Coventry Stakes (Ascot) Betting Tips & Preview – Tuesday 20th June 2017

With 18 runners competing over just six furlongs, the Coventry Stakes is guaranteed to be anything but a dull affair. It’s the second event of the day at Royal Ascot and the most prestigious one open to two-year-old colts and fillies.

The race is named after the 9th Earl of Coventry who was Master of the Buckhounds when the six furlong event was introduced in 1890. It spent many years classified as a Group 3 race but enjoyed promotion to Group 2 in 2004.

Past Winners/Top Jockeys and Trainers

No trainer has saddled more winners in this race more than Aidan O’Brien. The Irishman has celebrated victory eight times so far, including twice in the last four renewals.

  1. 2016 – Caravaggio, ridden by Ryan Moore, trained by Aidan O’Brien
  2. 2015 – Buratino, ridden by William Buick, trained by Mark Johnston
  3. 2014 – The Wow Signal, ridden by Frankie Dettori, trained by John Quinn
  4. 2013 – War Command, ridden by Seamie Heffernan, trained by Aidan O’Brien
  5. 2012 – Dawn Approach, ridden by Kevin Manning, trained by Jim Bolger

Betting Tips

Aidan O’Brien has two entries in this year’s contest but it seems his only real hope lies with 9/1 (Betfair) shot Murillo. The bay colt made a poor start to his racing career when finishing dead last at Curragh but looked far better when winning at Tipperary just two weeks later.

What we will see from him this time is hard to say and this also applies to Arawak (8/1 with Ladbrokes) who only has the one start under his belt so far. It was a winning debut at Belmont Park but the field was small and of a poor standard. This will be a completely different test on his UK debut so it will be interesting to see how he performs.

Brother Bear is very likely to begin the race as favourite, currently trading at 9/2 with Betfair. He comes into the race having won his two starts quite comfortably, including one on good to firm going which is forecast for Tuesday’s race. Just two former starts isn’t unusual for winners of this race and he’s shown enough to suggest he’s a genuine contender.

Denaar (7/1 with Bet365) also comes into the race with the same record, two wins from two, although he had to work a bit harder for his most recent victory. Both appearances were on soft going however so it’s hard to say how the Richard Hannon horse will run in firmer conditions at Ascot.

Hannon, whose father trained the winner in both 2010 and 2009, has another credible contender in the form of De Bruyne Horse (15/2 with Ladbrokes). The colt has made some great headway after a poor debut at Newmarket and recently pocketed his connections £25k when winning at Epsom over 6 furlongs.

He’s one that makes for plenty of appeal along with Nebo given his price of 14/1 with Betfred. His career got off to a great start when beating 12 other runners at Newbury during what was a very strong showing. He wasn’t fancied that day, setting off at 25/1 and he looks overpriced again here.

Conclusion

The Coventry Stakes is a very difficult race to call once again but there’s reason to back De Bruyne Horse over the rest. An each way bet is also wise decision in a race like this though and in this market there looks to be no better option than Charles Hills’ Nebo.

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