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When is the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot 2022?

Royal Ascot: Tuesday 14th June 2022 at 3.05pm
The Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
Age: 2yo
Distance: Six furlongs
Weights – 9st 1lb (3lb allowance for fillies)
Prize: £150,000

History of the Coventry Stakes race at Royal Ascot

The Coventry Stakes was first run in 1890. It was named after George William Coventry the 9th Earl of Coventry.  Initially Group 3, the Coventry Stakes was promoted to a Grade 2 race in 2004.  This sprint takes place on the first day of Royal Ascot over 6 furlongs and is open to 2-year-olds.

The most successful Jockey in the race has been Sir Gordon Richards with 9 wins between 1932 and 1951.

The leading trainer for this race is Aidan O’Brien with 9 winners between 1997 and 2019 when he scored with Arizona.

The fastest time recorded for the winner of the Coventry Stakes was in 2017 when Rajasinghe, ridden by Stevie Donohoe finished in just 1 minute 12.39 seconds.  Red Clubs managed faster in 2005, but this was when the Royal Ascot meeting was held at York Race.

2020 saw a great upset when 150/1 Nando Parrado won the Coventry under steerage of Adam Kirby and Trainer CG Cox.

Rajasinghe winning the Coventry Stakes in 2017 in record time.

Royal Ascot Coventry Stakes Trends and Statistics
Here are the Coventry Stakes 12 year Trends and Statistics:

    • Age – Race is for two-year-olds only.
    • Sex – All of the last twelve winners were colts.
    • Country – Seven of the last twelve winners were bred in Ireland, three in the USA and two in Great Britain.
    • Colour – Eight of the last twelve winners have been bay (b), three of them chestnut (ch) and one has been grey (gr).
    • Starting Price – Ten of the last twelve winners returned a starting price of 8/1 or less.
    • Starting Price Rank – Ten of the last twelve winners were in the top three in the betting.
    • Headgear – None of the last twelve winners wore any headgear.
    • Draw – There is no significant trend on the effects of the draw, six winners were drawn in single-figure stalls and six in double-figure stalls.
    • Last Run Form – All twelve of the last twelve winners won on their previous run. eight of the last twelve winners ran over six furlongs last time.
    • Days since last run – Ten of the last twelve winners ran within the last 33 days.
    • Distance Form – Eight of the last twelve winners had at least one previous run over 6 furlongs and at least one previous win over 6 furlongs
    • Season Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least one win in the current season.
Recent Winners of The Coventry Stakes
DateGoingRunnersWinnerAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsDays
Good To Firm17211/160d
Good To Firm2322/110d
Good To Firm18211/132d
Good To Firm1726/110d
Good To Firm1327/432d
Good To Firm1828/162d
Good To Firm20211/444d
Good To Firm2124/125d
Good To Firm14211/220d
Good To Firm1325/131d
Good To Firm1327/132d
Good To Firm20220/134d
Good To Firm1228/127d
Good To Firm18215/824d
Good To Soft1726/134d


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What's Our Coventry Stakes Tips for Royal Ascot?

We've been studying the cards, form, stats, trends and more for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, and here's our thoughts ahead of the race:

With the exception of last year’s 150/1 winner Nando Parrado, this race has generally been kind to favourite backers.

With nine of the last 12 winners of this race having been positioned in the top three, Castle Star is likely to be popular. This exciting 2-year old has never raced outside of Ireland though, however, he looked extremely effective over 6f and his RPR has increased with every outing.

Second favourite Cadamosto is unproven on turf and could be worth swerving. Although the favourite is progressive and could win this, it may be worth backing King of Bavaria.

Aidan O’Brien has won four of the last 12 renewals of this race and this speedy colt beat subsequent winners in a decent 2-year old maiden at Naas at the beginning of May. 

On the day we tipped:

EBRO RIVER (11/1 each way) – 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 slightly today, but will be looking to make it a hat-trick now.

How we did:

The race was won by 11/1 shot Berkshire Shadow,  the pack then followed up, with a neck in it, which is where our selection EBRO RIVER finished in 5th place.  Hopefully you managed to get the extra place available with some bookmakers for the each way win.

Another Aidan O’Brien horse ADMIRAL NELSON has been installed as the favourite. I think this is a toss-up between ADMIRAL NELSON, CREATIVE FORCE and QAADER

Keith's final choice

13:50 THUNDER OF NIAGRA 40/1 each way – Earned a place in his lineup with a comfortable Newcastle win. Can pull off a shock result.

How it fared

THUNDER OF NIAGRA 50/1 6th /15 – I went for the wrong outsider as the winner was 150/1 an all time record for Royal Ascot. Ran a good race up with the leaders before fading to 6th (Bet365 had 16/1 down to 8th place), the favourite was further back in 8th. 

