Coventry Stakes
Group 2, Ascot 15:05
£150,000 added,
2yo only,
6f, Class 1    
Tuesday 19th June 2018


1 Calyx 2/1F
2 Advertise 10/1
3 Sergei Prokofiev 3/1
4 Vange 25/1
23 ran NR: Fox Champion Distances: 1l, nk, 1l
Time: 1m 13.51s (slow by 1.11s)

CALYX wins the Coventry Stakes!

© Caroline Norris
Gustav Klimt
Newmarket trainer John Gosden registered his 44th winner at the Royal Meeting after Calyx justified the hype and 2/1 favouritism to provide his sire Kingman, also trained by Gosden, with a first Group success in the G2 Coventry Stakes.
Ridden by Frankie Dettori, recording his 57th triumph at Royal Ascot, the two-year-old took up the lead in isolation towards the stands' side rail and kept on well in the closing stages of the six-furlong contest to score by a length from the fast-finishing Advertise (10/1), trained by Martyn Meade, in second.
Gosden was effusive in his praise of Calyx following the race, describing the colt as "a horse that makes you get up in the morning." Calyx made his debut just 10 days ago when making a winning debut at Newmarket by five lengths under Robert Havlin.
Gosden said: "Calyx is very talented. His father was exceptionally talented and Calyx has all of those attributes. I think the high draw might not be the best draw. In the Queen Anne, low numbers were first, second and third. The high draw was a disadvantage and I couldn't believe that Calyx hung on like he did. It was a tough ordeal for him to race on his own on just his second start. If he had horses to race with him, I think that would have been better. It was a big achievement for him to win having raced on his own and he is worth more than the winning margin of a length to say the least.
"We've won this race before but he does make you get up in the morning. Calyx has had to race on his own for the last two furlongs with a huge crowd screaming. That is a big ordeal for him and I think he did amazingly to win. I could have easily seen him getting distracted with nothing to race with.
"Frankie said 'I have to go now, there is nothing carrying me into the race, I have got to go.' In that respect, it was marvellous and he is probably value for more than the winning distance. Calyx is a bit of show-off. I had to give him a bit of time. His father never ran until July whereas this boy has been out in June."
Asked if Calyx is a 2000 Guineas horse, Gosden added: "I don't see why not. He is rateable and was relaxed enough early, but at the moment let's see if we can win a Prix Morny with him and then we will think about stepping up a bit later on. We'll freshen him up and go for the Prix Morny. He has done a lot of racing in 10 days.
"He has got a good bit of scope and is a lovely horse to be around. He is a bit full of himself, but I was just very impressed that he could take the running up because nothing was left on his side.
"I don't put Frankie on two-year-olds first time out ahead of Royal Ascot as I did it to him last year at Yarmouth and he injured his shoulder and missed this meeting. He's ridden him at home but just not on his debut!"


Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
£150,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
23 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (22) Calyx 2/1f L Dettori
J H M Gosden 2
2nd (1) 1 Advertise 10/1 Oisin Murphy
M Meade 2
3rd (4) nk Sergei Prokofiev (CAN) 3/1 R L Moore
A P O'Brien 2
4th (8) 1 Vange 25/1 S De Sousa
R A Fahey 2
5th (7) Shine So Bright 33/1 C Lee
K R Burke 2
6th (9) ½ Ninetythreetwenty (IRE) 33/1 P Hanagan
R A Fahey 2
7th (13) nk Blown By Wind 33/1 James Doyle
M Johnston 2
8th (20) ½ Gee Rex (IRE) 50/1 J P Spencer
J C Hayden 2
9th (15) nk Cosmic Law (IRE) 11/1 P J McDonald
R A Fahey 2
10th (11) s.h Dubai Legacy (USA) 20/1 C Soumillon
S bin Suroor 2
11th (18) nk Getchagetchagetcha 66/1 A Kirby
C G Cox 2
12th (14) Shaybani (IRE) 125/1 S W Kelly
R Hughes 2
13th (23) ¾ The Irish Rover (IRE) 12/1 J A Heffernan
A P O'Brien 2
14th (6) ½ Midnight Sands (USA) 125/1 Barry McHugh
J G Given 2
15th (12) nse Pogo (IRE) 100/1 James McDonald
C Hills 2
16th (5) nse I Am A Dreamer 50/1 W Buick
M Johnston 2
17th (24) hd Barbill (IRE) 50/1 Charles Bishop
M R Channon 2
18th (17) nk Boa Nova (IRE) 100/1 Harry Bentley
B J Meehan 2
19th (2) ½ Alfie Solomons (IRE) 50/1 T P Queally
Richard Spencer 2
20th (21) ½ Burj 25/1 Edward Greatrex
S bin Suroor 2
21st (16) ½ No Needs Never (IRE) 33/1 D O'Brien
Joseph P O'Brien 2
22nd (19) 1 Indigo Balance (IRE) 10/1 C O'Donoghue
Mrs J Harrington 2
23rd (3) 10 Kuwait Station (IRE) 100/1 D Tudhope
D O'Meara 2
NR (10) Fox Champion (IRE) S M Levey
R Hannon 2


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