Cheveley Park Stud's Russian Rhythm, the Sagitta One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) winner last month, added the Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) to her growing resume Friday at Royal Ascot. The Michael Stoute-trained 3-year-old filly took the lead inside the final furlong and drew off to a 1 1/2 length victory in the one-mile event.Sent off the 4-7 favorite in the nine-horse field under Kieren Fallon, Russian Rhythm has now won five of six lifetimestarts and is two-for-two this year. A daughter of Kingmambo, out of the Nijinsky II mare Balisroika, Russian Rhythm was bred in Pennsylvania by Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable. Finishing second was 9-2 choice Soviet Song. She finished three lengths ahead of Mail the Desert. Soviet Song, a daughter of Marju, races for Elite Racing Club. Newsells Park Stud's Mail the Desert (by Desert Prince) set the early pace before tiring late. The final time for the race was 1:38.51.Russian Rhythm was a $370,000 Keeneland November weanling and is a half-sister to the stakes-placed runner Ive Gota Bad Liver. At 2, Russian Rhythm won the Peugeot Lowther Stakes (Eng-II) and the Princess Margaret Stakes (Eng-III). Her lone loss came in the Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) when she was second to Airwave.Kingmambo, a classic winner in France, stands at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. He is the sire of four other stakes winners this year including group I winner Dubai Destination.
Henrythenavigator got things off to a great start for Aidan O'Brien by cruising to a deceptively easy three-quarter of a length victory in the Coventry Stakes (Eng-II), the opening race of the Royal Ascot meeting.