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Article 29th September 2023 Newmarket

By Graham Clark

Coppice signed off what is likely to be her final start in Britain on a winning note after bouncing back to winning ways in the Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai British EBF Rosemary Stakes to give Frankie Dettori his 499th winner at Newmarket.     

Having been out of luck in two starts at Group race level since landing the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot, the John and Thady Gosden-trained daughter of Kingman showed what she is capable of when getting the better of a tight finish in the opening Listed contest. 

Racing mid division through the early stages of the mile prize the 11-2 chance was switched out around her rivals by Frankie Dettori inside the final two furlongs to mount what would be a winning challenge. 

Victory looked to be heading the way the prominently ridden Potapova. However, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly could not quite hold off the late lunge of Coppice who got up almost on the line to score by half a length.     

John Gosden said: “The girth went at Sandown I’m afraid, so I take the blame for that one. She has (toughed that out) and she has picked up in the last part as a mile, or a mile one (furlong) would be her trip. She has won at Royal Ascot and she is back to her best here and she has now got the black type. 

“I think she won very well at Ascot. I know it was a handicap, but she was carrying plenty of weight. It is nice that she has won at Royal Ascot and now a Listed race at the end of the year. 

“She was out early in the year, and she got stuck in the mud if you remember so plans for the Guineas went by the board, but she has held her form well through the year. I couldn’t be happier with her.

“There is a very strong possibility she will go to America now. We have discussed it before as she is a filly that will fit the racing well there. She will win Group races there on fast ground around a turning track.”

As for winning rider Dettori he praised the tenacity shown by Coppice in putting her head in front where it mattered most. 

Dettori said: “I was in the middle of the pack, and she was a bit timid in there, and I thought if you don’t like I will take you around (rivals). I took her around and I closed the gap. 

“As we ran downhill she lost her way a little bit and her legs went everywhere. I was lucky I didn’t lose too much ground there and I knew I would come to my own when I hit the rising ground and that’s what happened. 

“Once she got organised she really stuck her neck out.”





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