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Coronation Stakes Result: Winter completes wonderful hat-trick
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Winter was already a dual classic winner, having won the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish version at the Curragh on her last two starts, and was duly sent off the 9/4-on favourite to complete a hat-trick at the top level for Aidan O'Brien.
Precieuse, who won the French 1000 Guineas on her last start at Deauville, was sent to the front when the stalls opened, with Ryan Moore happy to bide his time aboard the long odds-on favourite, and the order remained largely unchanged as the field turned into the straight.
There were several still in with a chance two-out, including the smooth travelling Dabyah, but Winter quickly put the race to bed once asked for her effort and was arguably value for far more than the official winning margin of two and a quarter lengths over stablemate Roly Poly (12/1).
Hydrangea was a neck further back in third, completing another remarkable 1-2-3 for Ballydoyle.
O'Brien was registering his 59th victory at the Royal Meeting and fourth success of the week. He paid tribute to the filly's quality, commenting: "Winter is getting relaxed. She was a little bit lazy early on in the race, but she galloped on strongly at the end.
"She is doing well and is a big powerful horse now and we are delighted with her. She is a filly that is thriving from race to race. She travelled well - Ryan had her in a lovely position - and she comes home very well, which is a massive thing. She gets the trip really well and is thriving.
"She is very classy. She is a great traveller and, when you ask her, she picks up and gallops out strong. Physically, she is thriving. David always thought the world of her last year but she is thriving from race to race. All these G1 races are hard to win and I don't ever think about it, so we just go from one race to another.
"She is obviously a very good filly to make it happen. She was very good at Newmarket and the Curragh and did it well again here today. We might head to the Falmouth in three weeks' time, but we will see how she is as she has had four quick races in not a lot of time."
Moore said of the daughter of Galileo: "Those three races back-to-back, she's come a long way in a very short space of time. It wasn't a big field but there was plenty of quality and she did what she had to do. Hopefully, she'll keep on doing what she's doing.
"She's got a lot of class. She is only doing what she has to do, really. She travelled beautifully through the race and is getting very professional - just doing what she has to do. It is hard thing to do, win two Guineas and then come here. Attraction was the last to do it and it is very hard.
"She is a very good filly and has beaten some good horses from France and America. It's a strong piece of form and she is a high-class filly."
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