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King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings)

  • Prize money: £141775
  • 1m 3f 211y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

11/10 (Won)

  • Win: £2.10
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 17-2

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Impressive on debut at Nottingham (8.3f, soft) last October then soundly beaten in Group 1 Futurity Trophy at Doncaster (1m, heavy) just ten days later; subsequently left David Loughnane and reappeared with a mighty performance in the Derby at Epsom (1m4f, good to firm), finishing a clear second with three of today's opponents well behind; the one to beat.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

8

(1)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

King Of Steel

9st 3lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Roger Varian

raced in last, pushed along over 4f out, headway on outer from 2f out, prominent when ridden and hung right 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, led towards finish

4/1

4th

8

(5)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:20 Leopardstown

King Of Steel

9st 3lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Roger Varian

held up in midfield, headway 3f out, ridden and went fourth inside final furlong, kept on well towards finish, not reach leaders

9/4

3rd

11

(3)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

King Of Steel

8st 12lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Roger Varian

Strapping colt who nearly won the Derby on stable/seasonal debut, leading from over 2f out until collared by Auguste Rodin near the finish (pair clear); went one better in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot where he comfortably justified favouritism while confirming he's very smart and suited by this C&D; both starts this season on good to firm but 2yo debut success came on soft; still has very low mileage, having raced just four times, and commands the utmost respect with further progress on the cards.

4/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 11-38

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Won French Group 3 (1m, very soft) last September to make it 2-2 and reappeared with good third in the Dante at York (10.2f, good to firm) last month; down the field in the Prix du Jockey Club (10.5f, good) just 19 days ago and has something to prove after that, but he's Aidan O'Brien's sole runner in this race which in itself means he is entitled to respect.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

4

(2)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Continuous

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Won a French Group 3 last September on very soft ground, while all runs this term were on good or good to firm; well beaten in the Prix du Jockey Club but improvement every time otherwise, trying 1m4f (Group 2) for his Royal Ascot second and for his authoritative win in the Great Voltigeur at York; came from last to first in a five-runner race at York, where Gregory made the running, gave 3lb and was beaten nearly 5l; not sure to improve for this trip but already has the best form in the race and is on an upward curve.

7/2

1st

5

(2)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

1m 3f 188y

Class 1

15:00 York

Continuous

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

held up in last

9/4

2nd

4

(3)

23rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Continuous

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Won French Group 3 (1m, very soft) last September to make it 2-2 and reappeared with good third in the Dante at York (10.2f, good to firm) last month; down the field in the Prix du Jockey Club (10.5f, good) just 19 days ago and has something to prove after that, but he's Aidan O'Brien's sole runner in this race which in itself means he is entitled to respect.

6/1

Form: 1-17

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Won Nottingham maiden (8.3f, soft) and Sandown novice (1m2f, good to soft) on first two starts; beaten 11l when seventh in the Derby at Epsom (1m4f, good to firm) but produced an eyecatching finish effort after being well behind; he was possibly unsuited by that tricky track and could have more to offer now back on a conventional circuit; interesting contender.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

1

(1)

26th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Artistic Star

9st 2lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

Lightly raced 4yo who won a C&D novice last May (good to soft) and best performance came when third in Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good to firm) last June; gelded since last seen and improvement can't be ruled out, but it's necessary if he's to come out on top today.

14/1

4th

2

(3)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

1m 3f 188y

Class 1

15:00 York

Artistic Star

9st 2lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

Won his first two starts; came from well behind when 11l seventh in the Derby at Epsom and always prominent when third of six (Continuous second) in King Edward VII at Royal Ascot, both 1m4f on good to firm; fourth of six in Group 3 at Goodwood (1m4f, soft; Canberra Legend third) three weeks ago was his first backward step and he needs to resume improvement.

16/1

4th

1

(5)

3rd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 218y

Class 1

15:00 Goodwood

Artistic Star

9st 3lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

Won Nottingham maiden (8.3f, soft) and Sandown novice (1m2f, good to soft) on first two starts; came from well behind when 11l seventh in the Derby at Epsom and improved again when an always-prominent third of six in King Edward VII at Royal Ascot, both 1m4f on good to firm; respected but to win this would normally require a bit more.

