Monday, February 27, 2012

Coventry Stakes set for another classic renewal

The Coventry Stakes is one of the first big races of the season for two year-olds at the Royal Ascot Meeting in June.

Last year, Power proved what an exciting colt he was for Aidan O'Brien by winning the contest in what the Irish trainer's fifth success in the race. The son of Oasis Dream did step up 7f later in the season where he won the Group One Goffs National Stakes at the Curragh. He then finished second in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October after going off 15/8 favourite in the Ascot odds.

Power is likely to start this season in either the Tattersalls Millions Sprint or the Tattersalls Millions Trophy in April. He then could run in the 2000 Guineas – the opening Classic of the year for three-year olds. If he does start at Newmarket on Guineas weekend, he could be the second string in the race if the unbeaten Camelot lines up for Ballydoyle. The son of Montjeu won the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October on only his second racecourse start and is the ante-post favourite for the 2000 Guineas on May 5. Connections have yet to decide their path for the talented colt who is also favourite for the Derby at Epsom a month later.

Past winners of the Coventry Stakes include Canford Cliffs in 2009. Richard Hannon's runner enjoyed running at Royal Ascot with further success in 2010 in the St James's Palace Stakes and a year later in the Queen Anne Stakes as a four-year old.

Henrythenavigator is also another notable name on the honours list after scooping the race for O'Brien in 2007.

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