King George VI Queen Elizabeth Stakes

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The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is one of the highlights of the flat racing season, a Group 1 contest over a mile and a half.

The King George VI Queen Elizabeth Stakes takes place on Saturday 29th July 2023.

It often features a clash between the Epsom Derby winner and the best older horses. The epic clash between Grundy and Bustino in 1975 was dubbed “the race of the century” while John Gosden’s Enable recently became the first horse in history to win the race three times.

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King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The Race – Overview of The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 1 event held in the UK for horses aged three and higher. It is held every year in July at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile 3 furlongs and 211 yards.

It often attracts Derby horses and provides significant clues for the outcome of top International races like the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

It is one of the top middle distance races in Europe and a true test of stamina.

There is usually a relatively small field so there are rarely excuses for beaten horses.

Famous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Winners & History

The inaugural King George was held in 1951 with victory going to the three-year-old Supreme Court.

The race was formed by the amalgamation of two separate races; The King George VI Stakes over two miles and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes over a mile and a half.

The race immediately began to attract the top horses in training with early winners including Pinza (1953), Her Majesty The Queen’s Aureole (1954) and dual Arc de Triomphe winner Ribot (1956).

The 1970’s were the golden age for the King George with a string of famous winners. Triple Crown winner Nijinsky (1970) won this race and was followed by racing legends Mill Reef (1971) and Brigadier Gerard (1972). The brilliant French mare Dahlia won for Maurice Zilber in 1973 and 1974 before Grundy’s memorable victory in 1975.

Grundy went to Ascot as the winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby. He started 4-5 favourite despite the presence of hat-trick seeking Dahlia and St Leger winner Bustino. Connections of the Leger winner also ran Highest and Kinglet as pacemakers, intent on stretching Grundy’s stamina and playing to the strengths of Bustino. Grundy and Bustino duelled bravely all the way up the home straight with Grundy prevailing by half a length in a new race record time.

Other winners in the 1970’s included Derby winners The Minstrel (1977) and Troy (1979). Shergar added his name to the roll of honour in 1981 and was later joined by Dancing Brave (1986) and Nashwan (1989). Dancing Brave’s victory was seen as revenge over Epsom conqueror Shahrastani and he would later confirm his superiority with an electric performance in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Other Classic winners to prevail in the King George include Lammtarra (1995), Galileo (2001) and Hurricane Run (2006).

The star of recent years has been Enable who won the race a record three times for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Key King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Trials

The two key trials for the King George in recent years have been the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park. These two races account for five of the last twelve winners between them. Harbinger won the Hardwicke before smashing the course record in this race in 2010. Enable won the Eclipse in 2019 before claiming the second of her three King George victories.

This is no longer an automatic choice for Epsom Derby winners, although Adayar completed the double in 2021 for Godolphin, the first to do so since Galileo twenty years’ previously.

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2023 Odds

Listed below are the 2023 odds for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes:

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King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Previous Winners

Check out the previous winners of this race:

