favourite Mikhail Glinka in the Queen’s Vase.
It was the closest finish of the week, Glinka battling on to beat Theology by a nose after they flashed across the line together.