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Many expected the 2018 Investec Coronation Cup to be something of an extended lap of honour for Cracksman, the highest-rated horse in Europe and 2-7 favourite.
However, he was all but upstaged by 33/1 chance Salouen, the outsider of the six runners, who made the running under Silvestre De Sousa an led everywhere by the final stride or two.
It was a canny ride by De Sousa, who set a steady gallop in the mile and a half contest before quickening up smartly in the home straight to go clear, but Salouen should not be underestimated in future QIPCO British Champions Series races.
He twice finished placed in Group 1 company as a two-year-old, after all, and had been a luckless thirteenth in the Investec Derby a year earlier.
Trainer Sylvester Kirk was delighted with the four-year-old son of Canford Cliffs. “We have seen him do what we think he was capable of,” he said. “He jumped out in front and made the running and has just been beaten by a very good horse.
“We are disappointed but we would have been delighted with that result beforehand. I thought he was home and hosed. I don’t usually count my chickens, but I thought a furlong out he had won.
“It’s a pleasure for a small yard like us to have a nice horse like him.”
He has continued to give a good account of himself and, on his latest start. He made the most of a drop in class to land the Listed Carey Group Buckhounds Stakes at Ascot by seven lengths and turned there to be fourth in the King George behind Enable and Crystal Ocean.
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