The Royal Ascot Treble: Tahiyra

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With Tuesday out of the spotlight, for the third leg of our Royal Ascot Treble the lights fall on Friday’s Coronation Stakes.

Twenty-four hours on from Ladies’ Day, the fillies strut their stuff over 1m with nine runners on the slate.

Having missed out in the 1000 Guineas to Mawj, is revenge on the cards at the Royal Meeting for Tahiyra?


Winning pedigree

Like many of the youngsters on show this week, it has been a whirlwind past year for Tahiyra.

Having put down an early marker with a five-length win on debut at Galway, winning the Moyglare in just her second outing – a Group 1 no less – highlighted the filly’s burgeoning class.

Taking a two-for-two record across the Irish Sea, the 1000 Guineas was always a big task, but the step-up in trip almost proved a non-issue. Almost.


Bouncing back on home soil in the Irish 1000 Guineas, defeat to Mawj would still have been raw, but there is the sense that the Coronation Stakes come at the perfect time.

Indeed, as the sister of St. James’s Palace Stakes contender Paddington, Tahiyra could make Siyouni a very happy parent.


Will Mawj prevail?

Having spent the winter in Dubai, Mawj looks a more complete package; her win at Newmarket proved so.

It’s now three on the spin in the colours of Godolphin, after a Meydan double to begin the year.

But when faced with a familiar foe once more – one who could become quite the rival in the coming months and years – will Saeed Bin Suroor be celebrating again?

Whilst on paper it looks a straight shootout, Sounds of Heaven could yet throw a spanner in the works.


A horse in-form, victory here at a likely double-figure price will be number three on the bounce.

Winning at York last time out at an SP of 14/1 booked Sounds of Heaven a spot here and if Tahiyra has strong lineage, so too does this filly.

The daughter of Kingman who won all but one of his career races – including a Greenham, a St. James’s Palace and Sussex Stakes – might now see his own offspring grab the limelight.

Make no mistake, Sounds of Heaven could challenge.

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