1951Supreme Court3Charlie ElliottEvan WilliamsVera Lilley2:29.40
1952Tulyar3Charlie SmirkeMarcus MarshHH Aga Khan III2:33.00
1953Pinza3Sir Gordon RichardsNorman BertieSir Victor Sassoon2:34.00
1954Aureole4Eph SmithCecil Boyd-RochfortQueen Elizabeth II2:44.00
1955Vimy3Roger PoinceletAlec HeadPierre Wertheimer2:33.76
1956Ribot4Enrico CamiciUgo PencoMario della Rocchetta2:40.24
1957Montaval4Freddie PalmerGeorges BridglandRalph B. Strassburger2:41.02
1958Ballymoss4Scobie BreasleyVincent O'BrienJohn McShain2:36.33
1959Alcide4Harry CarrCecil Boyd-RochfortSir Humphrey de Trafford2:31.39
1960Aggressor5Jimmy LindleyTowser GosdenSir Harold Wernher2:35.21
1961Right Royal3Roger PoinceletEtienne PolletElisabeth Couturié2:40.34
1962Match4Yves Saint-MartinFrançois MathetFrançois Dupré2:32.02
1963Ragusa3Garnie BougourePaddy PrendergastJim Mullion2:33.80
1964Nasram4Bill PyersErnie FellowsMrs Howell Jackson2:33.15
1965Meadow Court3Lester PiggottPaddy PrendergastBell / McMahon / Crosby2:33.27
1966Aunt Edith4Lester PiggottNoel MurlessJohn Hornung2:35.06
1967Busted4George MooreNoel MurlessStanhope Joel2:33.64
1968Royal Palace4Sandy BarclayNoel MurlessJim Joel2:33.22
1969Park Top5Lester PiggottBernard van Cutsem11th Duke of Devonshire2:32.46
1970Nijinsky3Lester PiggottVincent O'BrienCharles Engelhard2:36.16
1971Mill Reef3Geoff LewisIan BaldingPaul Mellon2:32.56
1972Brigadier Gerard4Joe MercerDick HernJean Hislop2:32.91
1973Dahlia3Bill PyersMaurice ZilberNelson Bunker Hunt2:30.43
1974Dahlia4Lester PiggottMaurice ZilberNelson Bunker Hunt2:33.03
1975Grundy3Pat EdderyPeter WalwynCarlo Vittadini2:26.98
1976Pawneese3Yves Saint-MartinAngel Penna Sr.Daniel Wildenstein2:29.36
1977The Minstrel3Lester PiggottVincent O'BrienRobert Sangster2:30.48
1978Ile de Bourbon3John ReidFulke Johnson HoughtonDavid McCall2:30.53
1979Troy3Willie CarsonDick HernSobell / Weinstock2:33.75
1980Ela-Mana-Mou4Willie CarsonDick HernSimon Weinstock2:35.39
1981Shergar3Walter SwinburnMichael StouteHH Aga Khan IV2:35.40
1982Kalaglow4Greville StarkeyGuy HarwoodTony Ward2:31.88
1983Time Charter4Joe MercerHenry CandyRobert Barnett2:30.79
1984Teenoso4Lester PiggottGeoff WraggEric Moller2:27.95
1985Petoski3Willie CarsonDick HernLady Beaverbrook2:27.61
1986Dancing Brave3Pat EdderyGuy HarwoodKhalid Abdullah2:29.49
1987Reference Point3Steve CauthenHenry CecilLouis Freedman2:34.63
1988Mtoto5Michael RobertsAlec StewartAhmed Al Maktoum2:37.33
1989Nashwan3Willie CarsonDick HernHamdan Al Maktoum2:32.27
1990Belmez3Michael KinaneHenry CecilSheikh Mohammed2:30.76
1991Generous3Alan MunroPaul ColePrince Fahd bin Salman2:28.99
1992St Jovite3Stephen CraineJim BolgerVirginia Kraft Payson2:30.85
1993Opera House5Michael RobertsMichael StouteSheikh Mohammed2:33.94
1994King's Theatre3Michael KinaneHenry CecilSheikh Moh'd / Poland [5]2:28.92
1995Lammtarra3Frankie DettoriSaeed bin SuroorSaeed bin M. Al Maktoum2:31.01
1996Pentire4Michael HillsGeoff WraggMollers Racing2:28.11
1997Swain5John ReidSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin2:36.45
1998Swain6Frankie DettoriSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin2:29.06
1999Daylami5Frankie DettoriSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin2:29.35
2000Montjeu4Michael KinaneJohn HammondMichael Tabor2:29.98
2001Galileo3Michael KinaneAidan O'BrienMagnier / Tabor2:27.71
2002Golan4Kieren FallonMichael StouteExors of Lord Weinstock2:29.70
2003Alamshar3Johnny MurtaghJohn OxxHH Aga Khan IV2:33.26
2004Doyen4Frankie DettoriSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin2:33.18
2005Azamour [a]4Michael KinaneJohn OxxHH Aga Khan IV2:28.26
2006Hurricane Run4Christophe SoumillonAndré FabreMichael Tabor2:30.29
2007Dylan Thomas4Johnny MurtaghAidan O'BrienMagnier / Tabor2:31.11
2008Duke of Marmalade4Johnny MurtaghAidan O'BrienMagnier / Tabor2:27.91
2009Conduit4Ryan MooreMichael StouteBallymacoll Stud2:28.73
2010Harbinger4Olivier PeslierMichael StouteHighclere "Admiral Rous"2:26.78
2011Nathaniel3William BuickJohn GosdenLady Rothschild2:35.07
2012Danedream4Andrasch StarkePeter SchiergenBurg Eberstein / Yoshida2:31.62
2013Novellist4Johnny MurtaghAndreas WohlerChristoph Berglar2:24.60
2014Taghrooda3Paul HanaganJohn GosdenHamdan Al Maktoum2:28.13
2015Postponed4Andrea AtzeniLuca CumaniMohammed Obaid Al Maktoum2:31.25
2016Highland Reel4Ryan MooreAidan O'BrienMagnier / Tabor/ Smith2:28.97
2017Enable3Frankie DettoriJohn GosdenKhalid Abdullah2:36.22
2018Poet's Word5James DoyleMichael StouteSaeed Suhail2:25.84
2019Enable5Frankie DettoriJohn GosdenKhalid Abdullah2:32.42
2020Enable6Frankie DettoriJohn GosdenKhalid Abdullah2:28.92
2021Adayar3William BuickCharlie ApplebyGodolphin2:26.54
2022Pyledriver5P. J. McDonaldWilliam Muir & Chris GrassickLa Pyle Partnership2:29.49
2023Hukum6Jim CrowleyOwen BurrowsShadwell Racing2:33.95

