The Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes is one of the top sprint races in the World and currently takes place on the opening day of Royal Ascot.
The King’s Stand Stakes takes place on the 18th June 2024.
There have been twelve dual winners of the race, the most recent being Sole Power (2013, 2014) and Blue Point (2018, 2019).
The International nature of the race is illustrated in recent times by winners from Hong Kong, France, America and Australia.
Find out more about The King’s Stand today:
- 1 King’s Stand – The Race Overview
- 2 Famous King’s Stand Stakes Winners & History
- 3 Key King’s Stand Stakes Trials
- 4 King’s Stand Stakes Betting Trends
- 5 King’s Stand Stakes 2023 Odds
- 6 King’s Stand Stakes Tips
- 7 King’s Stand Stakes Previous Winners
- 8 King’s Stand Stakes Previous Result
- 9 King’s Stand Stakes Stats
- 10 Top Trainers and Jockeys of The King’s Stand
- 11 Betting on the King’s Stand Stakes
- 11.1 Tote Bet 5 Get 20
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- 12 Popular Questions
- 13 Summary of The King’s Stands Stakes
- 14 2023 Royal Ascot Festival Posts
- 15 Resources
King’s Stand – The Race Overview
The King’s Stand Stakes is over five furlongs and is the second of three Group 1 races on the first day of Royal Ascot in June.
They go flat out from the starting gates for this one so a slow start can be very costly.
The race usually features battle-hardened sprinters and there are rarely excuses for beaten horses.
Famous King’s Stand Stakes Winners & History
The race emerged almost by accident when heavy ground in 1860 meant the two-mile Royal Stand Plate was replaced by a five-furlong sprint. This then became the Queen’s Stand Plate and finally the King’s Stand Stakes in 1901 following the death of Queen Victoria and the accession of King Edward VII.
The race was awarded Group 1 status in 1973, demoted to Group 2 in 1988 and re-instated at the highest level in 2008.
The first dual winner was Woolsthorpe (1895, 1897), a feat matched on eleven subsequent occasions. These include Sole Power who was a hugely popular sprinter trained in Ireland by Ed Lynam.
Sole Power burst onto the scene when winning the 2010 Nunthorpe Stakes at York at odds of 100-1. He finished eighth in this race in 2011 and third in 2012 before claiming back-to-back victories in 2013 and 2014. He started favourite for a record third victory in 2015 but had to settle for third behind Goldream.
Godolphin’s Blue Point was the most recent dual winner in 2018 and 2019, defeating Battaash on both occasions. The runner-up finally had the stage to himself in 2020 when winning impressively for Charles Hills and Jim Crowley. He was favourite to add his name to the list of two-time winners in 2021 but faded to finish fourth behind Oxted.
Other popular King’s Stand Stakes winners include Solinus (1978), Marwell (1981), Habibti (1984), Never So Bold (1985), Dayjur (1990) and Lochsong (1994).
Key King’s Stand Stakes Trials
Four of the last twelve winners ran at Haydock before winning here, although only Profitable (2016) won both races.
Oxted (2021) ran in the Duke of York Stakes over six furlongs before dropping back in distance to win here.
King’s Stand Stakes Betting Trends
Surprisingly, Battaash (2020) was the only winning favourite in the past 12 seasons, although most winners were well-fancied. He returned at 5-6 favourite and there have been five successful second-favourites during the same period.
Sole Power (2014), Profitable (2016), Lady Aurelia (2017), Blue Point (2019) and Oxted (2021) were all second-best in the market.
Goldream (2015) was the only real surprise in recent seasons, returning at 20-1.
Little Bridge (2012) was a 12-1 chance and Sole Power was 8-1 when recording his first victory here in 2013.
Earlier previous upsets were provided by Equiano (22-1 in 2008) and Choisir (25-1 in 2003), trained in France and Australia respectively.
King’s Stand Stakes 2023 Odds
Listed below are the latest odds for the King’s Stand Stakes in June 2023:
These odds have not yet been released.
King’s Stand Stakes Tips
Here are some tips for King’s Stand Stakes in June 2023:
- 2 points to win for TBC
- 1 point each way for TBC
Some horses from the King’s Stand Stakes will take part in other races throughout the year. Watch the horses carefully to see how they run and place your ante-post bets.
For more racing tips on races at Ascot Course, look at our guide.