9/2

OUR TIP

Form: 121-59

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Won the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud (1m2f, heavy) last October and his staying-on fifth in the 2,000 Guineas (1m, soft) suggested he could be a fine middle-distance prospect; better could have been expected in the Derby (1m4f, good to firm), when only ninth, but not every horse takes to Epsom and he retains potential; won on fast ground last summer; not written off.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

1

(5)

23rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Dubai Mile

9st 5lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Charlie Johnston

Won the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud (1m2f, heavy) last October and his staying-on fifth in the 2,000 Guineas (1m, soft) suggested he could be a fine middle-distance prospect; better could have been expected in the Derby (1m4f, good to firm), when only ninth, but not every horse takes to Epsom and he retains potential; won on fast ground last summer; not written off.

20/1

9th

6

(5)

3rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 1

13:30 Epsom

Dubai Mile

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Charlie Johnston

Novice winner on good to firm; lost nothing in defeat when second of four to The Foxes in a muddling Group 2 at Newmarket and he was so game when beating Arrest in Group 1 at Saint-Cloud in October (1m2f, heavy); reappeared with a respectable fifth in the 2,000 Guineas and while the recent dry spell has not helped his chance, his fighting spirit could still see him thereabouts.

18/1

5th

4

(6)

6th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:40 Newmarket

Dubai Mile

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Charlie Johnston

Progressive as 2yo, usually front-running; close second of four in the Group 2 Royal Lodge over C&D (good) on penultimate start and, after others had gone past him over 4f out, he rallied his way to a narrow Group 1 win at Saint-Cloud (1m2f, heavy) in October; needs further improvement and the drop back in trip has to be a worry.

40/1

Form: 112-10 D BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Fast-ground maiden winner who reappeared with easy win in the Group 3 Chester Vase (1m4f, soft); disappointing favourite in the Derby (1m4f, good to firm) last time but he lost a shoe and Frankie Dettori reported he "hated the track and the ground"; provided conditions suit, it will be no surprise if he taps back into his previous abundant promise with a big performance.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

(6)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 5f 84y

Class 1

15:40 Chester

Arrest

9st 2lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

3yo campaign featured wins in the Chester Vase and Geoffrey Freer, plus good second in the St Leger; appeared to need his Newbury reappearance run and should be spot-on for this return to the Roodee; leading player provided there's no jar in the ground (underperformed on good to firm last year).

15/8

7th

4

(10)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Arrest

9st 2lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

ducked right start and slowly away, raced wide early, towards rear early, headway and prominent after 4f, led over 3f out

11/8

2nd

2

(6)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Arrest

9st 3lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Reappeared with an easy win in the Chester Vase (1m4f, soft) in May; disappointing on good to firm in both the Derby (favourite) and at Royal Ascot, before restating his effectiveness with more give in the ground when making all at 5-6 in Group 3 at Newbury (extended 1m5f, good to soft) four weeks ago; may well have his ground again, brings among the best form with those two wins (particularly Chester) and this trip looks within reach.

3/1

Form: 22-143 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Listed fourth at Newmarket (1m2f, good) last month and third in the Group 2 Italian Derby (1m3f, heavy) last time; has improved with each of his five runs and could continue to progress, but he needs to take a sizeable step forward if he's to win this.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

(9)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Newmarket

Relentless Voyager

9st 12lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Best form when third in the Italian Derby (1m3f, heavy) last May; not seen since a heavy defeat at Royal Ascot (1m4f Group 2, good to firm) last June; gelded in August; none too solid compared to some of these but he is lightly raced.

9/2

6th

6

(4)

23rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Relentless Voyager

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Listed fourth at Newmarket (1m2f, good) last month and third in the Group 2 Italian Derby (1m3f, heavy) last time; has improved with each of his five runs and could continue to progress, but he needs to take a sizeable step forward if he's to win this.

25/1

4th

5

(6)

5th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

13:15 Newmarket

Relentless Voyager

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

held up in rear, ridden and headway on far side of group from over 1f out, disputing third final 110yds, kept on

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £125.00
Straight Forecast £110.40
Trifecta £365.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

King Of Steel

Telegraph:

Arrest

The Sun:

Artistic Star

RP RATINGS:

King Of Steel

TOPSPEED:

King Of Steel

POSTDATA:

King Of Steel

NEWMARKET:

King Of Steel

The Times:

King Of Steel

The Guardian:

King Of Steel

Daily Mail:

King Of Steel

Daily Mirror:

King Of Steel

The Star:

King Of Steel

Daily Record:

King Of Steel

D Express:

Arrest