When Is The Coronation Cup 2021?
The 2021 Coronation Cup will be at Epsom Racecourse on Oaks Day, which is Friday 4 June. It is the third race on a seven-race card that also features the Group 1 Cazoo Epsom Oaks, the third Classic of the English flat racing season.
Coronation Cup History
The Coronation Cup was first staged in 1902 as a celebration of the coronation of King Edwards VII. This Group 1 race is run over 1 mile 4 furlongs and 6 yards, the same distance as both of Epsom’s Classics, the Oaks and the Derby.
Coronation Cup Trends 2021
Favourites have a terrific record in the Coronation Cup, with eight of the last ten winning. Six of the last nine winners have been 5-year-olds, with the other three winners being aged four, six, and eight. The last ten winners had all had a prep run, with six of them winning those races. No filly or mare has won the Coronation Cup this century.
Aidan O’Brien has trained for of the last ten winners, two of which were ridden by Ryan Moore. Frankie Dettori is the only other jockey with a ride in this year’s Coronation Cup that has ridden a previous winner of the race.
Coronation Cup Runner-By-Runner Guide 2021
119-rated 4-year-old that is drawn in stall-one. Has won four of his last five starts over 12-furlongs and, though the form of those races is nothing spectacular, he’s won his last two races at Newbury in breathtaking fashion without coming off the bridle. It’s worrying that his one flop in his last five starts has come at Goodwood, which is a similar track to Epson, but his trainer William Haggas thinks his horse will enjoy the demands of this race. Drying ground not ideal but he could just be a much-improved animal this year.
109-rated 4-year-old that is drawn in stall-2 and sports a first-time tongue-tie. Made a big impression last year at Royal Ascot on soft ground but didn’t match that effort afterwards, including when finishing behind the re-opposing Pyledriver and Mogul. Needs to have improved for his 238-day absence to win.
120-rated 5-year-old that is drawn in stall-7. Finished third in the Derby as a 3-year-old and claimed Group 1 success afterwards before finishing fourth in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe. Had a poor season as a 4-year-old and, but bounced back to something like his best with a confidence-boosting win at Chester last time. Ryan Moore prefers him of the Aidan O’Brien duo.
119-rated 4-year-old that is drawn in stall-5. Finished sixth in last year’s Derby before finishing his season with Group 1 wins in France and Hong Kong. Been globetrotting again already this season, though not looked as impressive in Meydan or Saudi Arabia, and it might just be he’s a better horse in the Autumn. Looks to be Aidan O’Brien’s second-string on jockey bookings.
117-rated 4-year-old that is drawn in stall-3. Dual Group 2 winner last season and finished a decent third in the St Leger. Flopped on his final start last season but warmed up nicely for this race when runner-up on his seasonal debut. The big worry is he ran poorly when only 11th in last year’s Derby and he may not like the idiosyncratic track at Epsom.
113-rated 4-year-old filly that is drawn in stall-6. Useful as a 3-year-old without looking anything special but blew the opposition away on her seasonal debut. That was on soft ground, but she beat the third horse that day by 10-lengths further than Al Aasy had done on her seasonal debut. 3lb allowance means she’s got only 3lb to find with the highest-rated horse and Frankie Dettori is an interesting first-time jockey booking after landing a gamble for the Ralph Beckett stable last weekend.
113-rated 4-year-old filly that runs in the same colours as Albaflora but for the Sir Mark Prescott stable. Had better form than her owner’s other runner as a 3-year-old and won on her seasonal debut. Her stable is in better form now and she must have a decent chance, with the drying ground no problem.
Who Will Win The Coronation Cup 2021?
Highland Chief looks the least likely winner of the 2021 Coronation Cup, as he has plenty to find on official ratings. The two fillies, Albaflora and Alpinista can’t be ruled out on ratings or form, but this is a race that is traditionally dominated by colts or geldings. Pyledriver’s poor showing in last year’s Derby also makes the 4-year-old difficult to fancy back at Epsom.
Al Aasy has looked special on his first two starts this season and remains in the could be anything category. A win for the William Haggas-trained horse would come as no surprise, given the excellent records of favourites in the Coronation Cup, but the course and quicker ground may not play ideally to the improving 4-year-old’s strengths.
Mogul also ran one of his poorer races in the Derby last year and, as the 4-year-old looked at his best in the Autumn last season, it looks significant that Ryan Moore rides the other Aidan O’Brien-trained runner.
Japan looks the Aidan O’Brien first-string with Ryan Moore in the saddle and he also boasts the best Epsom form having finished third in the 2019 Derby. Looked back to something like his best on his last run and, as the top-rated horse in the field, the 5-year-old ticks a lot of boxes. Available at around 10/3 at the time of writing, Japan looks better value than the odds-on favourite.
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