Coronet ran out a convincing winner of the Group Two Betfred Middleton Stakes at York today.

Seven older fillies and mares went to post for this 10-furlong contest.

At the break it was Chain Of Daisies who went off in front from Horseplay and Mori.

Settling down, Chain Of Daisies held an easy lead from Horseplay and Mori, with Turret Rocks next and then Coronet.

There was little change in the order as the field turned into the home straight and raced down the centre of the track.

With two furlongs to race, the leader came under pressure as Coronet powered into the lead, with Smart Call and Horseplay mustering up a challenge.

But Coronet held a two length lead under Frankie Dettori and eased to the line a comfortable winner, with Horseplay second and Smart Call third.

The John Gosden trained Coronet had won the Ribblesdale Stakes last season and looks set fair for another good campaign.

Her trainer said: “That was a great return. She’s been training nicely.

“We were perfectly aware that a mile and a quarter on top of the ground is not her favourite, but she did it very well and when we step her up to a mile and a half she’ll be even better.

“She’s in the Hardwicke (at Royal Ascot) and that is there for her to look at. If not, there’s the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.”