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Coventry Stakes 2021 Racecard

The Coventry Stakes, a race for two-year-olds and run over six furlongs is one of the premier juvenile sprints of the Flat season.

3:05 Tue 15 Jun COVENTRY STAKES

Distance: 6f 0y Age: 2yo O Prize: £59,200 Going: Gd/Frm

Analyst's Verdict

GISBURN was taking on exclusively newcomers at Newbury last month, but it's hard to find fault in a 6.5-length victory backed up by the clock. His strength at the finish was most impressive and he's fancied to wear down Kaufymaker, who, like many Wesley Ward-trained representatives, comes with a big reputation. The Acropolis will go on improving and completes the shortlist.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. ANGEL BLEU (FR)
J: Hector Crouch
T: Ralph Beckett
2
9-1
Continued run of marked race-by-race progress when landing 6f novice event at Pontefract 18 days ago, relishing the step up to 6f. Hard to rule out further improvement.
2
jockey silks 2. BERKSHIRE SHADOW
J: Oisin Murphy
T: Andrew Balding
2
9-1
Overcame inexperience (missed break) when making winning start in 9-runner maiden at Newbury in April. That race worked out well and step up in trip bound to suit (dam won up to 1m and stayed 1¼m).
3
jockey silks 3. CATURRA (IRE)
J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
2
9-1
Showed why he was heavily backed to win on debut (managing only fourth) when a decisive winner at Bath (5f) 3 weeks ago. No surprise were he to leave bare form of that behind.
4
jockey silks 4. DASHING RAT
J: Marco Ghiani
T: William Stone
2
9-1
Stuck to the task when runner-up over 6f at Brighton 3 weeks ago but he's now had 4 goes without success and is right up against it.
5
jockey silks 5. DHABAB (IRE)
J: Robert Havlin
T: John & Thady Gosden
2
9-1
Fetched £200,000 as a breeze-up buy and looked a good prospect when a 2-length winner of a 12-runner maiden at Leicester a fortnight ago (6f). That form yet to be tested but he's one to note.
6
jockey silks 6. EBRO RIVER (IRE)
J: James Doyle
T: Hugo Palmer
2
9-1
Clearly isn't a straightforward type given he has hung both ways already, but evidently has more than his share of talent, supplementing his Doncaster success in the National Stakes. Up in trip.
7
jockey silks 7. ELDRICKJONES (IRE)
J: Daniel Tudhope
T: Roger Fell
2
9-1
Heavily backed to land a big-field maiden at Thirsk 12 days ago only to find one too strong. That was a promising first effort but this a totally different assignment.
8
jockey silks 8. GISBURN (IRE)
J: Pat Dobbs
T: Richard Hannon
2
9-1
Half-brother to smart 6f performer Encrypted. Showed plenty when fourth to Berkshire Shadow in an extended 5f maiden at Newbury and built on that markedly back there over 6f a month ago. Big player.
9
jockey silks 9. GOLDEN WAR
J: Jamie Spencer
T: Charles Hills
2
9-1
Bred to stay well and made a pleasing debut when second of 6 at Goodwood 3 weeks ago. Stiff 6f clearly up his street but needs to leave that level behind.
10
jockey silks 10. MASSETO
J: G. M. Ryan
T: Donnacha Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
2
9-1
Overcame inexperience and unpromising track position to make winning debut in 11-runner maiden at Navan (5.8f). Still not the finished article when runner-up in Group 3 Marble Hill Stakes.
11
jockey silks 11. SECRET STRENGTH (IRE)
J: Tom Marquand
T: Richard Hannon
2
9-1
Displayed a willing attitude when landing 5-runner novice at Musselburgh 10 days ago (5f). Well worth another shot at 6f but others possess more scope.
12
jockey silks 12. THE ACROPOLIS (IRE)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
2
9-1
Eye-catching debut under a considerate ride at the Curragh and looked much more the finished article when justifying strong support at Listowel (6.3f) last week. Sure to progress again.
13
jockey silks 13. THE GATEKEEPER (IRE)
J: Ben Curtis
T: Mark Johnston
2
9-1
Well prepared to win a Musselburgh novice on debut in April. In danger of going the wrong way based on last couple of starts, but drying ground may aid his cause. Plenty to find, though.
14
jockey silks 14. THE ORGANISER
J: David Egan
T: Joseph Tuite
2
9-1
Travelled with plenty of purpose and was very impressive when landing 8-runner novice at York on debut 24 days ago. That wasn't a deep race for the track but he's a useful prospect in his own right.
15
jockey silks 15. TOLSTOY (IRE)
J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
2
9-1
Kingman colt who got off to a winning start in 11-runner novice at Yarmouth a month ago (6f). Form isn't anything special (steadily-run race) but he's open to progress for top yard.
16
jockey silks 16. VINTAGE CLARETS
J: Paul Hanagan
T: Richard Fahey
2
9-1
Derived plenty from his debut in the Brocklesby when landing 10-runner novice at Beverley and was impressive when dominating 3 rivals at Ayr. Tries 6f for the first time and he may improve for it.
17
jockey silks 17. KAUFYMAKER (USA)
J: John R. Velazquez
T: Wesley A. Ward, USA
2
8-12
Blinkered when impressively winning 6-runner maiden at Keeneland by 6¼ lengths from Bode By You, drawing clear final 1f. Sure to progress and much depends on whether she sees out 6f fully.

Betting Forecast : 4/1 4 KAUFYMAKER, 13/2 6.5 MASSETO, 7/1 7 GISBURN, 8/1 8 THE ACROPOLIS, 9/1 9 EBRO RIVER, 14/1 14 TOLSTOY, 14/1 14 DHABAB, 18/1 18 ANGEL BLEU, 25/1 25 BERKSHIRE SHADOW, 25/1 25 THE ORGANISER, 33/1 33 VINTAGE CLARETS, 40/1 40 CATURRA, 40/1 40 SECRET STRENGTH, 66/1 66 GOLDEN WAR, 100/1 100 THE GATEKEEPER, 250/1 250 DASHING RAT, 300/1 300 ELDRICKJONES

The event was established in 1890, and was named after the ninth Earl of Coventry, who served as the Master of the Buckhounds at that time.

The race was initially installed at Group 3 status, but was upgraded to a Group 2 in 2004, where the John Gosden-trained Iceman, ridden by Kieren Fallon prevailed.

The Coventry Stakes sees the leading two-year-olds from the UK and Ireland line up in what is usually an ultra-competitive contest and has a habit of throwing up a star of the future, with the likes of Canford Cliffs (2009), Dawn Approach (2012) and Caravaggio (2016) all winning the race this century.

For decades, the winner of this race has been regarded as one of the leading two-year-olds and it's not a shock to see them competing in Classic company the following season, most likely to feature in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. Dawn Approach was the last horse to complete the double, while Canford Cliffs emulated Henrythenavigator by landing the Irish equivalent, providing jockey Richard Hughes with a first Classic success.

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Coventry Stakes 2021 FAQs

What distance is the Coventry Stakes?

6 furlongs

What day of the Royal Ascot meeting is it on?

Tuesday

What time is the Coventry Stakes?

15:05

What weights are carried in the Coventry Stakes?

9 st 1 lb. 3 lb allowance for fillies

What is the purse for the Coventry Stakes?

£60,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Coventry Stakes*?

Sir Gordon Richards, with nine wins

Who is the leading trainer in the Coventry Stakes*?

Aidan O’Brien, with nine wins

Who won the Coventry Stakes?

You can check out our Coventry Stakes results page here to see a List of previous winners.

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