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Royal Ascot 2021 – Coventry Stakes Ante-Post Preview: Andrew Mount’s Expert Analysis & Selection

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Royal Ascot is now just around the corner, and in anticipation of one of the highlights of the racing calendar, top tipster Andrew Mount is providing us with his in-depth preview of all of the main Royal Ascot races. Today, Andrew casts his eye over the Coventry Stakes, giving his thoughts on the race’s main protagonists and his idea of the most likely winner. Check out his thoughts below, which come alongside an exclusive SBK royal ascot offer, that provides new customers with a £20 risk-free bet.

Coventry Stakes (6f, Tuesday, June 15, 3.05pm)

CASTLE STAR 7/1 travelled like a dream on the way to a two-length win in the Group 3 Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh on May 22 and could be called the winner some way out. However, he did race on the quickest part of the track (i.e well away from the stands’ side rail) and he might have been a shade flattered. Ascot will suit his running style but he makes limited appeal at the current odds (7/1 best at the time of writing).

CADAMOSTO 9/1 must be close to the world record for the number of time one horse has been declared a non-runner, with the score moving to six after he was pulled out of the Curragh on ay 22 with a temperature. He bolted up on his debut in a 5f Dundalk maiden but is hugely risky as an ante-post proposition.

GISBURN 10/1 appreciated the step up to this 6f trip when justifying strong support in impressive fashion at Newbury on his second start. The winning margin was six and a half lengths, though all-the-way Newbury winners are often flattered and plenty of his rivals needed the experience.


CODIFY could only finish third to Gisburn on his debut (beaten by just under eight lengths) but Clive Cox has a terrible strike-rate with his newcomers at Newbury, one of his local tracks, and those that run well in defeat (e.g. Kodi Bear) often prove to be top class. His dam has a seven from 21 record with her juveniles (+£13.80) and Cox had the 150-1 winner of this race last year, who was also having his second career outing after tasting defeat on debut.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained GLOUNTHAUNE 16/1 showed good early speed and kept on gamely to deny Castle Star by a neck at the Curragh on his debut in April.

CELTIC TIMES 50/1 clocked an excellent speed figure according to Raceform when making all in a 7f Leopardstown maiden on his third start and wasn’t helped by his stands’ side draw when fourth to Castle Star at the Curragh next time. He remains of interest.


MASSETO 14/1 beat Celtic Times over 5.5f at Navan on his debut before finding Castle Star two lengths too good when favourite to beat that one at the Curragh. He met trouble and dropped back to last place before staying on again, whereas the winner got clear daylight on the outside. Ascot should suit and he enters calculations.

MOONY BEAMS ran Celtic Times to a neck when 9-4 joint-favourite for a 7f Leopardstown maiden, the pair pulling miles clear of the third in a quick time. He’ll have little difficulty going one better soon.

Conclusion: low stalls enjoyed a huge edge last year when the first three home were drawn 5, 4 and 3 of 15 (150-1, 3-1 and 25-1), so this is obviously a difficult race to be confident about at the ante-post stage. This usually goes to a last-time-out winner but Clive Cox’s Nando Parrado had finished fifth on his sole start before causing a huge shock in this race last year and his Codify, third at Newbury on his debut, could go well. Castle Star and Cadamosto have obvious claims, though Jim Bolger’s CELTIC TIMES had excuses on account of the draw when fourth at the Curragh last time and gets a tentative vote. Masseto is also respected.


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