Ten Of The Best Set For Another Cracking King George!
Racegoers at Ascot on Saturday are in for a treat with ten of the best middle-distance horses on the planet set to contest the Betfair-sponsored King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The mile and a half contest is one of Britain’s most prestigious open-age Flat races and unsurprisingly it has a rich history.
First run in 1951, the race was created by merging two separate events, one commemorating King George VI and the other his consort, Queen Elizabeth. Since its inauguration it has been won by some of the world’s best middle-distance performers, such as Harbinger in 2010, who recorded the fastest ever time in the race and ended the year rated the best Flat horse in the world.
On paper it looks set to be a vintage renewal of the race, with Saturday’s field having won a total of 26 Group races between them, including several of the best races in the world, the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, Melbourne Cup and Breeders’ Cup Turf. With representatives from Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Japan, it also has the look of a truly international affair. The youngest horse in the race, Japanese raider Deep Brillante, is looking to be the first horse outside of Europe to win the race. For more on him and his bullish connections, CLICK HERE.
Sir Michael Stoute will be hoping that Sea Moon makes him the winning-most trainer of this fifth leg of the QIPCO British Champion Series Middle Distance section, overtaking Saeed bin Suroor who he is currently tied with on five wins. Ascot specialist Frankie Dettori is aiming for a record tally of five wins in the race should Masked Marvel beat stablemate and last year’s winner of the race Nathaniel, who will be ridden by William Buick.
John Gosden engineered a brilliant training piece of training to get Nathaniel back to make a successful return in the Coral-Eclipse earlier in the month and the four-year-old will be a huge danger again here for the red-hot jockey and trainer combination as he bids to become the first back-to-back winner of the race since Swain in 1997/8.
Father and son duo Aidan and Joseph O’Brien are looking to add to their fruitful haul of Group 1 races in Britain this year with St Nicholas Abbey, who won his second Coronation Cup at the Investec Derby meeting last month. All in all, this year’s Betfair King George is a wide-open and class-filled affair not to be missed!
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