The Coventry Stakes

The Coventry Stakes is a relatively modern addition to the Royal Ascot meeting, and was first run in 1890. The race was named after George Coventry, the 9th Earl of Coventry, in recognition of his service as the Royal Master of Hounds between 1886 and 1892. In 2004 the Coventry Stakes was upgraded from Group 3 status to Group 2 status.

The Coventry Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race for two-year-old thoroughbred racehorses. Competitors race a distance of six furlongs (just over one kilometre) on the Ascot flat course. The race is a genuine sprint offering a substantial prize fund of £100,000 – making it one of the richest races at the Royal Ascot meeting.

Coventry Stakes Betting

Betting on the two-year-olds competing in the Coventry Stakes can be tricky, as they are still in the process of improving and it is difficult to gauge which horse will pull off a race-winning performance.

As the Coventry Stakes approaches, the Coventry Stakes betting markets will give some indication of which horse experienced punters are backing. With many of the runners given high odds it may not be a bad idea to bet on a placed finish for a selection of horses, improving the chances of generating a return.

Coventry Stakes Winners

In the past two decades a number of fine thoroughbreds have competed in the Coventry Stakes. Notable amongst these fine horses is the 2001 Coventry Stakes winner Landseer, who went on to win two further Group 1 races in his career.

Michael Kinane has been the most successful jockey in the Coventry Stakes over the last decade. The Irishman has won the race three times since 1999, including the most recent running of the race on Henrythenavigator.

One trainer’s name stands out amongst the Coventry Stakes winners – Aidan O’Brien. The legendary Irish trainer has trained no fewer than five Coventry Stakes winners in the last ten years, pairing up with Michael Kinane to take the 2007 Coventry Stakes with Henrythenavigator.

Coventry Stakes Odds