The Coronation Stakes could prove to be one of the best races coming from Royal Ascot this week as it features two horses that look to be of real quality – Just The Judge and Sky Lantern.
Looking at the favourite to begin with, she has four wins from five races and although she was beaten by Sky Lantern last time out, the three-year-old looks in excellent shape.
After that second place finish, Charles Hills’ charge went on to win at Curragh, so certainly returned to form and could be tough for the rest of the field to beat in this one.
She is an Irish horse as well and we know just how well they are doing at Ascot this week, so Just The Judge might prove to be the most popular bet in the Coronation Stakes. If at her best, it might be tough to see another other than a win for the brown filly.
You simply cannot write off Sky Lantern though as she managed to beat Just The Judge earlier in the campaign and comes from Richard Hannon’s yard, which is one of the best in flat racing of course.
This horse has never been out of the top two in seven runs on British and Irish soil and has managed four wins, so is sure to be involved come the closing stages.
There are of course some other strong horses involved in this one and Big Break is being offered at 13/2, with Pavlosk at 8/1. The rest of the field is out at 12/1 and over.
In truth, it is tough to see anything other than a battle between Just The Judge and Sky Lantern here and the latter might just cause a slight upset.