The Coronation Stakes is run as the fourth race on Day Four of Royal Ascot. A thrilling race for three-year-old fillies, it showcases some of the best young horses on the horse racing scene.
It is a sprint run over a distance of 1,609 metres (or one mile) on a right-handed course at Ascot. Weight is 9st and the total prize purse in 2015 reached £275,000, with winning team Ervedya ridden by Christophe Soumillon and trained by Jean-Claude Rouget taking home £212,663.
The history of the Coronation Stakes
This Grade One event was initially introduced to the meeting in 1840 in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s coronation which took place in 1838.
It was given Group One status in 1988, having been a Group Two race since the introduction of the current grading system in 1971.
Flatman rode to victory here in 1844, 1845, 1848, 1849 and 1851 aboard The Princess, Stitch, Distaffina, Lady Evelyn and Barcelona respectively.
Cannon came in first position in the three consecutive years from 1892–1894 on Lady Hermit, Silene and then Throstle and again in 1896 and 1898 on Helm and Lowood.
The leading trainer with six wins also dates back to the 19th century, when John Porter entered winning horses in 1883, 1884, 1891, 1894, 1896 and 1898: Lovely, Sandiway, Cereza, Throstle, Helm and Lowood.
The leading owner to date is Waldorf Astor with seven winning entrants from the early years of the 20th century. In 1910, 1922, 1925, 1927, 1931, 1933 and 1936, the 2nd Viscount Astor was responsible for winning horses Winkipop, Pogrom, Saucy Sue, Book Law, Sunny Devon, Betty and Traffic Light.
The Coronation Stakes attracts a high class of filly with its Group One status and is often a race in which favourites perform well. 12 of the past 18 winners were priced as either first or second favourite, making this an easy betting choice for spectators.