The Royal Ascot: The Coronation Stakes

The Royal Ascot: The Coronation Stakes

By 10/03/2016 Horseracing, Royal Ascot

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.

Key information

The Commonwealth Stakes is open to three-year-old fillies, with many of the runners having previously been seen in the 1,000 Guineas, the Irish 1,000 Guineas or the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches.

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.

Race records

In the long history of the Coronation Stakes no jockey has been able to beat the joint record of five wins apiece set by Nat Flatman and Morny Cannon in the late 19th century.

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.