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No Yoke as French bid for cup glory.

French pride can be restored in today's feature Coronation Cup.

After Ashkalani's agonising defeat yesterday, Shake the Yoke (3.45) is a confident choice to overturn Longchamp 1,000 Guineas form with Ta Rib.

Shake the Yoke, an odds on favourite, was denied a clear run at a crucial stage and may not have run up to her true form.

My Branch (2.30) has run two cracking races in the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas and will benefit from a return to seven furlongs.

The Queen Mary Stakes was won by a very speedy filly last year in Blue Duster, and Paul Cole's More Silver (3.05) is reportedly the best of his three representatives.

Certainly, there was plenty to admire in her five length stroll at Newbury last month.

Henry Cecil has a marvellous record in the Queens Vase and mounts a strong three-pronged attack.

Twelve months ago Mick Kinane forced Stelvio up on the line to deprive Double Eclipse and Mark Johnston is out for revenge with Lallans (4.55).

The small field was all against him at York but he enjoys a 3lb weight pull with winner Athenry.

The two handicaps are typical Ascot teasers but I'll stick with Beauchamp Jazz (4.20) and Son of Sharp Shot (5.30).

John Dunlop's Beauchamp Jazz was only caught in the last stride by Medaille Militaire in last year's Brittania Handicap and likes this tough mile.

Pat Eddery was seen at his brilliant best aboard Son of Sharp Shot last year, driving his mount past favourite Zaralaska close home.

Today Pat rides Sanmartino for his retainer and brother Paul takes over.

Son of Sharp Shot must be held up for a late swoop and hopefully he can weave his way through off the home turn.

Dance So Suite's winning form lines are working out well, while I'll be having an each way saver on Benfleet at a big morning price.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Owen, Garry
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 19, 1996
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