06/17/2010 11:00PM

O'Brien, Coolmore capture a pair


Lillie Langtry gave Aidan O'Brien and Coolmore their first Royal Ascot victory of 2010 on Friday as she came late to win the Group 1, $370,000 Coronation Stakes. An hour later, the Coolmore team had a second success with Mikhail Glinka in the two-mile, Group 3 Queen's Vase. Earlier, the Ken McPeek-trained Tiz My Time ran her heart out in finishing third in the Group 3 Albany Stakes after having led most of the way.

Tucked in along the rail in sixth place by Johnny Murtagh in the one-mile Coronation, Lillie Langtry made her late run a winning one as she rallied to lead 150 yards from the line to defeat the game Jim Bolger-trained pacesetter Gile Na Greine by 1 1/4 lengths. Jacqueline Quest, who was disqualified from first in the 1000 Guineas, was third, 2 1/4 lengths farther back, with Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Music Show fourth, Italian 1000 Guineas winner Evading Tempete fifth, and Irish 1000 runner-up Anna Salai seventh. The time for the one-turn mile on good-to-firm ground was 1:39.69.

Sent off as the 7-2 favorite despite not having won since taking the restricted Tattersalls Fillies 800 at Newmarket on Oct. 3, Lillie Langtry is a Danehill Dancer filly who had disappointed when only eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She showed renewed life when a fast-closing three-quarters of a length fifth in the Irish 1000 Guineas off a 6 1/2-month layoff and finally fulfilled the high hopes that O'Brien and company have always had for her in the Coronation. Named for the actress who was a denizen of many Royal Ascots in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, she will now be stepped up to 1 1/4 miles by O'Brien for either the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on June 26 or, more likely, in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on July 31.

In the most exciting race of the Royal Meeting thus far, Mikhail Glinka confirmed 2-1 favoritism with a nose decision over Theology in the two-mile, $103,000 Queen's Vase for 3-year-olds. With Murtagh getting every last drop of petrol out of the Galileo colt, Mikhail Glinka traveled the distance in 3:27.98.

In the opener, Kieren Fallon sent the 16-1 Sharp Humor maiden Tiz My Time right to the front in the six-furlong Albany, and she almost forgot to stop. Margot Did caught her at the eighth pole, and the 15-2 Memory caught that one near the line to score by a head as Tiz My Time battled to get back up for third from recent Group 3 winner Radharcnafarraige. Tiz My Time was beaten by 2 1/2 lengths for all the money in a much-improved performance over her runner-up finishes in maidens at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. Trained by Richard Hannon, Memory was timed in 1:13.70 for the straight six furlongs.

The Group 2, $222,000 King Edward VII Stakes was won by the Mark Johnston-trained Monterosso. An ex-handicapper ridden by Frankie Dettori, the Dubawi 3-year-old drew clear for a 2 1/4-length victory over Arctic Cosmos, with Buzzword getting up for third from the disappointing Epsom Derby runner-up At First Sight. The 7-2 second choice, Monterosso covered the 1 1/2 miles in 2:30.06 and is now under consideration for a quick turnaround in the Irish Derby on June 27.