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This is what Keith said about the 2019 Coventry Stakes:

Leading Contenders

MONARCH OF EGYPT 5/1 – Destined to be a leading light in Aiden O’Brien’s Ballydoyle team.  Made an impressive debut at Naas in April and will continue to progress.

HURRICANE IVOR 7/1 – French raider, impressive on debut run at Chantilly could be anything.

THREAT 10/1 – Won a Newmarket maiden pretty comfortably on debut at the start of May expected to progress.

WELL OF WISDOM 14/1 – Desperately unlucky at Newbury in May bumped at the two pole and lost all action but battled back to finish third in a tight three-way photograph.


Keith had his eye on MONARCH OF EGYPT which he thought a cracking chance but the value lies with WELL OF WISDOM 14/1 each way and that was his main selection for the race.

What our members tipped in the Coventry Stakes

Each day we ask our members to select their Pick 6, their NAP for each race of the day.  We then collate all the picks, and present the top selections to our VIP members.  Here's how it went for the Coventry Stakes:

Race Two | 3:05pm – Coventry Stakes  🥇 BERKSHIRE SHADOW

Fairly wide open this but it's DHABAB for John & Thady Gosden with Robert Havlin on board that just edges out in front with 17.8%
Gisburn the next best with 14.2% and Kaufymaker on 13.1%.

A huge 42.3% of the selections are on Quadrilateral in the Coventry Stakes. Frankie Dettori does get some support on Alpine Star with 17.3% but plenty of early support for Run Wild but now only 15.7% of your selections.

The Coventry Stakes is the first two year old race of Royal Ascot and plenty of support for Arizona with 28.7 % of the votes, hot on the heels though is Guildsman with 23.5%

Royal Ascot Coventry Stakes Results 

1 Berkshire Shadow 11/1
2 Eldrickjones 66/1
3 Vintage Clarets 25/1
4 Masseto 15/2

1 Nando Parrado 150/1
2 Qaader 3/1
3 Saeiqa 25/1
15 ran NR: Mehmo Distances: 1l, 1¼l, 1¼l
Time: 1m 15.21s (slow by 2.81s)

1 Arizona 15/8F
2 Threat 4/1
3 Guildsman 6/1
17 ran Distances: ½l, nk, 1l
Time: 1m 13.02s (slow by 0.62s)
Our Verdict:

Well Keith didn’t fancy the favourite, Arizona but Aidan O’Brien won his 9th win in this race in a nail biting finish. It took Ryan Moore to the last furlong to make his move with Arizona, taking the lead and winning the race by half a length from Threat. 28.8% of our own members selected Arizona, with 23.3% who thought that Guildsman would win, but Guildsman could only manage third place.

Watch the thrilling finish of the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot 2019, and watch Arizona win the race by half a length from Threat:

Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
Distance: 6f (1320 yards) Prize (winner): £59200 Dir: Straight
Runners: 17    Going: Good To Firm    Class: Class 1 Group 2    Age Restrictions: 2yo
Winners Time: 1 mins 13.55s   Avg OR: 6     Median OR: 0     Stalls: Centre

