Coral Marathon 2019 Horse Racing Preview & Tip

The Coral Marathon (Saturday 6 July) is a Listed Race run at Sandown Racecourse over 2 miles and 50 yards. Horses aged four and older are eligible to run in it and notable winners have included Persian Punch and Cavalryman.

Coral Marathon 10-Year-Trends

  • Winners have been as young as four and as old as eight
  • All 10 winners had run between 14 and 66 days prior to their success
  • SPs of the winners ranged from 6/4 to 8/1
  • Hughie Morrison has trained the last two winners
  • Frankie Dettori and James Doyle have both ridden two of the last 10 winners
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Coral Marathon 2019 Main Contenders

Falcon Eight

This race has yet to be won by an Irish trainer, but the odds about this Dermot Weld-trained four-year-old winning have steadily contracted since the ante-post market was formed. It’s easy to see why, as the form of his second to Twilight Payment in a Listed Race was boosted when the winner won the Group 2 Curragh Cup. Weld has also booked Frankie Dettori to ride, and the Italian is riding brilliantly at the moment.

Mekong

Looked a horse that could make up into a decent stayer when second to Dee Ex Bee over course and distance on his seasonal debut, but he has since finished last of seven runners at York in a race in which he was a well-backed favourite. He could just have had an off day, but the horse who finished just behind him at Sandown that day was also a well-beaten fourth at York.

Raheen House

Ran second in the race in which Mekong finished last at York, and he was well-clear of the third. That was his first run for trainer William Haggas, so it’s possible that he could improve again here. The negative is he looked a non-stayer one his one previous try at two-miles and he again looked to be running out of petrol at the end of the 14-furlongs at York.

Jackfinbar

Hasn’t raced for over 300-days but he looked a rapidly improving horse on his last two starts of 2018. He beat Ghostwatch on his penultimate start, which gives him the beating of Mekong, and he then beat a horse called Ziyad in a Group 3 by two-lengths, and he was just touched off in a Group 1 on his last run. The worries are his stable is having a lean spell and he has been well-beaten on both his seasonal debuts. However, jockey Jim Crowley has won both his previous rides on him and is booked to ride.

Cleonte

Won at Royal Ascot over 21½ furlongs but is held on a variety of form-lines on his runs at this shorter trip.

Coral Marathon 2019 Summary

It’s hard to forgive Mekong his last run, and he’s also held by a few rivals on collateral form. Meanwhile, Cleonte wants further, whilst there are stamina doubts about Raheen House. Falcon Eight is a worthy favourite, but it could be worth chancing the potential of Jackfinbar over today’s trip. The form of his last two runs is up there with the best of these and he looks a horse worth following for the rest of the season.

Coral Marathon 2019 Betting Tip

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