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Henry De Bromhead sets sights on Coronation Stakes
Henry De Bromhead sets sights on Coronation Stakes

A first for De Bromhead 

It is a rare thing for Henry de Bromhead to run horses on the Flat in Britain but he appears to have a taste for it after Lismore landed a Group 3 at Sandown last month. 

Flirting Bridge finished second to Joan Of Arc in the Irish 1,000 Guineas Trial last month and she has now been supplemented for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot next Friday, the first representative for De Bromhead in a Group 1 on the Flat in Britain. 

Aidan O'Brien has also strengthened his hand in the race as he has added Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Empress Josephine, while German 1,000 Guineas winner Novemba, trained by Peter Schiergen, is also a late addition. 

Bellosa, Saffron Beach, Santa Barbara and Indigo Girl were among those to be left out, with 15 remaining at the confirmation stage on Saturday. 

Atalis Bay scored an impressive win at Sandown.
Atalis Bay scored an impressive win at Sandown.

Botti assessing Atalis options 

Marco Botti was delighted with his decision to sidestep Royal Ascot with Atalis Bay as the three-year-old held off the challenge of Warrior Brave to justify favouritism to win the Scurry Stakes at Sandown. 

Botti admitted that pitching him into the Royal meeting next week would have been too tall an order, and he is now looking at the Coral Charge at Sandown next month, or the King George Stakes at Goodwood as the next option. 

Speaking of plans going forward, Botti said: "There are two options. 

"There is a Group Three here at the beginning of July. He obviously has to take on the older horses now, or perhaps we go to Goodwood (King George Stakes) and take that route. 

"He will have to improve again, taking on the older horses, but he seems to be going that way. 

"There would be enough time to take in both races, but he is a horse that likes being freshened up after a run." 

Roberto Escobarr is firmly in contention for the Ebor at York.
Roberto Escobarr is firmly in contention for the Ebor at York.

Ebor more than Ascot for Escobarr 

The Ebor is now an obvious option for Roberto Escobarr after the four-year-old came up trumps in the Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes at York On Saturday. 

William Haggas' charge also holds an entry in the Copper Horse Stakes at Royal Ascot next week but that now looks unlikely to be taken up, with another run at York a possible. 

Maureen Haggas, the trainer's wife, said: "He just does enough, this horse. The Ebor could be a possible, but I doubt he'd run back quick at Ascot. 

"He's going the right way. He didn't like the ground last time at Ascot - he likes quick ground and he stays well, (and) hopefully he's one of those who will keep on improving." 

Dettori ready to thrill fans again 

Frankie Dettori hoping to please fans
Frankie Dettori hoping to please fans

Frankie Dettori is no stranger to success at Royal Ascot but he has revealed the return of fans is a huge motivating factor in his desire for more next week. 

Dettori has already won 73 times at Royal Ascot and he will go into next week's extravaganza on the back of his Oaks success in partnership with Snowfall - and he is desperate to perform on the big stage next week. 

"The crowd gets behind me and I love it," Dettori told Sky Sports Racing. 

"I need the crowd, I need the atmosphere. I can smell it, I can breathe it, I can taste it. It's part of me. I'm addicted to it. 

"To me it's everything, I live for it. It's like Ian Poulter playing the Ryder Cup, I thrive on Royal Ascot. It's what I love."

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