Royal Ascot: Unbeaten U.S. Raider Spendarella Headed To Coronation Stakes

Aside from a strong customary raiding party for Wesley Ward, the US contingent for the 2022 Royal Ascot meeting includes the Christophe Clement-trained duo of Pizza Bianca in the G1 Coronation Stakes and progressive sprinter Slipstream in the G1 Commonwealth Cup.

Pizza Bianca was one of the leading juvenile fillies in North America last year thanks to her G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf success, while Slipstream has scored on his three most recent attempts over sprint distances.

Unbeaten filly Spendarella is set to be another US-trained runner in the G1 Coronation Stakes for Graham Motion and Gainesway Farm. The trainer/owner combination saddled Sharing to finish second in the 2020 running of the mile highlight for 3-year-old fillies.

Motion’s assistant Alice Clapham said: “Spendarella did not run as a 2-year-old because she wasn’t quite ready. She broke her maiden in January and then we ran her back in a stakes race at Gulfstream before winning again at Keeneland.

“When they decided to bring her here, Graham wanted to freshen her up rather than running once more because she had run three pretty consistent races.

“She has ended up racing prominently because she breaks well but I think she is pretty versatile and William [Buick] will be able to do whatever he likes with her.

“Sharing was a little more accomplished than this filly coming here. She had won at the Breeders’ Cup and had more experience, but this filly has done nothing wrong and has a great temperament for shipping.

“When she won at Keeneland, there was cut in the ground. Her two runs before that had been on firm, so we were a little worried, but she seemed to handle it really well. Famous last words but I don’t think the ground will matter either way.”

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