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King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

  • Prize money: £708875
  • 1m 3f 211y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

25/1 (Won)

  • Win: £20.80
  • Place: £6.75

Form: 12-042 CD BF

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Along with Broome he's a C&D winner, having landed the King Edward VII Stakes in 2020; not disgraced at Epsom seven weeks ago when bidding for a second success in the Coronation Cup, though proved no match for the winner who reversed Sheema Classic placings with him; needs to raise his game.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

7

(6)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Pyledriver

9st 9lb

J: P J McDonald

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

Yet to race on heavy, appears to act on any other ground; often hangs but he's a cracking horse and won this contest 12 months ago, albeit having been somewhat helped by the market leaders failing to show their form; subsequently absent until following up in the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot five weeks ago when taking record over C&D to 3-3; bids to defend his crown in a red-hot renewal but looks sure to give it his best shot.

7/1

1st

6

(5)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Pyledriver

9st 3lb

J: P J McDonald

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

Won the 2021 Coronation Cup but proved no match for Hukum in same contest last year; finished in front of that rival at Meydan the time before, however; landed the 2022 King George over C&D (on fast ground) when last seen but the race fell apart with most rivals failing to show their form; had a couple of setbacks since and may need this outing to put him spot-on for another crack at the July showpiece.

7/1

1st

3

(4)

23rd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Pyledriver

9st 9lb

J: P J McDonald

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

led, headed but prominent after 2f, led again over 2f out, shaken up and edged right over 1f out, soon ridden and hung left, clear when hung right final 110yds, kept on well, hung left towards finish

25/1

9/1

  • Place: £5.15

Form: 211-61 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Horse

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Bidding to emulate Danedream (2012) and Novellist (2013), the previous German-trained winners of this race; high-class 1m4f performer who has won three Group 1 races, notably last year's Arc on heavy going; proved too smart for his rivals in Group 2 at Hamburg (good to soft) three weeks ago; bang there on ratings but the forecast fast ground tempers enthusiasm.

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2nd

4

(5)

23rd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Torquator Tasso

9st 9lb

J: Rene Piechulek

T: Marcel Weiss

held up in midfield, switched left and headway on outer over 2f out, ridden and chased winner over 1f out, kept on, not pace to challenge

9/1

Form: 214-02 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in this race last year, then went one better in the International at York where he impressively secured a third Group 1 win and recorded a rating that gives him the best chance in this field; unlucky second in the Eclipse at Sandown (1m2f, good to firm; back from layoff) three weeks ago, meeting trouble then finishing strongly once in the clear; big player.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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4th

3

(5)

10th Sep 2022

Yielding To Soft

1m 2f 0y

15:45 Leopardstown

Mishriff

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: John & Thady Gosden

held up in rear, pushed along and some headway under 2f out, ridden and ran on on outer inside final furlong, went fourth inside final 110yds, not reach leaders

3/1

2nd

5

(5)

17th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 2f 56y

Class 1

15:35 York

Mishriff

9st 8lb

J: James Doyle

T: John & Thady Gosden

raced in second, pushed along to lead over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no match for winner

7/2

3rd

2

(2)

23rd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Mishriff

9st 9lb

J: James Doyle

T: John & Thady Gosden

slowly away and lost many lengths start, behind, headway over 2f out, ridden and disputing second over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

3/1

16/1

Form: 020-51 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Horse

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Produced a powerful display in the Hardwicke over C&D (good to firm) five weeks ago, soon in front and galloping on strongly to record a sixth Group success; however, the form has been let down by disappointing efforts since from the second and third and he was comfortably held (fourth of five, beaten about 9l) in this contest last year.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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6th

1

(2)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Broome

9st 9lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: A P O’Brien

Good middle-distance performer for most of his career (won at Royal Ascot 2022) but took the Dubai Gold Cup over 2m in March; close third in the 1m6f Yorkshire Cup at York in May; not so good since and although he kept on stoutly when a respectable third at Doncaster (2m2f, soft) last time, he was comfortably seen off by Trueshan and Sweet William; work to do.

