Strong look to Coronation Cup

by Michelle Fortune , 04 April 2012

Khalid Abdullah could be double-handed in the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup at Epsom on Derby Day with both Sea Moon and World Domination entered in the Group One showpiece.

A total of 30 horses have been entered in the contest, including last year's first and second, St Nicholas Abbey and Midday, and the June 2 feature is also the target of the Abudullah pair.

"The Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup is on the radar for both Sea Moon and World Domination," Lord Grimthorpe, Abdullah's racing manager confirmed.

"Obviously, in the case of Sea Moon he is a proven Group One level horse so, although he hasn't run yet this year, you would like to think a race like that would be very much on his radar.

"Sir Michael (Stoute) has been very happy with how Sea Moon has done over the winter. We have always rated him very highly so his progress towards the end of last season didn't surprise us.

"He was a nice two-year-old and obviously took a while to come to himself last year, but he was very impressive in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York. He probably didn't get the best of runs through in the Ladbrokes St Leger, but he then ran very well in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

"I would imagine Sir Michael will want to give him a prep run beforehand, but I am yet to sit down and talk to him about that. Sea Moon was impressive over a mile and a half - whether he will come back in trip or go a bit further remains to be seen, but I think a mile and a half seems to be the right trip for him.

"World Domination hasn't run since Royal Ascot last year. He was always highly-rated, but obviously he has got to jump up to prove he's that level before he goes to Epsom."

Other possibles include recent Dubai winners Cirrus Des Aigles and Monterosso, while Aidan O'Brien could saddle So You Think, Fame And Glory, Await The Dawn, Memphis Tennessee, Justification, Robin Hood and Windsor Palace.

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