Immortal Verse (IRE) used a powerful last-to-first move to roll past her rivals to win the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot this morning. Sitting at the rear of the field for the majority of the first six furlongs, Immortal Verse was shifted to the outside with a little over two furlongs to go. From there, jockey Gerald Mosse used a hand-ride to move the filly from last to first and didn't show her the stick until he needed to keep her mind on business after making the lead inside to final furlong.
Immortal Verse is a three-year-old daughter of Pivotal (GB), out of a Sadler's Wells (IRE) mare (Side of Paradise (IRE)). Prior to her victory at Royal Ascot, the Robert Collet trained filly won the Group 2 Prix de Sandringham at Chantilly. She broke her maiden last August at Deauville.
More Than Real, the winner of last fall's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Turf, sat mid-pack in the early, never appeared fully settled in during the open furlongs, and tired badly in the final furlongs to finish 11th of 12. The Todd Pletcher trainee was making her first start since winning at the Breeders' Cup; a tough task first time out off the bench.
The ground at Royal Ascot on Friday was rated as "Good to Soft" for the first five race, and downgraded to "Soft" for the final race.
In other action on the day, Wesley Ward scratched Judy The Beauty from the Albany Stakes prior the race.
G2-King Edward VII Stakes
3-Alexander Pope (IRE)
1-Immortal Verse (IRE)
2-Nova Hawk (GB)
3-Barefoot Lady (IRE)
2-Lost In The Moment (IRE)
2-Solar Sky (GB)
3-Eternal Heart (IRE)
Buckingham Palace Stakes
2-Excellent Guest (GB)
3-Striking Spirit (GB)
4-Decent Fella (IRE)
Coronation Stakes replay below.