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

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

1st
4 (4)
Hukum

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.10

Form: /171-1 CD

Last run: 65 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

High-class performer who has claimed notable scalps in last two appearances, readily beating Pyledriver in the 2022 Coronation Cup (1m4f) then collaring last year's Derby winner Desert Crown in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes over 1m2f at Sandown two months ago (both on good ground); subsequently withdrawn from the Hardwicke because of good to firm going; has form figures of 131 over this C&D and a record of 3-4 on softer than good; strong contender.

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1st

4

(4)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Hukum

9st 9lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Owen Burrows

High-class performer who has claimed notable scalps in last two appearances, readily beating Pyledriver in the 2022 Coronation Cup (1m4f) then collaring last year's Derby winner Desert Crown in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes over 1m2f at Sandown two months ago (both on good ground); subsequently withdrawn from the Hardwicke because of good to firm going; has form figures of 131 over this C&D and a record of 3-4 on softer than good; strong contender.

4/1

1st

5

(2)

25th May 2023

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

19:42 Sandown

Hukum

9st 2lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Owen Burrows

Four-time Group 3 winner in Britain who was having only his third crack at a Group 1 when hammering the rock-solid yardstick Pyledriver in last season's Coronation Cup (1m4f, good); sustained a serious injury at Epsom that has kept him off the track since; current wellbeing is a grey area and stepping up to 1m4f+ was the making him, so there are reservations.

7/2

12/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 56-221 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

4/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 17-21 CD

Last run: 36 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

12/1

Form: 17-512 BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Top-flight 1m2f performer who won the 2022 Irish Champion Stakes (soft) and 2023 Tattersalls Gold Cup (good); no match for impressive winner in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot most recently; still unexposed over 1m4f having shaped better than bare result (things didn't pan out favourably) in last year's Arc on sole attempt; interesting back up in trip.

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No Results Found

Form: 0421-1 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

100/1

Form: /4-332

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

One of four runners for Ballydoyle; losing spell goes back to his Belmont Derby success two years ago; retains plenty of ability and finished second in the Wolferton at Royal Ascot (1m2f, good) most recently; still very useful but he's bottom of this elite pack on ratings.

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6th

1

(2)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Bolshoi Ballet

9st 9lb

J: Sean Levey

T: A P O’Brien

One of four runners for Ballydoyle; losing spell goes back to his Belmont Derby success two years ago; retains plenty of ability and finished second in the Wolferton at Royal Ascot (1m2f, good) most recently; still very useful but he's bottom of this elite pack on ratings.

100/1

2nd

5

(1)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Bolshoi Ballet

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

1m2f Grade 1 winner in the US in 2021; lightly raced in the last 18 months but showed he retains his ability when close third in 1m4f Newbury Group 3 (good) one month ago and it's possible he could take another step forward now; in the mix.

7/1

3rd

1

(7)

20th May 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Bolshoi Ballet

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Well-beaten favourite in the 2021 Derby; all subsequent runs that year were in USA (won first of them) and Hong Kong; well below form when blinkered on Lingfield AW in November on sole start last season and he was again well held in Listed race at Navan (1m6f, heavy) this April; today's trip/ground looks more suitable but confidence in him has been seriously dented.

9/1

Form: 261-12 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

1st

5

(1)

2nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 1

15:10 Epsom

Emily Upjohn

8st 13lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Along with Westover, she flopped in last year's King George; highly progressive otherwise and bounced right back with hood fitted at Ascot (1m4f, good to soft) on Champions Day, bagging Group 1 honours against her own sex; unlucky second in the Oaks on this card 12 months ago, having stumbled and lost significant ground at the start; huge player back here.

5/2

Form: /0-113 C

Last run: 57 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Proved suited by step up to 1m2f in the spring, winning Curragh Group 3 and Chester Group 2 on heavy/soft; good to firm ground perhaps wasn't ideal in the Coronation Cup but the bare form of that defeat, behind Emily Upjohn and Westover, gives him plenty to find in this similar event.

