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VIDEO: ROYAL ASCOT: Classy Calyx rockets to Coventry Stakes success
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VIDEO: ROYAL ASCOT: Classy Calyx rockets to Coventry Stakes success
on 19 June 2018
The first-crop son of Kingman was impressive in the Group 2 juvenile event; the Aidan O'Brien-trained Sergei Prokofiev was third

CALYX maintained his unbeaten record with a most impressive display in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

A son of trainer John Gosden’s former champion miler Kingman, the two-year-old had looked a star in the making on his racecourse debut at Newmarket just 10 days ago and was a heavily-supported 2/1 favourite for this six-furlong assignment.

The field split in two soon after the stalls opened and with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, Calyx raced enthusiastically in the group nearest to the grandstand.

Dettori asked his mount to quicken racing inside the final two furlongs and the response was devastating, as Calyx quickly put distance between himself and his rivals.

Advertise and Sergei Prokofiev came home best of the runners that raced on the far side of the track, but had to make do with second and third respectively with Calyx passing the post comfortably ahead.

John Gosden said: "Calyx is very talented. His father was exceptionally talented and Calyx has all of those attributes. I think the high draw might not be the best draw. In the Queen Anne, low numbers were first, second and third. The high draw was a disadvantage and I couldn't believe that Calyx hung on like he did. It was a tough ordeal for him to race on his own on just his second start. If he had horses to race with him, I think that would have been better. It was a big achievement for him to win having raced on his own and he is worth more than the winning margin of a length to say the least.

"We've won this race before but he does make you get up in the morning. Calyx has had to race on his own for the last two furlongs with a huge crowd screaming. That is a big ordeal for him and I think he did amazingly to win. I could have easily seen him getting distracted with nothing to race with.

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