By Duane Fonseca
Second by a nose under Frankie Dettori in last year’s running of the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, Coronet and her Italian rider more than made up for last year’s close second by winning the 2019 renewal in France on Sunday.
The 5yo Dubawi mare, trained by John Gosden, won the 2400m contest poking her neck ahead at the post following an incredibly well paced ride by Dettori, who kept her close to the lead set by the pace setting Ziyad, adjudged second, a short head ahead of Lah Ti Dar, who was also trained by Gosden.
Ridden by Maxime Guyon, Ziyad led from the start and looked good to go all the way before Dettori let Coronet fly home along the rail to clinch victory with the last strides.
An overjoyed Gosden said: “We had planned for this race all year after she just missed out last year.
“Last year she was in front by the screen but beaten on the line, this year she was behind passing us but in front where it mattered. She’s a very honest filly.
“She deserves this first Group 1 success and they’re two nice fillies. Lah Ti Dar found the ground a little quick for her.”
It was her fifth career success in 16 starts and Dettori added: “Last year she just got beat on the line and she deserved a Group 1.
“She’s had to chase Enable all her life and finally got to run against horses less competitive than her.”