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
21st17Berkshire Shadow20Balding, A MMurphy, Oisin11/112.694.10
dwelt towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 34
72nd1.252Eldrickjones (IRE)20Fell, RogerTudhope, Daniel66/194.9919.56
held up, headway when not clear run and switched left, stayed on to go 2nd close home BF IP MIN 21 BF IP MAX 970
163rdNK16Vintage Clarets20Fahey, R AHanagan, Paul25/126.769.00
towards rear, pushed along and headway 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home BF IP MIN 2.2 BF IP MAX 1000
104thNK10Masseto20Obrien, DonnachaRyan, Gavin15/210.023.20
held up, ridden and headway entering final furlong, stayed on inside final furlong BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 75
65thNK1Ebro River (IRE)20Palmer, HugoDoyle, James12/116.414.50
in touch, headway 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on one pace BF IP MIN 3.3 BF IP MAX 1000
56thHD11Dhabab (IRE)20Gosden, John and ThadyHavlin, Robert4/1 (Fav)6.402.46
in touch, pushed along and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong BF IP MIN 5.7 BF IP MAX 1000
37th113Caturra (IRE)20Cox, C GKirby, Adam22/121.256.00
in touch, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon every chance, no extra inside final furlong BF IP MIN 3.4 BF IP MAX 1000
178th13Kaufymaker (USA)2106Ward, WesleyVelazquez, J R8/111.014.73
led, headed halfway, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 6.2 BF IP MAX 1000
129th0.754The Acropolis (IRE)20OBrien, A PMoore, Ryan6/18.113.00
close up, pushed along and edged right over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong BF IP MIN 7 BF IP MAX 110
1510thSH5Tolstoy (IRE)20Gosden, John and ThadyDettori, L11/117.005.00
towards rear, ridden and headway 2f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 19 BF IP MAX 1000
411thNK15Dashing Rat20Stone, W BGhiani, Marco200/1320.0058.28
in rear, pushed along halfway, never a factor BF IP MIN 230 BF IP MAX 900
1412thNSE6The Organiser20Tuite, JosephEgan, David20/125.006.91
keen prominent, led halfway, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 13.5 BF IP MAX 1000
113thNSE9Angel Bleu (FR)20Beckett, R MCrouch, Hector28/135.5810.19
in touch, pushed along and headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 21 BF IP MAX 1000
1314th1.7512The Gatekeeper (IRE)20Johnston, MCurtis, B A125/190.5825.46
tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 60 BF IP MAX 1000
815th1.757Gisburn (IRE)20Hannon (Jnr), RichardDobbs, Pat6/18.983.10
tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out BF IP MIN 7.8 BF IP MAX 600
916th1.58Golden War20Hills, CharlesSpencer, Jamie80/189.8521.36
steadied start, never on terms BF IP MIN 34 BF IP MAX 250
1117th0.514Secret Strength (IRE)20Hannon (Jnr), RichardMarquand, Tom50/149.0114.40
dwelt towards rear, never a factor BF IP MIN 32 BF IP MAX 1000

Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
Distance: 6f (1320 yards) Prize (winner): £35520 Dir: Straight
Runners: 15    Going: Good    Class: Class 1 Group 2    Age Restrictions: 2yo
Winners Time: 1 mins 15.21s   Avg OR: 0     Median OR: 0     Stalls: Centre

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
101st6Nando Parrado2Cox, C GKirby, Adam150/1190.0028.00
always prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, driven out BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 180
122nd14Qaader (IRE)2Johnston, MCrowley, Jim3/14.001.74
mid-division, headway tracking leaders over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, wandered and one pace inside final furlong BF IP MIN 1.35 BF IP MAX 1000
133rd1.253Saeiqa2Gosden, John and ThadyDwyer, Martin25/136.009.57
mid-division far side of group, headway chasing leaders 2f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong BF IP MIN 30 BF IP MAX 1000
54th1.2515Dark Lion (IRE)2Varian, RogerEgan, David7/110.063.30
mid-division, headway near side of group chasing leaders over 2f out, stayed on in 4th inside final furlong, never going pace pace to threaten BF IP MIN 4.3 BF IP MAX 1000
115th0.752Painless Potter (IRE)2King, AHarley, M40/150.009.68
outpaced towards rear, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer BF IP MIN 9 BF IP MAX 950
166th1.751Thunder Of Niagara (IRE)2Johnston, MFanning, Joe50/1100.0016.17
led until inside final 2f, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 6.8 BF IP MAX 990
87thSH16Lauded2Dascombe, TomKingscote, Richard8/110.923.16
chased leaders, every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 4 BF IP MAX 990
18th1.510Admiral Nelson2OBrien, A PMoore, Ryan5/2 (Fav)3.591.80
always towards rear, never involved BF IP MIN 3.35 BF IP MAX 1000
69thHD8Existent2Gosden, John and ThadyDettori, L10/123.184.80
slowly away, well behind, some late minor headway near side of group, never on terms BF IP MIN 8 BF IP MAX 1000
410th0.59Creative Force (IRE)2Appleby, CharlieBuick, William10/113.444.03
with leaders, every chance 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 9 BF IP MAX 1000
311th1.2512Choritzo2Loughnane, DavidSousa, Silvestre De100/1280.0027.99
chased leaders over 3f BF IP MIN 120 BF IP MAX 1000
1412thNK11Science (IRE)2Watson, ArchieMurphy, Oisin40/151.579.20
chased leaders, weakened inside final 2f BF IP MIN 30 BF IP MAX 990
1513th0.757Talbot (IRE)2Meehan, B JMarquand, Tom12/118.514.20
mid-division, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakened 2f out BF IP MIN 15 BF IP MAX 990
214th1113Army Of India (IRE)2Johnston, MDoyle, James66/175.0014.51
keen to post, restless in stalls, chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened soon after BF IP MIN 55 BF IP MAX 1000
715th0.7514Igotatext (IRE)2Watson, ArchieDoyle, Hollie66/1100.9415.70
towards rear of mid-division, pushed along halfway, weakened soon after BF IP MIN 70 BF IP MAX 1000

Non Runners  Mehmo (IRE)

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