2020 Coronation Cup Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

The first big race during Epsom’s famous Derby Festival is the Coronation Cup, which precedes the Epsom Oaks on the opening day of the meeting. 

The Coronation Cup is also part of the British Champions Series of races, the finals of which are run on Champions Day at Ascot in October.

During its long, storied history, many of flat racing’s greats have landed this prestigious prize. 

Great fillies Pretty Polly and Petite Etoile both secured back-to-back Coronation Cup wins. They’ve since been followed into the winners’ enclosure at Epsom by the likes of Mill Reef, Yeats and Sir Nicholas Abbey – the only three-time winner of the Coronation Cup.

The 2020 renewal of the Coronation Cup will take place at Newmarket, and headlines the first day of the extended three-day Guineas Festival.

Coronation Cup Key Facts


DateFriday, June 5
TrackEpsom Downs (Newmarket in 2020)
Distance1m 4f
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet Weights
Prize Money£500,000
Age4YO & Upwards

Coronation Cup Betting Tips

Favourite for this year’s renewal is Ghayyaith, who was last seen cruising to a convincing victory during the Dubai World Cup Carnival. Defoe sprang a surprise when he chased down Kew Gardens to win the Coronation Cup at Epsom in 2019, and he’ll bid to retain the trophy in 2020.

Aidan O’Brien has made this race his own during the past two decades. He’s thrown 2019 Derby winner, Anthony Van Dyck into the mix, along with stablemate Broome. Star stayer, Stradivarius will also tackle this one-and-a-half-mile trip, before targeting a second successful defence of his Royal Ascot Gold Cup Crown.

Read the FreeTips.com verdict and 2020 Coronation Cup tips to get our selection for this year’s running at Newmarket.

Coronation Cup Live Stream


You can watch a live stream of the Coronation Cup at bet365, William Hill or Paddy Power. All three bookmakers have live broadcasts of UK racing. Click on the links to be taken straight to the bookmaker.

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Coronation Cup Day Schedule 2020


Race No.
Race Name
1.Maiden Fillies’ Stakes
2.Betway Handicap
3.Abernant Stakes (G3)
4.Paradise Stakes (L)
5.Coronation Cup
6.Betway Handicap
7.Fillies’ Novice Stakes
8.Maiden Fillies’ Stakes
9.Betway Handicap Div 1
10.Betway Handicap Div 2

After The Coronation Cup


The Coronation Cup is the first Group One of the season to be run over 12 furlongs. As such, it’s often viewed as an excellent starting point for the best middle-distance horses. 

Following an outing at Epsom, many Coronation Cup runners go onto Royal Ascot and run in either the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes or the Hardwicke Stakes. Some, like Yeats, use the Coronation Cup as a springboard towards the two-mile Royal Ascot Gold Cup.

The King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot is another summer objective for Coronation Cup contenders. The end-of-season goal is usually the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the biggest flat race in Europe, run at Longchamp at the beginning of October. 

Champions Day at Ascot is also a long-term objective for Coronation Cup runners, with the Champion Stakes, or even the Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes as possible targets.

Some horses earn a spot in the Coronation Cup with victories in early-season races like the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket, and the John Porter Stakes, run at Newbury in mid-April.

Coronation Cup History


The Coronation Cup was created to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII, who took up the throne in 1902. 

Although it has been primarily run at Epsom during the Derby meeting, 2020 will not be the first year the Coronation Cup has been staged on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile. Newmarket played host to this Group One in 1915 and ’16, before staging three renewals during World War II.

Open to any horse over the age of four, fillies have gotten the better of their male counterparts on a number of occasions down the years. The most famous filly to win the Coronation Cup is Triple Crown winner Pretty Polly, who powered to victory at Epsom in both 1905 and ’06.

Mill Reef return to Epsom the year after winning the Derby and claimed Coronation Cup glory. Vincent O’Brien’s Roberto then repeated that feat the following year, completing the Epsom Derby, Coronation Cup double in 1973.

Lester Piggott is the winning-most jockey in Coronation Cup history. The first of his nine wins came aboard Zucchero in 1953, with his last triumph coming some 30-years later on Robert Armstrong’s Be My Native.

Aidan O’Brien has quickly risen to the head of the training standings in the Coronation Cup, saddling eight of the last 15 winners. The master of Ballydoyle has won this race with Royal Ascot great Yeats, Fame And Glory, Highland Reel and Sir Nichols Abbey, who completed a hat-trick of victories between 2011 and ’13.

Coronation Cup Betting Guide

Given that this Group One usually attracts a small, high-quality field, there have been very few significant upsets in the Coronation Cup. 

Favourites have an excellent record on day one of the Epsom Derby Festival, with only 2015 winner, Pethers Moon and 2019 champion, Defoe carrying double-figure prices into the winners’ enclosure this century.

Sir Nicholas Abbey was a 30/100 shot when he completed his famous hat-trick in 2013.

The shortest-priced winner since the turn of the millennium was the John Gosden-trained Cracksman, who went off at 2/7 before snatching a narrow victory away from the plucky Salouen in 2018.

Epsom Downs Track Report


Many runners find it tough to handle the conditions at Epsom Downs.

The Epsom track is a horse shoe shape and it's very undulating. One of the reasons why international thoroughbreds don't come over to compete is because the tracks are so vastly different.

Seeing out the 1m 4f distance is never easy so having track and distance experience can be key.

Coronation Cup FAQs

When is the 2020 Coronation Cup taking place?

It will be staged on Friday, June 5, at Newmarket. It is normally run at Epsom Downs.

What is the distance of the Coronation Cup?

It is run over one mile and four furlongs.

Can I watch a Coronation Cup live stream?

You can. Use the link provided above on this page to learn how you can watch the Coronation Cup stream live on your PC, tablet or smartphone.