Ascot Coronation Stakes date for Mangoustine after cutting down Cachet

Mikel Delzangles' Mangoustine beat British raider Cachet in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and will now return the favour by heading to the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

1000 Guineas winner Cachet only found one too good in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and that was Mikel Delzangles' Mangoustine.

The French filly named after the exotic fruit is now after a slice of the Coronation Stakes at Ascot after downing the English 1000 Guineas victor.

It was a game head win from Mangoustine with Times Square and Rosacea also in the mix in a four-horse tussle.

French-American basketball star Tony Parker owns the Dark Angel filly and the baller is keen on a slam dunk at Royal Ascot with his trainer also up for the challenge at the UK's premier meeting.

Delzangles said: "There is a very strong chance we will come over for the Coronation Stakes. She was good and courageous to beat the English filly Cachet, who is a very good filly. But she did it and she has come out of the race very well and hopefully now she can come to Ascot in June.

"It will be a very good experience for myself and all connections to have a runner in a Group One at Ascot. Inspiral might be the one to beat and we will have to meet Cachet again and there could be some top Godolphin and Irish horses there as well, so we won't be expecting an easy race."

Delzangles also has long distance aspirations at Ascot with his Bubble Smart entered for the Ascot Gold Cup and due to go up against top stayers Stradivarius and Trueshan.

Of course, Delzangles has raided top English races before, winning the 2000 Guineas in 2010 with Makfi so the Gold Cup at Ascot will hold no fears with Bubble Smart.

"She will run at Longchamp on May 26 and if she does well there, she might go for the Ascot Gold Cup," continued Delzangles.

"I wouldn't mind soft ground (at Ascot) as I think that is always better over long distances to preserve the horses, but she ran a very good race at Longchamp last time.

"The main thing for her is she needs pace in the race and the further the better, so two and a half miles in the Ascot Gold Cup would be perfect for her."

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