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Coventry Stakes

15:05 Royal Ascot

2021-06-15

Winner: £59200

Runners: 17

Going:Good To Firm

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Distance: 0m6f0yy

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The Coventry Stakes is a Group 2 contest run over 6f. It takes place at 15:05 on Tuesday 15th June, which is the first day of Royal Ascot 2021. View the runners here, and also make sure to check out the odds and tips on offer for this race.

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8(7)
41
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Gisburn

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J: Pat Dobbs
T: Richard Hannon
2
127
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114
Showed good speed to lead before weakening into fourth behind Berkshire Shadow at Newbury (5f) but he was never headed on his return visit a month ago (good to soft) when raised to 6f, stretching clear to win by just over 6l; that maiden is often won by a smart horse and a few of those he defeated have upheld the form; has veered right under pressure in both his races, though it wasn't quite so pronounced last time.
16(16)
411
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Vintage Clarets

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J: Paul Hanagan
T: Richard Fahey
2
127
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106
Favourite for all three runs; came up short in the Brocklesby but impressed on good to firm at Beverley and Ayr, particularly so last time when comfortably conceding 4lb to a rival who subsequently scored easily at Nottingham; every chance of him staying this extra furlong; could well outrun his odds.
2(17)
1
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Berkshire Shadow

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J: Oisin Murphy
T: Andrew Balding
2
127
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102
Not bred for 5f so did well to win at Newbury (good) and especially after giving his rivals a head start (sluggish exiting the stalls); however, with the exception of fourth-placed Gisburn progressing to win so stylishly next time, the form has worked out rather disappointingly; perhaps placed at best.
4(15)
8322
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Dashing Rat

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J: Marco Ghiani
T: William Stone
2
127
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91
Fair form the last twice in finishing runner-up in 6f events on good ground at Newmarket and Brighton, latterly behind Epsom's Woodcote winner; shouldn't be long before he's winning but has limitations at this level.
13(12)
1254
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The Gatekeeper

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J: Ben Curtis
T: Mark Johnston
2
127
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97
Armed with plenty of experience but he's suffered three defeats since his debut success at Musselburgh, so hardly has the profile of a typical Coventry winner.
1(9)
311
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Angel Bleu

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J: Hector Crouch
T: Ralph Beckett
2
127
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110
Very green first time out before winning on fast ground at Salisbury (5f) and soft at Pontefract (6f); didn't blow them away on either of those occasions and now faces much stiffer competition; would be a surprise winner.
6(1)
611
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Ebro River

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J: James Doyle
T: Hugo Palmer
2
127
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116
Must have some engine to have won his last two so impressively when evidently learning on the job, having hung right at Doncaster and then left at Sandown when probably in front too early; he was still more than 3l superior to respected opposition last time and his clear turn of foot could be lethal if he is covered up for longer in this bigger field; both wins have been over 5f on soft ground but he might be even more potent on this surface over 6f; The Wow Signal defied stall 1 seven years ago; very interesting.
3(13)
41
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Caturra

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J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
2
127
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97
Beaten favourite for a novice event at Newmarket's Craven meeting but showed the benefit of that experience when clearcut winner at Bath (5f, good to soft); the runner-up is now 0-3 and the form is nothing to boast about, but the stable did spring a huge surprise in this 12 months ago.
10(10)
12
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Masseto

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J: Gavin Ryan
T: Donnacha Aidan O'Brien
2
127
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115
Impressed in how he quickened up to win a decent maiden at Navan (good) and endured a nightmare run when second in a Group 3 at the Curragh (6f, soft to heavy) next time; debatable whether he could have reeled in the winner (looks very smart) but it would have been close; his form is right up there; carries his head a tad high but it's early days.
11(14)
241
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Secret Strength

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J: Tom Marquand
T: Richard Hannon
2
127
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104
Made it third-time lucky when edging out a previous winner at Musselburgh (5f, good) and was value for narrow winning margin; others have achieved plenty more, including the stable's apparent number one hope Gisburn.
14(6)
1
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The Organiser

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J: David Egan
T: Joseph Tuite
2
127
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96
Unshipped his rider heading to post at York (6f, soft; 11-2) but he was the first one back and with a fair amount up his sleeve having travelled strongly before merely nudged clear inside the final furlong; holes can be picked in the form but not the performance.
9(8)
2
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Golden War

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J: Jamie Spencer
T: Charles Hills
2
127
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96
Finished well from well off the pace to beat all bar an Andrew Balding newcomer at Goodwood (6f, soft) and that was a promising start, without looking Royal Ascot-winning material; bred to stay a good bit further than this as well.
12(4)
41
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The Acropolis

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
2
127
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111
Like so many 2yos from this yard, he left his debut form behind when coming clear in the closing stages over a slightly longer trip than this at Listowel (yielding) to reverse placings decisively with the Curragh debut runner-up; trainer's chosen representative from four entries in his bid to win this for a tenth time; commands the utmost respect.
15(5)
1
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Tolstoy

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
2
127
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100
Kingman colt out of an unraced Frankel mare; made a winning debut at Yarmouth (6f, good to soft) despite market weakness, doing well to come home so strongly after racing freely; the bare form is nowhere near good enough for this level (placed horses beaten since) but it is easy to envisage him coming on enormously for that experience.
5(11)
1
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Dhabab

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J: Robert Havlin
T: John & Thady Gosden
2
127
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109
£200,000 breeze-up purchase and that looked money well spent when he readily emerged from midfield to forge clear at Leicester (6f, good to firm; 100-30 favourite); that form has yet to be tested but the time was respectable and he's evidently useful, at the least; a major market mover this week.
7(2)
2
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Eldrickjones

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: Roger Fell
2
127
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86
Went down by only a nose when backed into 9-4 favouritism at Thirsk (6f, good to firm) but it was a seller in which the winner followed up at York on Friday, so the form looks miles short of the standard demanded here.
17(3)
1
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Kaufymaker

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J: John R Velazquez
T: Wesley A Ward
2
124
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110
Justified favouritism on the dirt at Keeneland (4.5f; blinkered) two months ago and it was never in doubt, as she disputed the lead early before powering clear in the closing stages; this is a very different test (new trip/surface) and a rare date for fillies, but her trainer's record at this meeting with 2yos is impressive and he's been talking up her chances.

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Ebro River
There was a 150-1 shock in this 12 months ago but it usually pays to trust the market principals and 12 of the last 13 winners had won the time before. Although Kaufymaker commands the utmost respect when held in such high regard by Wesley Ward, it does go against the grain to side with a filly when the last successful one was in 1916. There should be a big effort in EBRO RIVER, who must be some talent to win in the manner he did at Sandown, and it will be intriguing to see what he might deliver if smothered up for longer in this bigger field. The Acropolis looked the part at Listowel and is Aidan O'Brien's chosen one of four entries in his bid for a tenth Coventry, while Gisburn and Masseto also need taking seriously.

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