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Coventry Stakes

15:05 Royal Ascot

2022-06-14

Winner: £88800

Runners: 17

Going:Good To Firm

No. of hurdles:

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 20th June, which is the first day of Royal Ascot 2023. View the runners here, and also make sure to check out the odds and tips on offer for this race.

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9(5)
1
silk
Paddy's Day

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J: Kieran Shoemark
T: Charles Hills
2
9-3
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98
No knocking a winning start but he beat only five others at Windsor (6f, good to firm; 7-1) and that didn't smack of Royal Ascot-winning material.
10(12)
11
silk
Persian Force

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J: Rossa Ryan
T: Richard Hannon
2
9-3
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112
It was a deep Brocklesby field that he took apart at Doncaster back in late March (5f, good to soft) and he fulfilled that promise in no uncertain terms when brushing aside previous winner Holguin at Newbury (6f, good) a month ago; his strong connections have been eulogising about him for a while now and he looks top class.
5(7)
12
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Holguin

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J: David Probert
T: Andrew Balding
2
9-3
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104
Beat a decent yardstick on Newbury debut (5f, good) in the same race that stablemate Berkshire Shadow won en route to winning this 12 months ago; however, had no answer when Persian Force breezed past him back at Newbury a month ago and there's no obvious reason why he should reverse those placings.
17(15)
15
silk
Waiting All Night

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J: James Doyle
T: Richard Spencer
2
9-3
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91
From the first crop of the owner's Coventry winner Rajasinghe; kept to 5f so far, making a winning debut at Wolverhampton but outpaced throughout in Sandown's Listed National Stakes; stepping up a furlong can help but he's shown nothing like enough to believe he'll feature in this.
12(11)
311
silk
Rousing Encore

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J: Oisin Orr
T: Richard Fahey
2
9-3
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106
A clearcut winner of his last two races, comfortably defying a penalty from the front at Pontefract (6f, good to firm); the second that day had impressed in beating a smart horse on her debut, so it wouldn't be any great surprise should this one outrun his odds, as did his stablemate Vintage Clarets who brought a similar profile when third 12 months ago.
6(6)
2321
silk
King's Crown

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J: Barry McHugh
T: Adrian Nicholls
2
9-3
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90
It took him four races to shed his maiden status and that's not the profile of a Coventry winner; did beat 18 rivals at Thirsk (6f, good) so he'll win again, but he's out of his depth against the best of these.
2(14)
111
silk
Blackbeard

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
2
9-3
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118
Quick enough to win his first two races over 5f (including a Listed event) but he was even more impressive on the step up to 6f when dominating the Group 3 Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh (good to yielding); an uncomplicated colt with the benefit of three runs behind him and his trainer has won this nine times; commands the utmost respect.
1(10)
21
silk
Age Of Kings

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: A P O'Brien
2
9-3
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113
Inexperience cost him at Naas but he knew more at the Curragh (6f, good) and breezed home by 4l after not seeing another rival; clearly talented, but expectations seem higher for his stablemate Blackbeard.
8(17)
41
silk
Late September

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J: Colin Keane
T: George R Arnold II
2
9-3
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96
Responded well for pressure to lead close home over 4.5f at Keeneland (fast dirt) late last month; neither of the two who gave chase has franked that form and there are clearly questions to answer as regards this longer trip and the different surface.
13(1)
41
silk
Royal Scotsman

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J: Jim Crowley
T: Paul & Oliver Cole
2
9-3
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107
The form of his debut fourth here has worked out exceptionally well and this son of Gleneagles then really impressed in how he went about his business at Goodwood (6f, good to soft; won by 5l); his stable won this three times in the 1990s, so they know what's needed; although stall 1 is not ideal, The Wow Signal defied the same gate eight years ago.
14(16)
1
silk
Scholarship

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J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
2
9-3
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98
Wins nothing today on the bare form of his Haydock success (6f, good to soft; beat Lakota Blue) but, for a talented newcomer from this yard, he was noticeably weak in the market and yet the win was never in doubt once he saw daylight; has plenty to find on the figures (Topspeed/RPR) but it is easy to envisage this good-looking colt coming on enormously for that initial experience; not discounted.
11(3)
11
silk
Remarkable Force

