Royal Ascot - At The Races

15:05 Ascot 20 Jun 2017

Coventry Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (2YO only)

Winner £85,065 - 18 ran



Good to Firm

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Weighed In

Last year’s race

  • Winner: Caravaggio
  • Jockey: R L Moore
  • Trainer: A P O'Brien
  • Owner: Mrs John Magnier, Mr M Tabor & Mr D Smith
  • Age: 2 Weight: 9st 1lb
  • Starting Price: 13/8f
  • Season Form Figures: 11
  • Previous Best: 1st - Marble Hill Stakes (Listed Race), Curragh (May 2016)

The Coventry Stakes has been a very good race for punters since it was promoted to Group 2 status 13 years ago with Caravaggio becoming the seventh winning favourite or joint-favourite in the last 11 years when successful last season. Just four winners since Chief Singer won at 20/1 on his racecourse debut in 1983 have failed to start in the first five in the betting and three of those were trained by Aidan O’Brien.

When Caravaggio won 12 months ago he ensured that Aidan O’Brien became the most successful trainer in the race’s almost 130-year history with an eighth winner. When winning the Derby, Wings Of Eagles became O’Brien’s 19th winner of a British of Irish class that wasn’t the shortest price of his contenders and we must also respect his second and third strings (according to the betting) in the Coventry as three of those have won.

Caravaggio became the seventh winning favourite or joint-favourite in the last 11 years when successful last season.

Last-time-out winners are a must as only Harbour Master has won off the back of a defeat in the last 33 years. It is likely that at least 50% of the field will be last-time-out winners so to help narrow the parameters further, it has definitely paid to concentrate on unbeaten horses. Caravaggio was 2-2 entering last year’s race but I like the strike rate of winners of their only start having won 11 of the last 24 runnings. This is in total contrast to the Queen Mary Stakes over 5f where 11 of the last 14 winners had run at least twice but very similar to the Albany Stakes over the same 6f as the Coventry Stakes.

The Hannon stable has the best record of British-based yards with recent wins for Canford Cliffs and Strong Suit who both won the same 6f maiden at Newbury win this season by the Charlie Hills-trained Nebo. After he won Hills likened him to his father’s Red Clubs who won the Coventry in 2005. The Hannon stable have two leading contenders this season in Denaar who won a conditions race at Newbury and the Woodcote winner, De Bruyne Horse. Two of the last three Woodcote winners went on to win at Royal Ascot including Buratino in the Coventry.

As for the best recent Irish guide, two of the last six Marble Hill Stakes winners, won by Brother Bear this season having been increased in trip from 5f to 6f, went on to win the Coventry Stakes. They being the O’Brien-trained pair of Power and Caravaggio.

As an aside, five Coventry Stakes winners between 2007-2012 also went on to win at Royal Ascot the following season.

At a glance summary

Unbeaten (preferably one run)
Trained by Aidan O’Brien or Richard Hannon
The favourite
Won the Marble Hill Stakes
Won at Newbury
Beaten last time out
Outside the front five in the betting

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2016 Soft 18 Caravaggio 13 2 9 1 - 11 24 days A P O'Brien R L Moore 13/8 1:16.36
2015 Good to Firm 17 Buratino 10 2 9 1 - 13121 10 days M Johnston (243 miles) W Buick 6/1 1:13.11
2014 Good 15 The Wow Signal 1 2 9 1 - 1 27 days J J Quinn (227 miles) L Dettori 5/1 1:12.99
2013 Good 15 War Command 15 2 9 1 - 1 11 days A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 20/1 1:12.86
2012 Good 22 Dawn Approach 13 2 9 1 - 111 15 days J S Bolger (343 miles) K J Manning 7/2 1:13.64
2011 Good 23 Power 19 2 9 1 - 11 24 days A P O'Brien R L Moore 4/1 1:13.55
2010 Good 15 Strong Suit 8 2 9 1 - 1 32 days R Hannon (52 miles) R Hughes 15/8 1:14.29
2009 Good to Firm 13 Canford Cliffs 9 2 9 1 - 1 32 days R Hannon (52 miles) R Hughes 7/4 1:13.64
2008 Good to Firm 18 Art Connoisseur 2 2 9 1 - 11 62 days M Bell (88 miles) J P Spencer 8/1 0:00.00
2007 Good to Firm 20 Henrythenavigator 17 2 9 1 - 1 44 days A P O'Brien Mick Kinane 11/4 1:12.46