2017 Epsom Coronation Cup Ante-Post Betting Preview

We already have a live ante-post betting market, for this year’s G1 Coronation Cup (Friday 2nd June, Epsom). Let’s take a look at some of the fancied potential runners…

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Postponed (IRE)

Age: 6 (Foaled April 4th, 2011)

Sex: Bay Horse

Breeding: Dubawi (IRE) – Ever Rigg (Dubai Destination (USA))

Trainer: R Varian

Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Roger Varian’s inmate, winner of last season’s renewal, was untouchable in 2016. He was also victorious in the Dubai City of Gold, the Dubai Sheema Classic and the International Stakes. A brace of Meydan defeats, at the start of this year, have left the 6-year-old looking vulnerable though.

Jack Hobbs

Age: 5 (Foaled March 2nd, 2012)

Sex: Brown Horse

Breeding: Halling (USA) – Swain’s Gold (USA) (Swain (IRE))

Trainer: J H M Gosden

Owner: Godolphin & Partners

He’s only raced twice, since pulling-up at Headquarters in last year’s Jockey Club Stakes. Jack Hobbs certainly looked rusty, when finishing 3rd in the Champion Stakes, but reminded us all of his class when comfortably winning the Dubai Sheema Classic. The Halling-sired thoroughbred finished 4 lengths ahead of 4th-placed Postponed and looks to be back on an upward curve.

US Army Ranger (IRE)

Age: 4 (Foaled February 28th, 2013)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Galileo (IRE) – Moonstone (Dalakhani (IRE))

Trainer: A P O’Brien

Owner: Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

No doubting his ability, but he hasn’t managed to win any of his last 5 races. Weakened badly, in the closing-stages of the Champion Stakes and flopped when an evens-favourite in the Alleged Stakes at Naas last month. Becoming expensive to back and will need to run the race of his life to win here.

History Of The Coronation Cup

This race was first held in 1902 and it is a 1.5 mile left-handed turf event for horses aged at least 4 years. The Coronation Cup is a conditions race and all runners carry 9 stones in weight, although there is a 3 pounds allowance for fillies and mares.

The purse is close to £400,000, meaning the race always features many of the best thoroughbreds in Europe. The Coronation Cup was introduced to celebrate King Edward VII coming to the throne. It has been a permanent fixture since then, although the race has moved to both Newmarket and Newbury for short periods (during the war).

St Nicholas Abbey

St Nicholas Abbey scored a hat-trick of Coronation Cup wins between 2011 and 2013. This Irish bay stallion was trained by Aidan O’Brien and owned by Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier.

He was also a winner of the Beresford Stakes (2009), the Racing Post Trophy (2009), the Ormonde Stakes (2011), the Breeders’ Cup Turf (2011) and the Dubai Sheema Classic (2013). A colon issue led to the horse being put down in 2014, by which time he had earned almost £5,000,000 in prize-money.

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