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1st

6

(4)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 5f 84y

Class 1

15:40 Chester

Point Lonsdale

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Versatile ground-wise; has several pieces of Group 1 form, respectable sixth in the Dubai Sheema Classic (1m4f) most recently; successful in the Huxley Stakes (1m2f Group 2) at this meeting 12 months ago; bred to stay this new trip, being a brother to Broome; respected back at Chester.

2/1

4th

5

(3)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

Point Lonsdale

9st 7lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

pushed along soon after start, soon raced in second, lost second but in touch with leaders 6f out

20/1

6th

4

(8)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:20 Leopardstown

Point Lonsdale

9st 9lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: A P O’Brien

prominent, soon went second, lost second over 2f out, weakened final furlong

66/1

Form: 1214-4 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Successful in the Bahrain Trophy and Great Voltigeur last summer before running creditably when favourite for the Melbourne Cup (soft); respectable fourth to Pyledriver in the Hardwicke (C&D, good to firm) on reappearance and he's yet to run a bad race; however, this looks his stiffest-ever assignment.

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4th

3

(5)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 5f 84y

Class 1

15:40 Chester

Deauville Legend

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Ferguson

Raced mostly on good/firmer; solid 2022 campaign featured a success in the Great Voltigeur and creditable fourth in the Melbourne Cup; unable to repeat that form during a light 2023 season but holds good claims provided he takes well to first-time blinkers on 2024 reappearance.

4/1

4th

2

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 99y

Class 1

18:20 Windsor

Deauville Legend

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Ferguson

Last season was a good one, winning the Bahrain Trophy and Great Voltigeur before finishing fourth when favourite for the Melbourne Cup; made an encouraging reappearance in the Group 2 Hardwicke (1m4f) and his no-show in the King George (pulled hard; 33-1) was the first poor performance of his career; boasts compelling form claims back at Listed level; first-time cheekpieces.

2/1

9th

2

(9)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Deauville Legend

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: James Ferguson

Successful in the Bahrain Trophy and Great Voltigeur last summer before running creditably when favourite for the Melbourne Cup (soft); respectable fourth to Pyledriver in the Hardwicke (C&D, good to firm) on reappearance and he's yet to run a bad race; however, this looks his stiffest-ever assignment.

25/1

11/4

Form: 11-011 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Superbly bred colt who had excuses for his flop in the 2,000 Guineas; bounced back in a massive way to land the Derby at Epsom (1m4f, good to firm) where he collared King Of Steel towards the finish, then followed up in the Irish version (good) where he wasn't exactly impressive but the race didn't pan out perfectly and he perhaps hit the front sooner than ideal; won major 2yo contests on soft/heavy but trainer has expressed concerns about returning him to such conditions; ground aside, he's a leading 3yo who should have even more to offer over this distance and has the right credentials for this prize.

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1st

7

(2)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:20 Leopardstown

Auguste Rodin

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

prominent on inner, went second over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, ridden out towards finish

5/2

10th

10

(11)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Auguste Rodin

8st 12lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Superbly bred colt who had excuses for his flop in the 2,000 Guineas; bounced back in a massive way to land the Derby at Epsom (1m4f, good to firm) where he collared King Of Steel towards the finish, then followed up in the Irish version (good) where he wasn't exactly impressive but the race didn't pan out perfectly and he perhaps hit the front sooner than ideal; won major 2yo contests on soft/heavy but trainer has expressed concerns about returning him to such conditions; ground aside, he's a leading 3yo who should have even more to offer over this distance and has the right credentials for this prize.

11/4

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Payout
Exacta £607.00
Straight Forecast £523.20
Tricast £2293.50
Trifecta £3775.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

King Of Steel

Telegraph:

Emily Upjohn

POSTDATA:

Westover

TOPSPEED:

Pyledriver

RP RATINGS:

Hukum

Daily Mail:

Auguste Rodin

NEWMARKET:

King Of Steel

The Times:

King Of Steel

The Guardian:

King Of Steel

Daily Mirror:

King Of Steel

The Sun:

Emily Upjohn

The Star:

Emily Upjohn

D Express:

Westover

Daily Record:

Pyledriver

LAMBOURN:

Hukum