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Epsom Downs

  • 14:40 Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup 1m 4f 10y

  • (Sponsored By Investec) (Group 1) £300,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £170,130 2nd £64,500 3rd £32,280 4th £16,080
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 34.52s
  • Off time: 14:40:46

Beaten Up for the Cup

View from connections: Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup

Last Updated: 01/06/12 12:37pm

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Beaten Up: Out to depose St Nicholas Abbey at Epsom on Saturday

Beaten Up: Out to depose St Nicholas Abbey at Epsom on Saturday

William Haggas has high expectations of Beaten Up who is given the chance to live up to the billing in Saturday's Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup at Epsom where he takes on St Nicholas Abbey.

Should St Nicholas Abbey become the first back-to-back winner of the Group One since Warrsan in 2004, he will become trainer Aidan O'Brien's sixth winner of the race and put him level with the great Andre Fabre.

However Haggas, who rarely gets carried away with his horses, has great faith in Beaten Up, a winner of his first three starts last season.

Stepped up markedly in class for his fourth one, in the Dubai Sheema Classic, he finished sixth to Cirrus Des Aigles and a fair way behind runner-up St Nicholas Abbey.

Ringworm

"He won his maiden comfortably last April and then he got ringworm as bad as I've ever seen, it was all over his body, so he had three months in a field," Haggas said.

"He came back at Doncaster and was deeply impressive, admittedly from a fairly ordinary field.

"He ran at Newbury in the St Simon Stakes and whichever way you look at it, it was a pretty high-class effort. I'm not saying (runner-up) Al Kazeem was at his best, he probably wasn't, but what he's done since has been pretty impressive and I feel that he's got a chance of being a top-class horse.

"It was a big step up to run him in Dubai and obviously with the benefit of hindsight we regret doing it, but he's still a very talented horse.

"I think well-balanced horses handle Epsom and I don't see it being a problem for him."

Controversial

St Nicholas Abbey, who also lifted last year's Breeders' Cup Turf, comes back from a rather controversial defeat to stablemate Windsor Palace in the Mooresbridge Stakes last time.

Ed Dunlop feels it is worth Red Cadeaux having a shot at the big prize.

The globe-trotter, who was second in the Melbourne Cup and third in the Hong Kong Vase, claimed a deserved domestic prize in the Yorkshire Cup.

"He's very well, but of course this is a different type of race," Dunlop said.

"He dropped back to a mile and a half to finish third in a Grade One in Hong Kong so he has proved he's versatile.

"He's taking on an odds-on shot in St Nicholas Abbey, who on form should win, and we thought it was better for him to go down in trip than up for the Ascot Gold Cup, so we didn't enter him for that.

"The idea is to have one or two more runs and then have a holiday ahead of going back to Australia, and his owner Mr Arculli is very sporting and happy to do that."

Track Record

John Gosden gave Masked Marvel, eighth in last year's Derby but subsequently the winner of the St Leger, a practice spin around Epsom last week.

Bjorn Nielsen's colt was well-beaten by Al Kazeem on his comeback in Newmarket's Jockey Club Stakes.

"Masked Marvel is a lovely horse and he broke the track record when racing into a headwind at Doncaster which takes some doing," Gosden told British Champions Series TV.

"He worked well (last week) and handled the hill better than he did last year.

"He's in top order. I was just desperate to get him on the track (for his reappearance). He's a big horse, he was getting very full of himself and it was at home.

"The owner was great in letting me run, quite frankly, in the knowledge we were giving him an outing and he bowled along but as soon as that ground moves under him, he's really stretching and he's got such a long stride, he's not the same horse.

"It is about ground with him. If it's loose or soft, it's not his game. He likes good, good to firm,"

Luca Cumani runs Quest For Peace, who was a good second in the Jockey Club Stakes, with O'Brien's Robin Hood completing the field.

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