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Last Updated: Friday, 2 June 2006, 14:40 GMT 15:40 UK
Shirocco clinches Coronation Cup
Shirocco won the Coronation Cup at Epsom
Shirocco won the Coronation Cup at Epsom
Shirocco held off Ouija Board to win the Group One Coronation Cup at Epsom on Friday.

The 8-11 favourite, ridden by Christophe Soumillon and trained by Andre Fabre, kicked two furlongs out and was too strong for Ouija Board.

Frankie Dettori's mare (11-4) tracked Fabre's colt but was edged out by almost two lengths.

Enforcer (66-1) got up for third ahead of the fading Ace, an 11-2 shot ridden by Kieren Fallon.

Shirocco, the Breeders' Cup Turf winner, took up the early running from the Derby start as Ed Dunlop's Ouija Board and the free-running Ace fell in behind.

Approaching the bend Ace, the Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up, took over the pace on the left rail and led the field down the hill into the straight.

He has fantastic ability and is a wonderful athlete, with all the qualities you expect from a thoroughbred

Shirocco's trainer Andre Fabre

Dettori and Ouija Board posed a brief threat but the five-year-old Shirocco had the class and stamina to see off the competition.

Soumillon, who will be on ante-post favourite Visindar in Saturday's Derby, told BBC Sport: "Today is a great day for me, for the horse, for the team and it's good for tomorrow to ride a big-race winner today.

"There is a another one coming tomorrow. It's a big weekend and it's good to start like this."

Fabre said: "He has fantastic ability and is a wonderful athlete, with all the qualities you expect from a thoroughbred.

"I am very pleased, especially to win this race for the owner."

Dunlop admitted the French horse looked very good in the paddock and was pride of the way his globe-trotting mare competed.

"She has been beaten by probably one of the best horses in the world and I am thrilled with her," said Dunlop.

"I would like to take her to Royal Ascot and I will have to try and convince the owner."

Coronation Cup
Group One, 1m 4f
1 Shirocco (C Soumillon) 8-11f
2 Ouija Board (L Dettori) 11-4
3 Enforcer (Martin Dwyer) 66-1
Six ran. Dist: 1,

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