Coventry Stakes

The Coventry Stakes is a Group 2 race for two-year-olds over six furlongs at Royal Ascot.

It is regarded by many as the first major juvenile race of the season with the potential to produce a Classic winner.

Notable past winners include Mill Reef (1970), Chief Singer (1983), Henrythenavigator (2007) and Dawn Approach (2012).

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Coventry Stakes

Race Overview – The Coventry

The Coventry Stakes is a flat horse race for two-year-olds contested in the United Kingdom. Every year in June, it is held at Ascot over a distance of 6 furlongs.

Check out our guides to all the other Group 2 horse races.

Coventry Stakes Odds

Here are the latest odds for the Coventry Stakes in June 2023:

  • These odds have not yet been released.

Coventry Stakes Tips

Here are some tips for Coventry Stakes in June 2023:

  • 2 points to win for TBC at odds of TBC
  • 1 point each way for TBC at odds of TBC

Some of the horses in the Coventry Stakes will run in other events later in the year. Stay updated on the horses and place ante-post bets if you want to wager on them.

Coventry Stakes Previous Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer
2013 War Command Seamie Heffernan Aidan O’Brien
2014 The Wow Signal Frankie Dettori John Quinn
2015 Buratino William Buick Mark Johnston
2016 Caravaggio Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien
2017 Rajasinghe Stevie Donohoe Richard Spencer
2018 Calyx Frankie Dettori John Gosden
2019 Arizona Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien
2020 Nando Parrado Adam Kirby Clive Cox
2021 Berkshire Shadow Oisin Murphy Andrew Balding
2022 Bradsell Hollie Doyle Archie Watson

Famous Coventry Stakes Winners

The Coventry Stakes was first run in 1890, named after the 9th Earl of Coventry. The race was upgraded from Group 3 to a Group 2 in 2004 and has a rich history of being won by high class performers. None more so than the great Mill Reef (1970), trained by Ian Balding and ridden by Geoff Lewis.

Mill Reef’s most famous victories include the 1971 Epsom Derby, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. He was a contemporary of another legendary racehorse in Brigadier Gerard, his conqueror in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Chief Singer was a remarkable four lengths winner on his racecourse debut here in 1983. Trainer Ron Sheather knew he was something special after he comfortably gave weight and a beating to an older stable companion on the home gallops. The handsome black horse with the big white face proved a champion over six furlongs and a mile, winning the July Cup and the Sussex Stakes in 1984.

More recent top class winners include Henrythenavigator (2007), Canford Cliffs (2009) and Dawn Approach (2012). Henrythenavigator completed the 2000 Guineas double in England and Ireland in 2008. He also won the St James’s Palace Stakes and the Sussex Stakes. Canford Cliffs was beaten in the Newmarket Guineas but won the Irish 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes. He won the Lockinge Stakes and the Queen Anne Stakes in 2011 and was retired to stud after sustaining an injury when defeated by Frankel at Goodwood.

Dawn Approach was the most recent Coventry Stakes winner to go on to Classic success. He ended the season as the highest rated juvenile colt in Europe after winning the Dewhurst Stakes. He was purchased by Godolphin and duly landed the 2000 Guineas before failing to stay in the Epsom Derby. He returned to a mile to win the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Key Coventry Stakes Trials

Coventry Stakes winners come from a wide variety of races. Eleven of the last twelve winners had won on their previous outing, all having raced within the previous 32 days. All but one had at least one victory to their credit.

Four of the last twelve Coventry Stakes winners won next time out. Five ran in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh with only Caravaggio (2016) winning. The Wow Signal (2014) won the Prix Morny at Deauville and Dawn Approach (2012) won the Vincent O’Brien Stakes at the Curragh. Calyx (2018) did not reappear until May the following season when winning the Pavilion Stakes at Ascot.

Coventry Stakes Betting Trends

Favourites have a good record in the Coventry Stakes with five clear favourites and one joint-favourite successful in the past twelve years; Strong Suit (2010), Power (2011), The Wow Signal joint-favourite (2014), Caravaggio (2016), Calyx (2018) and Arizona (2019).

The race can produce the occasional shock result but the 150-1 victory of Nando Parrado (2020) was out of the blue. He was trained by Clive Cox and ridden by Adam Kirby and is the longest priced winner ever at Royal Ascot. War Command (2013) was a 20-1 shot for Aidan O’Brien in 2013 while Rajasinghe (2017) and Berkshire Shadow (2021) returned at 11-1.

Coventry Stakes – Top Trainers and Jockeys

Aidan O’Brien has won the Coventry Stakes on a record nine occasions; Harbour Master (1997), Fasiliyev (1999), Landseer (2001), Statue of Liberty (2002), Henrythenavigator (2007), Power (2011), War Command (2013), Caravaggio (2016) and Arizona (2019).

The leading jockey in the history of the race is Sir Gordon Richards who also won it nine times; Manitoba (1932), Medieval Knight (1933), Hairan (1934), Nasrullah (1942), Tudor Minstrel (1946), The Cobbler (1947), Palestine (1949) and King’s Beach (1951). In more recent times, Richard Hughes won it three times with Three Valleys (2003), Canford Cliffs (2009) and Strong Suit (2010). Ryan Moore claimed his third win in the race with Arizona (2019) following Power (2011) and Caravaggio (2016).

Betting on the Coventry Stakes

The Coventry Stakes is one of the most intriguing two-year-old races of the season. It features colts of enormous potential from the top yards in Britain and Ireland. The winner will automatically earn quotes for the following season’s 2000 Guineas. The market usually provides a good guide to the fancied runners and the form is worth following throughout the summer.

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Popular Questions

How far is the Coventry Stakes?

The Coventry Stakes is 6 furlongs long.

Where is the Coventry Stakes held?

The Coventry Stakes is held at Ascot Racecourse.

Summary of Coventry Stakes

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