The King George Stakes (Friday 3.45) was introduced into the racing program to celebrate the coronation of King George V in 2011. It is a 5-furlong race run at Goodwood, one of the fastest 5-furlong tracks in England, and often produces a thrilling finish.
Age has been no barrier to success this century, with three 3-year-olds, four 4-year-olds, four 5-year-olds, two six-year-olds, one 7-year-old, and one 8-year-old being successful.
William Haggas is the only trainer with a runner to have won the race twice, whilst Ryan Moore is the only jockey with a ride to have ridden two winners.
17 Runners are set to go to post for the 2016 King George Stakes.
Ran a respectable fifth last year in behind Muthmir and Take Cover, and again behind the runner-up earlier this season. Seemed to put-up his best performance yet when second in this year’s Kings Stand and, having not stayed 6-furlongs in the July Cup, he could easily hit the frame.
French Group-3 winner earlier this season, but beaten in Group-2 and Group-3 company since.
Third in this year’s Kings Stand, but might find this happening too quick after staying on late. Only 13th last year.
Last year’s Kings Stand and Prix d’Labbaye winner is the forgotten horse of sprinting after missing several engagements on account of soft ground, and would have every chance on a fast surface.
Mark Johnston horses always have to be feared at this meeting, but this one looked to be paying for a tough campaign when unsighted in the July Cup.
Line Of Reason
Fourth last year, but has been struggling in lower-class races so far this season.
Move In Time
Respectable third in this last year, but not in quite as good a form coming into this year’s renewal. Stable in form though, but is no spring chicken at 8.
Won last year’s renewal despite conceding 4lb all-round. Did get the run of the race, but should again beat the horses he beat last year.
Yet to hit the form he did in 2015, but capable on his day.
Slightly hampered when 33/1 sixth in 2013 renewal, but not improved since.
First and second in the last two renewals, and should again give a bold sight up front. Can’t be ruled out, but vulnerable to one of the younger horses.
Excellent second to The Tin Man last time conformed the improvement she showed in Ireland. However, those races were over 6-furlongs, and she’s probably not fast enough for this.
Won the Gimcrack as a two-year-old, but has yet to show much this season. Could bounce back, but would need to find plenty of improvement.
Ran well at Royal Ascot over 6-furlongs, but beaten by a few of these at York.
Ryan Moore takes the ride, and he could still find improvement on a fast surface over 5-furlongs. Impossible to rule out.
Looked a potential star on her first two starts this season, but got beaten at York by Marsha despite traveling through the race like the best filly. May enjoy the likely even faster pace here and not ruled out, though form did tail off last season after a similar start to the season.
Well-backed to win at Ayr two starts ago and absolutely hacked-up, then confirmed that improvement by wining Listed event at York with Easton Angel, Muthmir and Kachy behind.
King George Stakes Summary
A truly fascinating renewal, and Muthmir really should conform form with those horse he beat here last year as he’s better off at the weights with all of them. However, he was beaten fair and square by Marsha and Easton Angel at York and, in the hope she can improve again, Marsha is the selection.