Kristale among Coronation 18
George Margarson has given Lucky Kristale the green light to line up in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot next week after his stable star worked "exceptionally well" in a crucial gallop on Saturday morning.
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Last year's Duchess of Cambridge and Lowther Stakes winner disappointed on her seasonal reappearance in the 1000 Guineas, running away with Tom Queally in the early stages before predictably weakening.
Margarson is adamant his filly is better than she showed on the Rowley Mile and expects a much improved display next Friday.
Margarson said: "Jimmy Quinn rode her and she worked exceptionally well. She worked with two 95-plus rated older horses and it was certainly the best bit of work she's done this year. It was probably as well as she's ever worked.
"Jimmy was very positive about her, so much so he asked if he could ride her next week, but as we all know she's Tom Queally's ride and he'll be on board next week, all being well.
"Tom never rode her work last year. He only rode her on the racecourse and she's a different horse when she goes racing to what she is at home.
"We couldn't be more pleased and it's all systems go for the Coronation now. She's also entered in the Jersey Stakes, but the Coronation is the plan."
Lucky Kristale is among 18 acceptors for Friday's race, which include 1000 Guineas winner Miss France - who seems more likely to run in the Prix de Diane on Sunday instead - and runner-up Lightning Thunder.
My Titania is set to make her belated seasonal reappearance for John Oxx, having missed the Guineas at Newmarket after suffering a setback and the Irish equivalent on account of the testing conditions.
The Charlie Hills-trained Kiyoshi is another filly who has not been seen in competitive action since her juvenile days, while Clive Brittain's Rizeena will aim to bounce back from her slightly disappointing effort on the Rowley Mile early last month. Bracelet and Tapestry are Aidan O'Brien's two remaining contenders.
There is further international interest beyond Miss France with American trainer Kenny McPeek sending Rosalind on a trans-Atlantic mission. Jean-Claude Rouget's Lesstalk in Paris, Alain de Royer-Dupre's Veda. Amazing Maria, Euro Charline and J Wonder also remain in the mix.