The Coronation Stakes
The Group 1 Coronation Stakes is the feature race of day four of the Royal Ascot meeting.
The Coronation Stakes was first run in 1840 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria. The race attained Group 1 status in 1988, and is contested by some of the same horses that compete in the 1,000 Guineas and the Irish 1,000 Guineas. The race is regarded by pundits as one of the world’s most prestigious races for three-year-old fillies.
The Coronation Stakes is only open to three-year-old thoroughbred fillies, and is run over a distance of one mile on the Ascot mile course.
Coronation Stakes Betting
The Coronation Stakes is always keenly anticipated as a sequel to both the Irish and English 1,000 Guineas. It’s not unusual for several entries from both those races to compete in the Coronation Stakes, and the race will often pit the winner of the two Guineas events against one another. Fillies’ mile races are unpredictable at the best of times, and you’ll find plenty of value in this race, with favourites frequently underpriced and worthy of a lay bet, with good odds on offer on quality racehorses further down the betting. Unless she drops below Evens, look for a lay bet on the antepost favourite for a low liability option at the betting exchanges.
Coronation Stakes Winners
The Coronation Stakes sees the United Kingdom and Ireland’s top thoroughbred fillies in action. Perhaps the finest racehorse ever to have won the Coronation Stakes title was Pretty Polly in 1904. Pretty Polly won the Coronation Stakes along with several other prestigious races, including the 1,000 Guineas and the Epsom Oaks. In 24 career races this Coronation Stakes winner only missed out on first place on two occasions.
Retired jockey Walter Swinburn is the Coronation Stakes’ top jockey, having claimed four Coronation Stakes winners’ titles during his career, with his final win on Exclusive coming in 1998. The fact that no other jockey has claimed more than a single Coronation Stakes winners’ title since Swinburn’s retirement indicates just how tough and competitive this prestigious Group 1 race is.
Sir Michael Stoute is the most successful trainer in the modern history of the Coronation Stakes, having trained four Coronation Stakes winners. His record is in no danger of being broken, with a new trainer having won the race in every year since Stoute’s last won with Russian Rhythm.