06/22/2012 3:29PM

Royal Ascot: Fallen for You best in Coronation Stakes


Nearly a year of frustrating results ended emphatically on Friday when Fallen for You won her first stakes in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Royal Ascot.

Fallen for You finished 3 1/4 lengths in front of Starscope, giving trainer John Gosden a sweep of the first two positions in the one-mile race.

By Dansili, and owned by breeder Normandie Stud, Fallen for You won for the third time in her six-race career, fulfilling expectations that Gosden had in 2011. He blamed himself for her fifth-place finish as the

3-1 second choice in the Group 1 Fillies Mile last fall, saying he gave the wrong instructions.

Gosden said that Fallen for You worked well last weekend, leading to optimism regarding the Coronation Stakes.

Ridden by William Buick, Fallen for You was at the back of the 10-horse field until early stretch. Buick moved her to the outside and quickly got a response, zooming past a talented field to take the lead in the final furlong.

“She is classy,” Gosden told the press after the race. “This is not a fluke.”

Starscope, second in the English 100 Guineas in May, finished 2 1/4 lengths in front of Irish History. Homecoming Queen, the winner of the English 1000 Guineas, was the 9-4 favorite in the Coronation, but faded through the stretch to finish eighth.

Danedream heads Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud

Sunday, Danedream, the winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last October, makes her second start of 2012 in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in Paris.

A 4-year-old filly trained in Germany by Peter Schiergen, Danedream makes her first start in France on Sunday since the Arc. Last fall, she was sixth in the Japan Cup in Tokyo, but rebounded to win a Group 2 race in Germany on May 20 in her 2012 debut.

The Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud is run over about 1 1/2 miles on has drawn only five starters, including the French star Cirrus des Aigles.

A 6-year-old gelding, Cirrus des Aigles won the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot last fall and the $5 million Sheema Classic in Dubai in March.

Cirrus des Aigles was considered for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot earlier this week before trainer Corine Barnade-Barbe opted for the Saint-Cloud race.

The Grand Prix de Saint Cloud will be the first start for Cirrus des Aigles since a second in the Group 1 Prix D’Ispahan at Longchamp on May 27.