Coronation Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 4.20 at Ascot, 22nd June 2018
One of the highlights of the fourth day of Ascot’s Royal Meeting is the Coronation Stakes. Here we take a look at the best odds and offers available for one of the season’s top fillies contests and provide our betting tips for the race.
This one mile, Group 1 contest has been run at Ascot since 1840. One of the premier events of the season for three year old fillies, it now offers £400,000 in total prize money and is always a classy affair.
Coronation Stakes Betting Tips 2018
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Clemmie to win at 7/2 with Ladbrokes
- Billesdon Brook each way at 5/1 with BetVictor
Betting Offers and Enhanced Odds
Coronation Stakes 2018 Preview and Betting Tips
Friday is one of only two days at Royal Ascot in which there are two Group 1 contests to enjoy. The most established of those top class races is the Coronation Stakes, a mile long contest for three-year-old fillies. Winter’s win 12 months ago saw her complete the prestigious treble alongside both the British and Irish 1000 Guineas. The treble is not on this year but the winners of both the British and Irish Guineas are in the field which gives you an idea of just how high class a renewal we have on our hands.
Clemmie to Improve from Curragh Performance
Aidan O’Brien’s Clemmie spent a long time towards the top of the ante post markets for the 1000 Guineas. Unfortunately, injury robbed her of the chance to compete at Newmarket but O’Brien remained stoic. He knows there are many more opportunities to win big prizes and the Coronation Stakes has been a long term aim.
Clemmie won a number of fans as a two-year-old when she won the final three of her five juvenile performances. The last of those wins came in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes and it is that form that so excited racing fans.
Alpha Centauri was an impressive enough winner of the Irish 1000 Guineas (even if she did drift a little when under pressure late on) and she represents the obvious danger to the favourite. Remember though that O’Brien horses tend to come on significantly from their first appearance of the season to the second so Clemmie’s assignment at the Curragh was more about getting a run than anything.
If Clemmie does improve and get back to the levels she showed last year she could make the 7/2 that Ladbrokes are quoting about her chances look very big indeed.
Billesdon Brook Capable of Doing the Double
The treble may not be on in the Coronation Stakes but Billesdon Brook’s trainer, Richard Hannon is very much targeting a double. His filly did not have an entry for either the Irish Guineas or the Coronation Stakes when she claimed a shock 66/1 win in the 1000 British Guineas.
She may have been supplemented for her Royal Ascot outing but Billesdon Brook proved at Newmarket that she is not a horse to be underestimated. She absolutely loved the quick ground she got at Newmarket so should equally enjoy the going at Ascot which is only going to get firmer from good to firm if anything. Her turn of pace is up there with any of the competition so an each way bet is most certainly in order at 5/1 with BetVictor.
Don’t Look Too Far Down the Betting
Qemah went off at 6/1 when winning the Coronation Stakes in 2016. That’s the biggest odds of any winner in the last five years as the bookies tend to have a good handle on this race. With three quality horses towards the top of the betting it’s going to be tough for any of those lower down to pull off a shock.
Previous Race Winners
- 2017 – Winter – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2016 – Qemah – jockey Gregory Benoistn, trainer Jean-Claude Rouget
- 2015 – Ervedya – jockey Christophe Soumillon, trainer Jean-Claude Rouget
- 2014 – Rizeena – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Clive Brittain
- 2013 – Sky Lantern – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Sr.
- 2012 – Fallen For You – jockey William Buick, trainer John Gosdden
- 2011 – Immortal Verse – jockey Gérald Mossé, trainer Robert Collet
- 2010 – Lillie Langtry – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2009 – Ghanaati – jockey Richard Hills, trainer Barry Hills
- 2008 – Lush Lashes – jockey Kevin Manning, trainer Jim Bolger
- 2007 – Indian Ink – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Sr.
- 2006 – Nannina – jockey Jimmy Fortune, trainer John Gosden
Coronation Stakes History
One of Britain’s finest monarchs, Queen Victoria took her seat on the throne in 1838. Two years later, in 1840, this race was first run to honour her coronation. The contest has always been a high class affair and having initially been granted Group 2 status when races first began to be classified in the modern way in 1971, the race was then raised to Group 1 level in 1988 where it has remained ever since.
Being a valuable one mile contest restricted to three year old fillies, it should come as no surprise that this race is a regular port of call for those runners to have fared well in the English, Irish and French 1000 Guineas.
It was the English 1000 Guineas winner of 1867 who provided one of the most notable winners in the early years. Following a spectacular 11 win juvenile campaign, Achievement followed up her Guineas success by taking both this race and the St.Leger.
1874 heroine Apology is also worth a mention. We don’t get many racehorses owned by a Reverend these days but we did back then, and this one, owned by the Reverend John William King, won not just this race, but also the fillies’ triple crown of that year.
One of the race’s truly brilliant winners came soon after the turn of the century. Pretty Polly won 22 of her 24 career starts and finished second on the two occasions she was beaten. Her catalogue of wins included the triple-crown, two Coronation Cups, a Champion Stakes and this race.
The elevation of the race to Group 1 status in 1988 was soon followed by a string of top class winners, including Champion Three Year Old Filly award winners Kooyonga and Ridgewood Pearl.
The 21st century has seen no let-up in the quality of performer to prove successful her. Russian Rhythm, Attraction, Ghanaati and Sky Lantern all rubber stamped their 1000 Guineas triumphs by following up in this race.
23 time Classic winning trainer John Porter is the man who leads the way amongst the trainers here with six wins between 1883 and 1898.
Nat Flatman set an early benchmark amongst the jockeys with five wins between the years of 1844 and 1851. Morny Cannon had a good go at topping that mark in landing five victories of his own between 1892 and 1898 but couldn’t manage a sixth. Over a century later it is still Flatman and Cannon who sit atop the all-time jockeys table.
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