Redemption for Murphy as Alcohol Free lands Coronation Stakes
18 Jun 2021
Oisin Murphy loses Commonwealth Cup in the Steward's, gains quick reprieve minutes later in the Coronation Stakes
The lows and highs of racing were never more apparent than the 45 minutes between the Commonwealth Cup and Coronation Stakes on Day 4 of Royal Ascot.
Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy, having lost the Commonwealth Cup in the Steward’s room minutes earlier, guided Alcohol Free to Coronation Stakes glory. What disappointment he must have felt was quickly put aside as he produced Andrew Balding’s filly perfectly down the centre of the track for a convincing victory.
Oisin Murphy had Alcohol Free relaxed in the early stages with Novemba and Pretty Gorgeous taking them along. Down the straight as the pace quickened, several were getting tired in the rain softened conditions. However, Alcohol Free was always travelling better than most. Murphy coaxed her into contention and she put any doubts about staying the extra distance to bed.
Sky Lantern stayed on eye-catchingly having not had a clear passage, as well as QIPCO 1000 Guineas winner Mother Earth from the back, finishing second and third in that order.
As he passed the line Murphy blew a kiss to the crowd. A job well done under hugely difficult circumstances. He said: “I didn’t get a chance to stress before Alcohol Free, I had a plan and thankfully it paid off. That was for the Japanese fans”