06/16/2004 12:00AM

Attraction has beaten these


Attraction will draw the support of a majority of the 50,000 fans gathered at Royal Ascot on Friday when she attempts to extend her unbeaten streak to eight in the $410,000, Group 1 Coronation Stakes.

A daughter of Efisio, Attraction became the only horse in the world besides Smarty Jones to win two classics this year when she followed her May 2 victory in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket with a score in the Irish 1000 Guineas at The Curragh three weeks later.

Attraction thus became the first horse to land both the English and Irish Guineas for fillies. In the Coronation Stakes, she will be facing three rivals - Red Bloom, Cairns, and Kelucia - whom she beat at Newmarket in addition to four - Illustrious Miss, Kinnaird, Secret Charm, and Majestic Desert - who were well behind her at The Curragh. It is difficult to see her losing at her favorite distance of one mile.

Unless Red Bloom, winner of the Group 1 Fillies Mile over the Coronation course and distance last September, shows marked improvement, Attraction should remain undefeated.

Kevin Darley will take his usual seat aboard Attraction, who is owned by the Duke of Roxburghe and is trained by Mark Johnston. Johnston nursed the filly back to health after she was sidelined last July with a cracked pedal bone that had kept her out of action for 10 months before her 1000 Guineas triumph.

In 1 1/2-mile, Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes, also at Royal Ascot on Friday, the gelded ex-claimer African Dream puts his five-race winning streak on the line for trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam. In Rule of Law, however, he will be meeting a much tougher horse than he faced when he won Group 3 races in his last two starts.

Trained by Saeed bin Suroor for Godolphin, Rule of Law was runner-up to the very talented North Light in both the Dante Stakes and the Epsom Derby. Frankie Dettori could have himself an armchair ride under the Ascot sunshine aboard Rule of Law, a son of Kingmambo.