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J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Alice Haynes
2
9-3
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106
£140,000 2yo with a sprinting pedigree; the winner of two small-field good-ground 5f events at Salisbury and Musselburgh, prevailing narrowly in both; faces a very different calibre of opposition this time and it's unlikely that Rossa Ryan (retained rider for the owners) will have had to think twice before committing to Persian Force.
7(9)
82
silk
Lakota Blue

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J: Faye McManoman
T: Nigel Tinkler
2
9-3
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90
It was a good effort at Haydock (6f, good to soft) but without ever posing a real threat to Scholarship, who made his challenge well away from him; unlikely to be gaining revenge on the winner and there are loads more to worry about.
4(8)
1
silk
Harry Time

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J: Leigh Roche
T: M D O'Callaghan
2
9-3
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96
82,000gns breeze-up buy and bred to be quick, with his sire a July Cup winner and dam a 5f Listed winner; lots to like about his winning debut over slightly shorter at Navan (good), where he was well on top in the closing stages after challenging widest of all; mixed messages as to the merit of that form but he's respected; sold for £300,000 on Monday.
15(13)
41
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Show Respect

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J: Sean Levey
T: Brian Meehan
2
9-3
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104
Stable's 2yos are renowned for improving with experience and, after finishing well behind Royal Scotsman at Goodwood, he duly romped home at Leicester (6f, good to soft); however, he'll need a further jolt of improvement to play ball with the best of these.
3(2)
1
silk
Bradsell

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: Archie Watson
2
9-3
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111
Changed hands for £47,000 at the breeze-ups and that looks a steal after his explosive winning debut at York (6f, good to soft); he won by 9l and it could easily have been more, registering an eyecatching Topspeed figure in the process; can't be ruled out.
16(4)
81
silk
Ti Sento

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J: Ronan Whelan
T: Adrian McGuinness
2
9-3
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99
After a heavy debut defeat he looked like a different horse at Listowel (6.5f, yielding; 100-1), where he was always close to the pace and won easily by 3l; purchased since by Qatar Racing; can probably win more races but it's doubtful whether this will be one of them.

Verdict

Richard Hannon has compared PERSIAN FORCE with the stable's 2009 winner Canford Cliffs and he can maintain his unbeaten record.

Past 10 Winners

Year Horse [Draw] Age Weight SP Trainer Jockey
2021 Berkshire Shadow [17] 2 9-1 11/1 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy
2020 Nando Parrado [6] 2 9-1 150/1 Clive Cox Adam Kirby
2019 Arizona [3] 2 9-1 15/8F A P O’Brien Ryan Moore
2018 Calyx [22] 2 9-1 2/1F John Gosden Frankie Dettori
2017 Rajasinghe [9] 2 9-1 11/1 Richard Spencer Stevie Donohoe
2016 Caravaggio [13] 2 9-1 13/8F A P O’Brien Ryan Moore
2015 Buratino [10] 2 9-1 6/1 Mark Johnston William Buick
2014 The Wow Signal [1] 2 9-1 5/1J John Quinn Frankie Dettori
2013 War Command [15] 2 9-1 20/1 A P O’Brien
2012 Dawn Approach [13] 2 9-1 7/2 J S Bolger Kevin Manning

Key race stats

  • Won last time out, 9/10
  • No more than three starts, 9/10
  • Won a previous start by at least two lengths, 7/10
  • Rated within 4lb of RPR top rated, 6/10 (exceptions 12lb to 22lb off top)
  • Adjusted RPR of at least 110, 6/10
  • Distance winner, 6/10
  • By a sire with a stamina index between 7.1f and 9.9f, 6/10
Other factors
  • Seven winners were undefeated. Buratino, who won in 2015, had been beaten twice over 5f but was undefeated over 6f.
  • The market had usually been a strong indicator but four winners since 2013 were priced in at least double figures.

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