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Ghanaati - Royal Ascot 19.06.09

Height Of Fashion's granddaughter, Ghanaati, powers clear in the Coronation Stakes

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham


Clash of the Guineas winners falls to Ghanaati

Report: Royal Ascot, Friday

Coronation Stakes (Fillies' Group 1) 1m

STANJAMES.COM 1,000 Guineas winner Ghanaati broke the track record when annihilating a brace of Guineas winners and giving jockey Richard Hills and owner Hamdan Al Maktoum a 50-1 double.

Unfancied by punters at Newmarket when sent off at 20-1, Ghanaati powered clear two furlongs from home to become yet another high-profile winner from the Height Of Fashion clan. Remarkably, she is the first horse hailing from the family, which includes Nashwan and Nayef, to be trained by Barry Hills.

Despite the blitering pace set by Chintz, Hills struggled to settle Ghanaati, who tracked the French Guineas winner Elusive Wave followed, while the Irish Guineas victor Again appeared outpaced.

Rounding the final bend Christophe Lemaire and Richard Hughes made their moves, driving Elusive Wave and Heart Shaped up to join Chintz but Ghanaati was looming and flew by both approaching the final furlong.]

Michael Hills, twin brother of the winning rider, gave father Barry his first Coronation Stakes victory on Maids Causeway when it was transferred to York in 2005, but unfortunately the trainer was unable to attend this time due toillness.

"She's so professional," said Charlie Hills, son and assistant to the winning trainer.  "She is a beautiful stamp of a filly and is just getting better and better. She's class.

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Richard Hills: won on his "love"


"I doubt very much that my father has ever had a filly as good as her, even after 40 years."

The winning rider, celebrating his 23rd Royal Ascot winner, was similarly emotional. "There are only two women in my life, my wife and this filly," he said.  "In Arabic Ghanaati means my love and she's certainly that today.

"I'm very pleased for my father as there was plenty of emotion going in but she performed beautifully.

"She's the best filly I've ridden without a doubt. My dadnever lets me take the handbrake off her at home and for a very good reason."

Heart Shaped and Elusive Wave gave chase for a while but faded in the final strides allowing the staying on Reggane into second and Rainbow View into third.

Reggane's trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre said: "She was a little bit outpaced early on, which was down to her inexperience.

"I think we will stick to a mile and the race I like is the Prix Rothschild at Deauville (August 2)."

John Gosden was delighted with the performance of Rainbow View, and feels she will have no problem stepping back up in trip.

"I'm thrilled with her run, although I think she found the going a little bit fast," said the trainer. "She's absolutely flown up the stretch and should get a mile and a quarter - and even a mile and a half with no problem later on.

"Importantly, she's shown that she's trained on and I look forward to taking on those that have beaten her today under different conditions in the autumn."




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