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Wince to miss fillies' battle; Fallon steps in to replace 'disappointed' Drowne on Golden Silca.

WINCE, vying for favouritism in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, is to miss Wednesday's Group 1 showdown. Her rider, Kieren Fallon, is now set to replace Stephen Drowne on Golden Silca.

And, in another dramatic move involving the champion jockey - who rode a 168-1 six-timer on Saturday - Fallon will switch to Chester House from Shiva in tomorrow's Prince Of Wales's Stakes.

The exciting prospect of the winners of the English, French, and Irish 1,000 Guineas - Wince, Valentine Waltz, and Hula Angel - all taking each other on has been ruled out after trainer Henry Cecil yesterday revealed that his Newmarket heroine would miss the race.

Wince proved a more-than-able substitute in the Sagitta 1,000 Guineas for the same owner's Bionic, who fractured her pelvis in April. But she pulled a muscle when she went down fighting in the Irish equivalent last time out.

"Wince doesn't run," said Cecil yesterday. "She worked yesterday, but she's a bit off-colour and we've decided against Ascot, as we don't want to push her," he added.

"She just tweaked a muscle at The Curragh. She was quite unlucky to have her challenge stopped when it mattered. She's been working well in a pair of blinkers and we'll now aim for the Falmouth Stakes instead."

That race, at Newmarket's July meeting, is also the target for the return of last year's 1,000 Guineas winner, Cape Verdi.

The recruitment of Fallon to ride Golden Silca - a best-priced 9-1 on Saturday morning - is a major blow to 27-year-old Drowne, who rode the Mick Channon-trained filly in the Newmarket classic and when runner up to Hula Angel in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, when Richard Quinn was unavailable.

"Obviously I'm disappointed, but it's something I'll have to accept," the jockey said yesterday. "I still have a number of other rides at Royal Ascot to look forward to."

With uncertainty also over the running plans of French Guineas winner Valentine Waltz, bookmakers yesterday suspended betting on the Coronation Stakes and are unlikely to start betting on the race again until Wednesday.

Wince and Valentine Waltz had dominated the opening shows on Friday, with Hills and Coral bracketing the pair as 7-2 favourites.

A spokesman for Hills, said: "We are definitely not betting on the race at present and I doubt that we will until we see the final field. Nobody seems sure what's running at this stage."

Fallon, meanwhile, has also switched from the Group 1-winning filly Shiva to Chester House (owned, like Wince, by Khalid Abdullah) in the Prince of Wales's Stakes on tomorrow's opening card.

"Kieren is going to be on Chester House. He's the trickier ride and Kieren knows him well. Willie Ryan will ride Shiva," Cecil said.

Fallon partnered Chester House to a four-length victory in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown last time out, while he was also on board Shiva when she defeated subsequent Coronation Cup winner Daylami in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh.

Fresh from a win on Capri in France yesterday, Fallon is down to evens favourite with Ladbrokes and William Hill to be top jockey at the Royal meeting for the first time.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Griffiths, Richard; Goff, Tom
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 14, 1999
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