40/1

3rd

2

(1)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Broome

9st 7lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Good middle-distance performer for most of his career but won the Dubai Gold Cup over 2m in March; close third in the 1m6f Yorkshire Cup at York in May but well beaten in the Gold Cup at Ascot and the Goodwood Cup the next twice, and was about 8l behind Coltrane at York last time; others preferred.

10/1

5th

3

(4)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 56y

Class 1

14:25 York

Broome

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Good middle-distance performer for most of his career but won the Dubai Gold Cup over 2m in March; close third to Giavellotto in the 1m6f Yorkshire Cup here in May but well beaten since in the Gold Cup at Ascot and the Goodwood Cup, so others are preferred.

8/1

OUR TIP

11/8

Form: 22-131 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

An emerging force; made a successful reappearance in the Sandown Classic Trial, then finished third in the Derby where he would have been second but for meeting significant trouble; impressive in the Irish Derby at the Curragh (on good ground) four weeks ago, leading over 2f out and staying on strongly for a 7l win; should relish this similarly stiff 1m4f and promises to stay further (current favourite for the St Leger); commands major respect.

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2nd

8

(10)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Westover

9st 9lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

Ruined his chance in this race last year by getting worked up beforehand and failing to settle once under way; otherwise a very good performer and strong stayer at 1m4f, most recently winning the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (good to soft); yet to win a Group 1 on home soil, however, and seems held by Emily Upjohn on Coronation Cup running.

12/1

2nd

4

(3)

2nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 1

15:10 Epsom

Westover

9st 2lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

Frankel colt; luckless third in last year's Derby here then won the Irish version in great style; respectable sixth in the Arc; finished well for second behind impressive Japanese colt Equinox in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan (1m4f, good) when last seen ten weeks ago, suggesting he's set for a productive 4yo campaign in top middle-distance races; leading contender.

2/1

5th

5

(6)

23rd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Westover

8st 12lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Ralph Beckett

took keen hold, pressed leader, led after 2f, joined 6f out, shaken up and headed over 3f out, weakened 2f out

11/8

Form: 1-112 BF

Last run: 50 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Readily won the Musidora in May, taking her record to 3-3; subsequently unlucky in the Oaks (1m4f, good), losing ground with a stumble at the start then eventually working her way into contention and going down by only a short head; that effort confirms she's very talented, having done well to get so close; missed the Irish Oaks last Saturday due to travel problems; the last two 3yo fillies to win the King George came from this stable; highly progressive and has strong credentials.

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7th

9

(8)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Emily Upjohn

9st 6lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Unraced on soft/heavy, acts on any other ground; pulled too hard in this contest 12 months ago, the only major blip in her otherwise progressive career; took well to a hood in next two appearances, showing a tidy turn of foot to win this year's Coronation Cup at Epsom (1m4f) on second occasion; close second to remarkable 3yo Paddington in a thrilling Eclipse at Sandown when dropped back to 1m2f with the headgear removed (it's again missing today); leading claims, provided she settles adequately returned to 1m4f.

9/2

2nd

3

(3)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

15:40 Sandown

Emily Upjohn

9st 6lb

J: William Buick

T: John & Thady Gosden

Pulled too hard in last year's King George, the only major blip in her otherwise progressive career; has taken well to a hood since, winning 1m4f Group 1 events at Ascot (good to soft) and Epsom (good to firm), showing a tidy turn of foot in the Coronation Cup latest; gives the impression she'll be just as effective back at 1m2f, and the removal of the headgear is understandable given the return to shorter; very classy filly who is one of the two big contenders lined up for an engrossing showdown.

5/4

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Payout
Exacta £1205.00
Straight Forecast £2163.50
Trifecta £4260.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Mishriff

SPOTLIGHT:

Westover

NEWMARKET:

Emily Upjohn

Daily Express:

Torquator Tasso

LAMBOURN:

Pyledriver

POSTDATA:

Broome

Daily Mail:

Westover

Daily Mirror:

Westover

The Sun:

Westover

The Star:

Westover

TOPSPEED:

Mishriff

The Times:

Mishriff

Telegraph:

Mishriff

The Guardian:

Mishriff

Daily Record:

Mishriff