The Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Saturday 27 July 3.40pm) is one of the many highlights of the flat racing season staged at Ascot Racecourse. It takes place over and 1 mile 3 furlongs and 211 yards and is open to horses aged three and older.
The race was established in 1951 and has been won recently by Taghrooda, Postponed, Highland Reel, Enable, and Poet’s Word.
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King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes 10-Year-Trends
Sir Michael Stoute and John Gosden have flown the flag for English trainers over the last decade, with three wins each, with the retired Luca Cumani also winning a renewal. Aidan O’Brien has won it once for Ireland, whilst two German trainers won the other two editions.
Ryan Moore has been the dominant jockey with three wins, whilst Frankie Dettori and Andrea Atzeni have also ridden a winner.
Four-year-olds have won six of the last 10 renewals, whilst three-year-olds have won three, and last year’s winner Poet’s Word chalked one up for the five-year-olds. Six of those winners had won their previous race, with no winner being worse than fourth on its previous start. The last 10 winners had run between 14 and 50 days prior to their success.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes runner-By-Runner Guide
Japanese-trained seven-year-old that officially only has 8lb to find on ratings but was last seen finishing second to Old Persian at Meydan at a big price. That form isn’t good enough and he’s not a good fit for the stats.
Has warmed up in the same two races before Royal Ascot in each of the last two seasons and his form in those races this year suggested he’s a better horse at five than he was at four. That encouraged connections to run him in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and they were rewarded with his first Group 1 success. He’s never been out of the first two in four runs at Ascot and is 5lb better off with Enable for a 3½ length beating and looks to have improved since they met.
Five-year-old that has taken his form to a new level on his last two runs by winning the Group 1 Coronation Stakes and a Group 2 at Royal Ascot. However, several form-lines suggest he still has to find further improvement to get near Enable and Crystal Ocean if the market leaders run up to form.
Royal Ascot winner in 2018 but looked to be a pacemaker when being beaten by Crystal Ocean at this year’s Royal Meeting. Beaten slightly less far by Enable in the Coral-Eclipse but that was the filly’s first run of the season.
Made a big impression on soft ground at Chester on his seasonal debut but nowhere near as good since when twice beaten behind Defoe. His only hope is if the heavens open, but the weather forecast suggests that’s unlikely.
Capable when allowed to travel at the pace he wants to but other pace angles in the race are likely to mean this is a step too far for him.
His trainer Andre Fabre notably ran him in a race at Royal Ascot that he had won twice with his only two previous runners. That suggests he is held in the highest regard, but he was beaten by Crystal Ocean there and by Enable in last season Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. That suggests he has something to find but the return to 12-furlongs could see him give the main protagonists a race.
Won this race as a three-year-old but no horse has ever regained this title. However, she probably would have won last year’s race if fit at the time, and she’s already broken other long-running stats like winning at the Breeders’ Cup after winning at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Looked as good as ever when winning the Coral-Eclipse and the return to 12-furlongs is very much in her favour.
Impressed when beating Wild Illusion by four-lengths at Royal Ascot last year on fast ground and was fancied to double up at this year’s Royal Meeting until the ground turned soft. She still ran okay to be second and is one of the more interesting each-way possibilities if the ground remains fast.
Anthony Van Dyck
You need to go back to 2001 to find the last Derby winner to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes but this one’s Derby win did suggest he’s got plenty of stamina. The Derby form is a bit of a mix though, with only third-placed Japan bolstering the middle-distance form, and he’s the horse that was supposedly the O’Brien number one Derby hope at the start of the season. Despite that, he has an obvious each-way chance in receipt of weight from his elders.
Finished behind Anthony Van Dyck in the English Derby and Irish Derby and could be another pacemaker for the Aidan O’Brien team.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Verdict 2019
Aidan O’Brien had four entries, which suggest this will be a stamina test. His main hopes are course specialist Magic Wand and Anthony Van Dyck and it could be the filly that comes out on top.
However, whatever their tactics, they will do well to beat either Enable or Crystal Ocean, who set a decent standard for the others to aim at.
However, one horse that looks a touch of each-way value to bridge the gap is Waldgeist. His first run of the season suggested he has what it takes to win a big race this season and 12-furlongs should suit him better than the 10-furlongs he ran over last time.