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Veda in Coronation Frame

Exciting French filly Veda could aim to get her season back on track in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.

Alain de Royer-Dupre's filly kicked off her season with an impressive conditions race victory at Longchamp, earning her a tilt at the French 1000 Guineas.

She performed admirably in Classic company, finishing second to Avenir Certain, but failed to replicate that form when finishing well-beaten when odds-on for the Prix de Sandringham at Chantilly.

Connections believe the slow pace led to her demise on that occasion and are hopeful she will bounce back if given the green light to travel across the Channel for Friday's Group One assignment.

Georges Rimaud, French stud manager for Veda's owner the Aga Khan, said: "I won't say she was disappointing at Chantilly, but she didn't finish her race having been keen early.

"She is a filly who likes enough pace so she can settle at the back, but unfortunately that didn't happen in her last race.

"She is by Dansili, so good ground should suit her well. Hopefully, if we decide to go to Ascot, they will go a good pace and then she will be able to travel well and accelerate late in the race."

Certainly on course for the race is a filly Veda has met before, the Brian Meehan-trained J Wonder.

The Fred Darling Stakes winner was sixth in the French Guineas.

"She's in tremendous shape," said Meehan. "She got stuck in the ground in Longchamp and she has really come along in her coat.

"She did a really nice piece of work last week and I'm confident she can run well in the Coronation Stakes."