What Happened In The Previous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Check out this result from the Ascot Racecourse:

Favourites have a good record in this race, winning 11 of the last twenty runnings. This includes a sequence of six consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2009 and five out of six between 2016 and 2021.

The only defeated favourite in recent years was in 2018 when Crystal Ocean (6-4) was beaten by stable companion Poet’s Word (7-4).

Enable started 5-4 for her first King George in 2017 and was odds-on in both of her subsequent victories.

There has not been a single double-figure priced winner of the King George in the last twenty years, the closest to it being 9-1 shot Danedream in 2012.

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Stats

Horses aged three and four had dominated this race between 2000 and 2018 before Poet’s Word won at the age of five and Enable won as a five and as a six-year-old. Adayar (2021) restored the balance when following up his Epsom Derby victory in good style.

The last twelve King George winners had all won previously over a mile and a half and all had won at least once at Group 1 or Group 2 level.

An official rating of 118 or higher is usually required to win this race. Nathaniel (2011) and Taghrooda (2014) were just below that mark on 115 and 116 respectively while the highest rated was Enable (128 in 2020).

Top Trainers and Jockeys

Sir Michael Stoute is the leading trainer in the history of the King George with six winners. He famously won with Shergar in 1981 with his five subsequent victories were courtesy of Opera House (1993), Golan (2002), Conduit (2009), Harbinger (2010) and Poet’s Word (2018).

John Gosden has five victories to his credit, three of them with Enable. His other winners were Nathaniel (2011) and Taghrooda (2014). Saeed bin Suroor has also won it five times, but his most recent was Doyen back in 2004.

Frankie Dettori equalled Lester Piggott’s record of seven King George winners when riding Enable to her third victory in 2020. His other successes came aboard Lammtarra (1995), Swain (1998), Daylami (1999) and Doyen (2004).

Betting on the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has a lively ante-post market which usually takes shape after the Royal Ascot. There is additional interest when the Epsom Derby winner is declared.

Favourites have a terrific record in this showpiece event and it is seldom a race in which to look beyond the obvious.

Six of the last eleven King George winners won on their next outing. Enable went on to win the Yorkshire Oaks in 2017 and 2019 and subsequently won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2017. Danedream (2012) and Novellist (2013) won the Grosser Preis Von Baden on their next start with Postponed (2015) taking the Prix Foy at Longchamp.

Popular Questions

How many times did enable win the King George v1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot?

Enable won the King George v1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes a total of 3 times, 2017, 2019 and 2020.

What distance is the King George v1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes?

King George v1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has a distance of 1 mile, 3 furlongs and 211yards.

Summary of the King George VI and Quen Elizabeth Stakes

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is one of the highlights of the flat racing season.

It has a rich history and has been won by many legends of the turf.

It can produce a fascinating clash of the generations with Adayar becoming the latest Derby winner on the roll of honour in 2021.