Meade's move may serve up success in Coronation.
MARTYN Meade took the brave decision to bypass a Classic opportunity with Irish Rookie and his decision can pay dividends in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot tomorrow.
Meade had the option of running his star three-yearold in last week's Prix de Diane at Chantilly but he opted to supplement for this race rather than tackle the French Classic, which Irish Rookie may well have won.
Winner of both of her juvenile starts, she claimed the scalp of subsequent Oaks third Lady Of Dubai on the latter of those two outings, while her reappearance effort when sixth in the 1000 Guineas was also an eye-catching effort.
Perhaps the lack of a prep run was the telling factor as turned out again just seven days later, Irish Rookie went down by just three-quarters of a length to Ervedya in the French 1000 Guineas, looking a filly with plenty of improvement still to come.
Ervedya is in opposition once again but on vastly different ground conditions, Irish Rookie is taken to reverse the form.
Hootenanny is no stranger to Royal Ascot success and having landed the Windsor Castle Stakes last season, he can follow up in the inaugural running of the Commonwealth Cup.
This six-furlong heat is one of the highlights of the meeting with a Group One sprint opportunity limited to three-year-olds.
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|Publication:||Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)|
|Date:||Jun 18, 2015|
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