Qemah earns Roget back-to-back Coronation Stakes winners at Royal Ascot

Qemah earns Roget back-to-back Coronation Stakes winners at Royal Ascot

18/06/2016 at 18:28Updated 18/06/2016 at 19:28

Qemah recorded a French victory by winning the Coronation Stakes on day 4 of Royal Ascot.

A year on from his victory with Ervedya, trainer Jean-Claude Roget triumphed once again in the race as jockey Gregory Benoist earned his first Royal Ascot winner.

Qemah came from well off the pace to take the decision by a length and three-quarters from Nemoralia with Ryan Moore’s Alice Springs claiming a fast-finishing third.

Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Jet Setting, attempted to make all the running but midway down the home straight the eventual sixth was in trouble. By this point Alice Springs, who had been positioned near the rail by Moore, had already struggled to find room and even when angled deeper on the track she found the Jamie Spencer-ridden Ashadihan getting in her way.

She ran on strongly, as did Nemoralia, but Qemah, having taken a more prudent approach by racing wide, enjoyed a clear run and could not be caught.

Earlier, former jump jockey Quiet Reflection won the Commonwealth Cup as Dougie Costello delivered a near perfect run for trainer Karl Burke.

The success gave former jump jockey Costello a first Group 1 winner on the Flat and Burke a first Group 1 winner in Britain with another display of blistering speed.

The filly was sent off as race favourite and she did not disappoint as she ran down Kachy, with Washington DC taking third.

Frankie Dettori claimed his fourth winner of the week, helping Across The Stars to defeat Beacon Rock in a close finish in the King Edward VII Stakes.

To make the victory extra sweet Dettori denied his great rival Ryan Moore, who had set out to make all the running aboard the Aidan O’Brien-trained Beacon Rock but lost out by a length and a quarter.

Going into the race O’Brien had moved his Royal Ascot career haul to 52 wins but that still leaves him with considerable ground to make up on training legend Sir Michael Stoute, who was saddling his 74th royal meeting winner, just one less than the total achieved by the late Sir Henry Cecil.

There was, however, a 577-1 double for champion trainer O’Brien with two of his outsiders winning. Brave Anna won the Albany Stakes under Seamie Heffernan, while Sword Fighter gave Colm O’Donoghue his first Royal Ascot win in the concluding Queen’s Vase.