06/17/2008 11:00PM

Spacious fresh for Coronation


A Coronation Stakes without a single European 1000 Guineas winner is a rare thing, but that is the look for this year's renewal at Royal Ascot on Friday, although the $490,000 Group 1 mile will include six fillies who finished in the first four in one Guineas or another.

On bare form, Spacious is the pick of them. The daughter of Nayef has been freshened by trainer James Fanshawe since her half-length second to Natagora in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4 and appears to have plenty of room for improvement. Jamie Spencer, who engineered Art Connoisseur's remarkable last-to-first victory in the Coventry Stakes on Tuesday, takes the ride.

English Guineas fourth-place finisher Infallible, previously the winner of the seven-furlong Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes for John Gosden, was just three-quarters of a length behind Spacious at Newmarket, so they could be difficult to separate Friday.

Tuscan Evening finished second in the Irish 1000 but was disqualified and placed fourth, moving two-time Group 3 winner Carribean Sunset up to third. By the superb sprinter Oasis Dream, Tuscan Evening may have difficulty staying this testing uphill mile, but the Dermot Weld-trained Carribean Sunset has prospects for a minor placing.

Love of Dubai's third in the German 1000 does not translate into winning Coronation Stakes form, but Modern Look's fourth to the redoutable Zarkava in the French 1000 is better than it looks on paper. Previously second to Natagora in the listed Prix Imprudence, Modern Look, a David Smaga-trained daughter of Zamindar, has since taken the Group 2 Prix de Sandringham by three lengths. With any further improvement, she will give Spacious and Infallible all they can handle.

* At $392,000, the 1 1/2-mile King Edward VII Stakes is the richest Group 2 race in Europe. Restricted to 3-year-old colts and geldings, it could fall to All the Aces. A close second in the Chester Vase to subsequent Epsom Derby fourth-place finisher Doctor Fremantle, All the Aces, a Michael Jarvis-trained Spartacus colt, is preferred to emerging handicapper Bronze Cannon and Gallinule Stakes winner Hebridean.

* Cuis Ghaire should have things her own way in the six-furlong Group 3 Albany Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Trained by Jim Bolger, the Galileo-Danehill filly is coming off a 3 1/2-length tally in the six-furlong Group 3 Swordlestown Stud Stakes and would be a big disappointment if she fails to confirm favoritism.