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Ghanaati - Royal Ascot 19.06.09

The impeccably bred Ghanaati wins the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot

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Guineas heroine Ghanaati retired

CLASSIC winner Ghanaati has been retired to the paddocks to the ultimate accolade from her jockey Richard Hills, who called her the best miler he had ridden.

When the Barry Hills-trained filly won the 1,000 Guineas in May she was racing on turf for the first time, having competed in two maidens at Kempton as a juvenile.

Although Sheikh Hamdan's daughter of Giant's Causeway impressed when beating Cuis Ghaire at Newmarket, possibly her finest moment came in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, where she encountered Europe's other 1,000 Guineas winners and unleashed a stunning burst of speed two furlongs from home to smash the mile course record.

Hills rode her on all but her first start, and he told on Monday: "Ghanaati was an exceptional filly. I've been very fortunate in that I've been associated with some very high-class milers, but she's the best I've ridden over that trip. She was awesome at Ascot."

Ghanaati, whose dam is a half-sister to the top-class trio of Nashwan, Nayef and Unfuwain, is at Sheikh Hamdan's Beech House Stud in Newmarket.




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