Coronation Cup 2019 Horse Racing Preview & Tip

Horse Racing start headerThe Coronation Cup (Friday 31 May) is a Group 1 race run at Epsom Racecourse on the opening day of the Investec Derby Festival. It takes place over the same course and distance of The Oaks and The Derby which is 1 mile 4 furlongs and 6 yards.

It was established in 1902 and is open to horses aged four and older. Notable winners have included past greats like Mill Reef and Roberto, whilst more recently Sir Nicholas Abbey won it three times in succession between 2011 and 2013.

Coronation Stakes 10-Year-Trends

  • The last 10 winners had all run between 13 and 70 days prior to winning
  • The last 10 winners have comprised four 5-year-olds, three 4-year-olds, two 6-year-olds, and one 8-year-old
  • Eight of the last 10 winners were returned 9/4 or lower
  • Seven winners had won their previous race
  • Aidan O’Brien has trained five of the last 10 winners
  • Ryan Moore has ridden three of the last 10 winners
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Coronation Stakes Main Contenders 2019

Kew Gardens

Last year’s St Leger winner sets the standard on his best form, having also won a Group 1 over a similar trip in France last year. He was not at his best on his seasonal debut at Chester, when asked to give 7lb to some useful rivals on ground that was softer than he prefers. He should take a step forward for that prep run and his trainer Aidan O’Brien knows how to prime one for this race. However, he didn’t run well in last year’s Derby and has to prove he handles Epsom’s unique layout.

Old Persian

It’s been a while since the Godolphin silks were carried to victory in this race but Old Persian is an interesting rival to Kew Gardens, especially since he beat him over a similar trip at York last season when in receipt of 2lb. He finished well behind that rival when not seeming to stay in the St Leger but has been in decent form already this season with two wins over this trip in Meydan.

Lah Ti Dar

Didn’t have her first race until April 2018 and she was having just her fourth start when runner-up in the St Leger. She was outstayed in the closing stages that day and again on soft ground over this trip on her next start, and she looked a little rusty when just hanging on against an inferior rival over 10 furlongs at York on her seasonal reappearance. She should improve again, with 12 furlongs on decent ground looking her optimum conditions.

Salouen

Flattered to finish as close to Cracksman as he did in the 2018 edition of this race but at least proved his well-being by winning his seasonal reappearance when the ground came in his favour against his main market rival.

Coronation Cup 2019 Summary & Betting Tip

Kew Gardens, Old Persian, and Lah Ti Dar are closely matched on form but, if Kew Gardens is at his best, he will be very hard to beat. He does have to prove he can handle Epsom, but the race’s leading trainer Aidan O’Brien has had the race earmarked for a while for him, so must be confident he will.

Coronations Cup 2019 Tip: Kew Gardens

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