Smart mare Coronet is likely to sidestep Royal Ascot in favour of a run in the Group One Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh later this month.
Coronet ran a blinder when beaten a nose by Waldgeist in last year’s Grand Prix de Saint-Clou and landed the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2017.
“Coronet, I’ve got a feeling, won’t go to Ascot,” said Denford’s Richard Evans.
“It’s not 100 per cent yet, but I think she’s more likely to miss Ascot and go over to Ireland for the Pretty Polly.”
By contrast, the same owner’s Private Secretary, a recent Listed winner at Goodwood, looks set for a step up in class in the King Edward VII Stakes.
“Private Secretary goes in the King Edward,” said Evans.
“He won at Goodwood very nicely, coming from the back again. It was a well-timed run by Frankie (Dettori), and you’d have to think he has a good chance – although it looks a very tough race, with all the Derby horses in there.
“The other runner we might have is Partridge in the Queen Mary.
“You’ve got to be in it to win it. She could come third; she might finish down the field – but she’s a classy filly.
“She didn’t quite get her nose in front last time at Haydock – but the colt who beat her (Dubai Station) is heading to Ascot, I believe, and won’t be without a chance.”