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The 2018 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot

Friday 22nd June 2018

3:05pm2:05 PM10:05 AM9:05 AM8:05 AM7:05 AMThe Coventry Stakes (Group 2)

About The Coventry Stakes of Royal Ascot

The Coventry Stakes was established in 1890, and it currently runs on opening day of the 5-day Royal Ascot meeting in June at Ascot Racecourse in England. The Group 2 race is open 2-year-olds and is contested on the turf at a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 meters).  

The most recent winner in 2017 was Rajasinghe (11-1), whose thrilling climax victory was a photo finish and the first Royal Ascot winner for jockey Steve Donohoe and trainer Richard Spencer, 28 won the race in just his second season with a license. Rajasinghe became just the 3rd winner in the last 17 years to win the race at greater than 8-1 odds, and the biggest priced winner during that stretch was War Command (20-1) in 2013 trained by Aidan O’Brien.

Eleven of the last 12 Coventry Stakes winners entered the race undefeated with only 2015 winner Buratino (6-1) having been beaten before capturing the Coventry.  

The Coventry Stakes often features a large field, and the winning results of more competitively-priced juveniles suggests very few horses have a fighting chance. The major fancies are worthy of respect and especially Aidan O'Brien as the leading trainer in the Coventry.

Coventry Stakes Facts and Figures

• The Coventry Stakes was named after the 9th Earl of Coventry, who served as the Master of the Buckhounds in 1890.
• The race was originally classified as Group 3 in 1971, and it was promoted to Group 2 level in 2004. 
• 14 of the last 17 winners were priced 8/1 or less, and 11 of those priced 11/2 or less
• The leading jockey with a record 9 wins is Sir Gordon Richards (1932-1951).
• The leading trainer with a record 8 wins is Aidan O’Brien (1997-2016).