06/01/2010 11:00PM

Fame and Glory a short price in Coronation Cup


Fame and Glory seeks more of both at Epsom on Friday, when he could be as low as even money against four other Group 1 winners in the Group 1, $329,000 Coronation Cup, a 1 1/2-mile race for older horses that shares the bill with the classic English Oaks.

A Montjeu 4-year-old, Fame and Glory looked better than ever when winning the

1 5/16-mile, Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup by seven lengths at the Curragh on May 23 and is being wheeled right back by Aidan O'Brien, who has won three of the last five runnings of this race with Soldier of Fortune, Scorpion, and Yeats. Fame and Glory, last year's Irish Derby winner, was second over the course and distance to Sea the Stars in the Epsom Derby, so he is familiar with the track's notorious twists and turns. Johnny Murtagh will ride.

Sariska is an Epsom expert herself, having won last year's English Oaks by a head from subsequent Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Midday. She prepped with a sharp

1 3/4-length victory over the same filly in the

1 5/16-mile, Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York on May 13. She will be ridden by Jamie Spencer on Friday.

Looming large is the luckless Youmzain. Runner-up in the last three Prix de l'Arc de Triomphes, the Michael Channon-trained Youmzain also has been second in the last two Coronation Cups. He has won two Group 1 races at the distance, one of them at Cologne for his Cup rider Kieren Fallon.

Jukebox Jury, a half-length second to Champs Elysees in the Canadian International three back, prepped for Friday's race with a victory in the 1 1/2-mile, Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes, but may be a cut below the first three. Arc third and Grand Prix de Paris winner Cavalryman has looked decidedly dull in two starts for Saeed bin Suroor since being switched by Godolphin from Andre Fabre.

Aviate is William Hill's lukewarm 9-2 favorite in a wide-open $512,000 English Oaks. The Dansili filly made it 3 for 3 lifetime with a narrow score in York's 1 5/16-mile, Group 3 Musidora Stakes and will be accompanied by her Henry Cecil-trained, Khalid Abdullah-owned stablemate Timepiece, who was recently second in the listed Lingfield Oaks Trial. Rumoush is getting a lot of play at 5-1 thanks to a big win versus colts in the listed 1 1/8-mile Feilden Stakes at Newmarket in April, but she was only seventh in the one-mile 1000 Guineas last time.

The selection is the Jim Bolger-trained Akdarena. By Hernando out of a Shirley Heights mare, she is a handy type who should be well suited to Epsom's 1 1/2 miles, especially off her seven-length tally against older fillies and mares in the 1 14-mile, Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes at Naas. Kevin Manning rides.

Listed winners Gertrude Bell and Snow Fairy would have to improve to play a role. The O'Brien-trained Remember When will appreciate the distance, and Sajjhaa gets her acid test following a seven-length score going

1 1/4-miles at Sandown in her maiden debut.

Both races will be televised by HRTV. Post time for the Coronation Cup is 9:45 a.m. Eastern. The English Oaks goes at 11:05 a.m.