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Coronation Stakes Predictions – GG Tipsters & Writers Give Their Verdict

The feature race on Day 4 of Royal Ascot is the Group 1 Coronation Stakes and our team of tipsters and writers have had their say on who is likely to come out on top on Friday afternoon. Check out their thoughts below, along with a new customer sign-up at Betfred, who are offering new customers a Bet £10 – Get £60 In Free Bets Bonus.


Daryl Carter

Inspiral looks the most likely winner here should she turn up on her A-game, but the market vibes are not good, and I am always wary when a John Gosden horse is weak at the head of affairs. She should be a 5/4 chance for this, given she has beaten most of the field, but the absence is a concern. TENEBRISM is worth another chance after her 1,000 Guineas flop when unable to get into a rhythm, and I am not convinced that track even saw her to the best of her ability when she won. She was extraordinary at Naas on debut over five furlongs when quickening up smartly. She has plenty to prove at this trip, but I can’t help but feel she has an underlining quality. It’s not often you see a horse quicken the way she does, and she has stamina built into the pedigree.

Andrew Mount

SANDRINE had some excellent juvenile form, winning a novice, Group 3 and Group 2 on her first three starts. She signed off with a three-length fourth in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, a huge effort given her poor low draw (first four drawn (first four, once adjusted for non-runners, drawn 10, 12, 2 and 11 of 12). She ran a storming race in the 1000 Guineas on her reappearance and first start beyond 6f, staying on into a 25-1 fifth of 13 and doing second best of those to come from off the pace in a race that massively favoured handy types. She was a little keen/fresh in the early stages that day but with the run under her belt and a decent gallop likely, she can reverse the form with the winner.


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Joe Napier

Inspiral would set the standard if having trained on to a similar level to her opposition. However, she has been conspicuous by her long absence and is surely worth taking on with the race-fit fillies. Cachet could prove to be a little one-dimensional given how she has made the pace in both the British and French 1000 Guineas’. It is impressive how well she has run in both, but perhaps Newmarket runner-up PROSPEROUS VOYAGE could reverse the form, with American filly Spendarella likely to go forward and challenge for the lead. Ralph Beckett’s daughter of Zoffany was flying late in the 1000 and should benefit sufficiently from a decent gallop here. She was drawn worse than Cachet too, while her runner-up effort behind Inspiral in the Fillies’ Mile was also solid form. Pizza Bianca, who swooped to a Breeders’ Cup success last November, beating Cachet, may also run a big race and should not be underestimated.

Jordan Arksey

Most eyes will be firmly fixed on Inspiral here, as John & Thady Gosden’s unbeaten Frankel filly returns following 252 days away from the track. Slow to come to hand this season, she was the leading juvenile filly last term and looked top-class when defeating subsequent 1000 Guineas 1-2 Cachet and Prosperous Voyage in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket last October.

The returning three-year-old has to be given the utmost respect on her seasonal reappearance, but the filly is a very skinny price and it could pay to take her on with Andrew Balding’s SANDRINE, following an encouraging performance in this season’s 1000 Guineas on her first start beyond six furlongs. Berthed in stall 13 on that occasion, she travelled powerfully towards the outside of the field under David Probert and despite connections having some stamina concerns beforehand, Andrew Balding’s filly saw the trip out well and was beaten just under three lengths at the line behind the race-fit Cachet. Connections landed this contest twelve months ago with a similar type in Alcohol Free and whilst she has form to turn around with a couple of these, she is open to plenty of improvement on just her second start over the distance and appears overpriced at around 14/1.

Joe Eccles

Inspiral was a well-above-average juvenile and if she’s retained 90% of her ability, she’ll probably win this. Her interrupted preparation is just a niggling doubt in the back of my mind; however, therefore I’m siding instead with DISCOVERIES. Jessica Harrington’s filly is bred for this very specific job with her half and full siblings winning this race in the last four years. She wasn’t at her best in the 1000 Guineas last time but there were potential excuses for that given her yard’s form at the time and it’s easy to forget that she’d landed a Group 1 on her start prior.


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Tom Aldridge

If John & Thady Gosden have got Inspiral fully fit for her return then she will take all the beating. However, that isn’t guaranteed and there’s plenty of value to be had in the race so I’ll be looking elsewhere. French raiders have a fantastic recent record in the race, having won three of the last seven renewals, and they look to have another excellent chance with MANGOUSTINE.

She finished third on her return to action in the Prix de la Grotte but came on for the run to win the French 1000 Guineas. That performance was impressive, battling gamely to see off Cachet in a thrilling finish. Gerard Mosse has already ridden a winner in the race, steering Immortal Verse to victory in 2011 and can land another winner here. The only doubt I have for her is whether the ground will be too fast for her, but I’m hopeful it won’t be enough of an issue to prevent her from winning.

Robert Plumbridge

It’s difficult to know what to make of Inspiral, on the one hand, we haven’t seen her for 200+ days, on the other she is the stand out here if she is near her best. On the basis that we can’t be sure, and Gosden’s horses aren’t exactly flying right now, it may pay to look elsewhere.
The US haven’t had their way so far, but I will take a chance that PIZZA BIANCA can bring them a coveted Royal winner. She won the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner and had Cachet back in fourth that day – she is double the price of the 1,000 Guineas winner and is rarely out of the frame. She will do for me at around 16/1.


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