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King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes - 26th July, 2014

Sir Michael Stoute's Telescope was a fine winner of the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot last month and now the classy four-year-old will return to the Berkshire venue on Saturday afternoon to try and bag Group One glory in what is a fascinating renewal of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

He propelled seven lengths clear of stablemate Hillstar that day and if he can build on that effort then he has to set the standard here, but there will be a whole host of class acts lining up for what is one of the feature events in the Flat calendar.

Aidan O'Brien's Magician ran a decent race when second to The Fugue in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at the Royal meeting and the Ballydoyle raider will be aiming to build on that effort and is another prominent figure in what is a superb betting heat for punters to get stuck into at the weekend.

Eagle Top produced a career best when bounding clear in the King Edward VII Stakes and has been supplemented for the event and will line up for John Gosden, whilst shock Coral-Eclipse winner Mukhadram will be aiming to emulate that fine Sandown Park success and could play his hand if taking his chance.

Investec Oaks winner Taghrooda holds an entry for the event and Gosden elected to bypass the Irish Oaks in favour of this contest, so if she can reproduce her fine Epsom display here then is a major players, whilst the likes of Ladbrokes St Leger fancy Romsdal and Trading Leather are another eye-catching trio who may take their chance in the event.

Latest Betting for 2014 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

2/1 Telescope

11/4 Taghrooda

4/1 Magician

6/1 Eagle Top

12/1 Trading Leather

12/1 Mukhadram

28/1 Romsdal

200/1 Leitir Mor

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King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes History

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is without doubt the most prestigious flat race in the UK open to horses of all ages and is one of the highlights on the calendar each flat season. It gives punters the rare chance to get stuck into a race between the very best three-year-old horses and the cream of the older horses over 1 mile 4 furlongs at Ascot. The distance means that we often see the Derby winner take his chance while those horses hoping to run in the Prix De L’arc De Triomphe will take in the King George meaning it never fails to capture the imagination of racing fans and punters alike.

Generally horses will only win the King George once during their career with only Dahlia in 1973 and 1974 and Swain in 1997 and 1998 winning the race twice since it was first run in 1951. Swain was trained by Saeed Bin Suroor of Godolphin, and he along with Sir Michael Stoute and Dick Hern hold the record for the most number of winners as a trainer at five. There is no surprise to hear that Lester Piggott holds the record for Jockeys with the great man winning the King George Vi and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on a remarkable seven occasions between 1965 and 1984.

Perhaps the most memorable running of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes was the 1975 race that saw Grundy and Bustino go head to head over the final couple of furlongs. It has long been known as the ‘Race Of Century’ in the UK as the two horses traded the lead until Grundy finally held on for the legendary win, it was a clash between the best three and four-year-old horses of the time and perfectly sums up the importance of the race.

In more recent years there has been a distinct advantage for the four-year-old horses in the race with no three-year-old winning the race since Alamshar in 2003 and that is something punters should be taking note of when having a bet. Perhaps the most impressive winner of the race in recent memory is Harbinger who simply hacked up in 2010 to claim the win, he decimated a field which included the Derby Winner for Sir Michael Stoute and it will live long in the memory. It proved to be the final run for Harbinger after he picked up an injury at home but he broke the record for the quickest ever time and it is hard to see that being beaten any time soon.

Recent Winners of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

  •     2000 - Montjeu
  •     2001 - Galileo
  •     2002 - Golan
  •     2003 - Alamshar
  •     2004 - Doyen
  •     2005 - Azamour
  •     2006 - Hurricane Run
  •     2007 - Dylan Thomas
  •     2008 - Duke Of Marmalade
  •     2009 - Conduit
  •     2010 - Harbinger
  •     2011 - Nathaniel
  •     2012 - Danedream
  •     2013 - Novellist
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