Horse racing: Beraysim goes for Coronation

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BERAYSIM will attempt to bridge the gulf between maiden company and the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot next week, her trainer Michael Jarvis revealed yesterday. Connections had considered running the Lion Cavern filly, a four-length winner of a Goodwood maiden last month, in the Group Three Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs next Wednesday instead of the Coronation, over a mile, the same afternoon. But yesterday Jarvis confirmed Beraysim will be pitched in at the very top.

The trainer, who also confirmed Polar Prince on course for the Prince of Wales's Stakes on the opening day of the Royal Meeting on Tuesday, said: "Beraysim will take her chance in the Coronation - it is a more important race for a filly. She seems in very good form but she wouldn't want it too soft, just like Polar Prince."

Pat Eddery did his best to light up a filthy afternoon at Sandown yesterday with a 112-1 four-timer. The first two of Eddery's quartet, Gipsy Rose Lee and Cortachy Castle, were trained by Brian Meehan, continuing the trainer's unstoppable run of form.

The rain, which had lashed down all afternoon, finally deigned to relent for Eddery to reach his threesome on Turgenev in the Berkeley Square Handicap. Electing to send his mount, the 11-8 favourite, up the stands' rail in the straight, Eddery sent Turgenev, who had travelled with comfort throughout, to the front entering the final quarter mile of the one-mile, six-furlong contest. The nine-year-old charged through the soft ground to beat Burundi by three lengths, with a further 10 to Arctic Fancy.

"There's life in the old dog yet," said winning trainer Robin Bastiman. "He showed his old spark again last time when Pat rode him and he travelled today. I could tell he was going to win on the far side."

But then the drizzle restarted for his fourth win of the day, on the Henry Candy-trained newcomer Pure Gold, 9-2 winner of the concluding Surrey Racing Maiden Stakes.

Gipsy Rose Lee got Eddery's afternoon off to the right start with a winning debut in the European Breeders Fund Portman Square Maiden Fillies' Stakes. Meehan's horses took their time to hit top form this season but there is no stopping them at present, with victories in France, Ireland and Britain this week.

Always prominent on the outer, Gipsy Rose Lee, a 5-1 shot, strode to the front passing the furlong pole and fended off the late challenge of the unlucky-in-running Miss Universe by a neck.

Just over two hours later, Cortachy Castle gave Meehan his seventh victory of the last fortnight and Eddery his third of the day with an authoritative display in the Leicester Square Stakes.