Coventry Stakes

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Coventry Stakes
Group 2 race
Chief Singer.jpg
Chief Singer, painted by Bob Demuyser
oil on canvas
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated 1890
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 6f (1,207 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight 9 st 1 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies
Purse £150,000 (2016)
1st: £85,065
Coventry Stakes
2016
Dark blue Silver, gold braid, maroon cap, gold tassel White, large royal blue spots and sleeves, striped cap
Caravaggio Mehmas Psychedelic Funk

The Coventry Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-old horses. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

The event was established in 1890, and it was named after the 9th Earl of Coventry, who served as the Master of the Buckhounds at that time.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and for a period the Coventry Stakes was classed at Group 3 level. It was promoted to Group 2 status in 2004. It is usually contested on the opening day of the Royal Ascot meeting.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (9 wins):

  • Sir Gordon RichardsManitoba (1932), Medieval Knight (1933), Hairan (1934), Nasrullah (1942), Khaled (1945), Tudor Minstrel (1946), The Cobbler (1947), Palestine (1949), King's Bench (1951)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • Aidan O'Brien - Harbour Master (1997), Fasliyev (1999), Landseer (2001), Statue of Liberty (2002), Henrythenavigator (2007), Power (2011), War Command (2013), Caravaggio (2016)

Winners since 1970[edit]

Year Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Time
1970 Mill Reef Geoff Lewis Ian Balding
1971 Sun Prince Joe Mercer Dick Hern
1972 Perdu Jimmy Lindley T Corbett
1973 Doleswood Frankie Durr Reg Akehurst
1974 Whip It Quick Geoff Lewis Bill Marshall
1975 Galway Bay Lester Piggott Ian Balding
1976 Cawston's Clown Taffy Thomas Neil Adam
1977 Solinus Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien
1978 Lake City Brian Taylor H. Ryan Price
1979 Varingo Brian Taylor H. Ryan Price
1980 Recitation Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1:18.20
1981 Red Sunset Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1:16.30
1982 Horage Pat Eddery Matt McCormack 1:15.50
1983 Chief Singer Ray Cochrane Ron Sheather 1:16.00
1984 Primo Dominie John Reid Brian Swift 1:15.36
1985 Sure Blade Brent Thomson Barry Hills 1:14.83
1986 Cutting Blade Cash Asmussen Lester Piggott 1:17.14
1987 Always Fair Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:17.49
1988 High Estate Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:13.80
1989 Rock City Willie Carson Richard Hannon, Sr. 1:15.02
1990 Mac's Imp Alan Munro Bill O'Gorman 1:15.69
1991 Dilum Alan Munro Paul Cole 1:15.99
1992 Petardia Walter Swinburn Geoff Wragg 1:13.95
1993 Stonehatch John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam 1:18.15
1994 Sri Pekan Richard Quinn Paul Cole 1:15.24
1995 Royal Applause Walter Swinburn Barry Hills 1:15.26
1996 Verglas Willie Supple Kevin Prendergast 1:14.34
1997 Harbour Master Christy Roche Aidan O'Brien 1:14.45
1998 Red Sea Richard Quinn Paul Cole 1:17.58
1999 Fasliyev Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:14.59
2000 Cd Europe Steve Drowne Mick Channon 1:16.97
2001 Landseer Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien 1:15.62
2002 Statue of Liberty Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:15.73
2003 Three Valleys Richard Hughes Roger Charlton 1:13.62
2004 Iceman Kieren Fallon John Gosden 1:14.83
2005 Red Clubs [a] Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:10.91
2006 Hellvelyn Ted Durcan Bryan Smart 1:14.51
2007 Henrythenavigator Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:12.46
2008 Art Connoisseur Jamie Spencer Michael Bell 1:13.59
2009 Canford Cliffs Richard Hughes Richard Hannon, Sr. 1:13.64
2010 Strong Suit Richard Hughes Richard Hannon, Sr. 1:14.29
2011 Power Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 1:13.55
2012 Dawn Approach Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 1:13.64
2013 War Command Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 1:12.86
2014 The Wow Signal Frankie Dettori John Quinn 1:12.99
2015 Buratino William Buick Mark Johnston 1:13.11
2016 Caravaggio Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 1:16.36

a The 2005 running took place at York.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1890: The Deemster
  • 1891: Danure
  • 1892: Milford
  • 1893: Ladas
  • 1894: Whiston
  • 1895: Persimmon
  • 1896: Goletta
  • 1897: Orzil
  • 1898: Desmond
  • 1899: Democrat
  • 1900: Good Morning
  • 1901: Sterling Balm
  • 1902: Rock Sand
  • 1903: St Amant
  • 1904: Cicero
  • 1905: Black Arrow
  • 1906: Traquair
  • 1907: Prospector
  • 1908: Louviers
  • 1909: Admiral Hawke
  • 1910: Radiancy
  • 1911: Lady Americus
  • 1912: Shogun
  • 1913: The Tetrarch
  • 1914: Lady Josephine
  • 1915: Marcus
  • 1916: Diadem
  • 1917: Benevente
  • 1918: Bruff Bridge
  • 1919: Sarchedon
  • 1920: Milesius
  • 1921: Pondoland
  • 1922: Drake
  • 1923: Knight of the Garter
  • 1924: Iceberg
  • 1925: Colorado
  • 1926: Knight of the Grail
  • 1927: Fairway
  • 1928: Reflector
  • 1929: Diolite
  • 1930: Lemnarchus
  • 1931: Cockpen
  • 1932: Manitoba
  • 1933: Medieval Knight
  • 1934: Hairan
  • 1935: Black Speck
  • 1936: Early School
  • 1937: Mirza II
  • 1938: Panorama
  • 1939: Turkhan
  • 1940: no race
  • 1941: Big Game
  • 1942: Nasrullah
  • 1943: Orestes
  • 1944: Dante
  • 1945: Khaled
  • 1946: Tudor Minstrel
  • 1947: The Cobbler
  • 1948: Royal Forest
  • 1949: Palestine
  • 1950: Big Dipper
  • 1951: King's Bench
  • 1952: Whistler
  • 1953: The Pie King
  • 1954: Noble Chieftain
  • 1955: Ratification
  • 1956: Messmate
  • 1957: Amerigo
  • 1958: Hieroglyph
  • 1959: Martial
  • 1960: Typhoon
  • 1961: Xerxes
  • 1962: Crocket
  • 1963: Showdown
  • 1964: Silly Season
  • 1965: Young Emperor
  • 1966: Bold Lad
  • 1967: Mark Royal
  • 1968: Murrayfield
  • 1969: Prince Tenderfoot

* The race was run at Newmarket during the wartime periods of 1915–18 and 1941–44.

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