King’s Stand Stakes Previous Winners
Take a look at the previous winners from the King’s Stand Stakes:
|1970||Amber Rama||3||Yves Saint-Martin||François Mathet||Arpad Plesch||0:59.30|
|1971||Swing Easy||3||Lester Piggott||Jeremy Tree||Jock Whitney||1:09.20|
|1972||Sweet Revenge||5||Geoff Lewis||Atty Corbett||Mrs B Attenborough||1:01.90|
|1973||Abergwaun||5||Lester Piggott||Vincent O'Brien||Charles St George||1:02.70|
|1974||Bay Express||3||Brian Taylor||Peter Nelson||P Miller||0:59.91|
|1975||Flirting Around||4||Yves Saint-Martin||Robert Carver||A Hausmann||1:00.39|
|1976||Lochnager||4||Edward Hide||Mick Easterby||Charles Spence||1:02.30|
|1977||Godswalk||3||Lester Piggott||Vincent O'Brien||Robert Sangster||1:02.20|
|1978||Solinus||3||Lester Piggott||Vincent O'Brien||Danny Schwartz||1:02.61|
|1979||Double Form||4||John Reid||Fulke Johnson Houghton||Baroness H. Thyssen||1:01.03|
|1980||African Song||3||Pat Eddery||Paul Kelleway||Geoffrey Kaye||1:02.30|
|1981||Marwell||3||Walter Swinburn||Michael Stoute||Sir Edmund Loder||1:00.40|
|1982||Fearless Lad||3||Edward Hide||Dick Peacock||G. Soulsby||1:01.40|
|1983||Sayf El Arab||3||Taffy Thomas||Bill O'Gorman||Moufid F. Dabaghi||1:00.10|
|1984||Habibti||4||Willie Carson||John Dunlop||Mohamed Mutawa||1:01.70|
|1985||Never So Bold||5||Lester Piggott||Robert Armstrong||Edward Kessly||1:01.70|
|1986||Last Tycoon||3||Cash Asmussen||Robert Collet||Richard C. Strauss||0:59.28|
|1987||Bluebird||3||Cash Asmussen||Vincent O'Brien||Robert Sangster||1:05.25|
|1988||Chilibang||4||Willie Carson||John Dunlop||Janice Heinz||1:00.61|
|1989||Indian Ridge||4||Steve Cauthen||David Elsworth||Anne Coughlan||1:01.36|
|1990||Dayjur||3||Willie Carson||Dick Hern||Hamdan Al Maktoum||1:01.96|
|1991||Elbio||4||Steve Cauthen||Peter Makin||Brian Brackpool||1:01.40|
|1992||Sheikh Albadou||4||Walter Swinburn||Alex Scott||Hilal Salem||1:00.50|
|1993||Elbio||6||Walter Swinburn||Peter Makin||Brian Brackpool||1:03.08|
|1994||Lochsong||6||Frankie Dettori||Ian Balding||Jeff Smith||1:00.73|
|1995||Piccolo||4||Richard Hughes||Mick Channon||John White & Partners||0:59.67|
|1996||Pivotal||3||George Duffield||Sir Mark Prescott||Cheveley Park Stud||0:59.49|
|1997||Don't Worry Me||5||Olivier Peslier||Guy Henrot||Jean-François Gribomont||1:01.95|
|1998||Bolshoi||6||Carl Lowther||Jack Berry||David & Trish Brown||1:01.16|
|1999||Mitcham||3||Richard Quinn||Terry Mills||Terry Mills||1:00.58|
|2000||Nuclear Debate||5||Gérald Mossé||John Hammond||Bob Chester||1:01.13|
|2001||Cassandra Go||5||Michael Roberts||Geoff Wragg||Trevor Stewart||1:00.49|
|2002||Dominica||3||Martin Dwyer||Marcus Tregoning||Bobby & Helen Kennard||1:00.89|
|2003||Choisir||4||Johnny Murtagh||Paul Perry||Terry Wallace & Partners||0:59.68|
|2004||The Tatling||7||Darryll Holland||Milton Bradley||Dab Hand Racing||1:00.16|
|2005||Chineur [a]||4||Christophe Lemaire||Mikel Delzangles||Marquesa de Moratalla||0:57.55|
|2006||Takeover Target||7||Jay Ford||Joe Janiak||Joe & Ben Janiak||0:59.79|
|2007||Miss Andretti||6||Craig Newitt||Lee Freedman||Buckley / Mueller / Guenzi||0:57.44|
|2008||Equiano||3||Olivier Peslier||Mauricio Delcher Sánchez||James Acheson||0:59.35|
|2009||Scenic Blast||5||Steven Arnold||Daniel Morton||Elio Galante & Partners||0:59.54|
|2010||Equiano||5||Michael Hills||Barry Hills||James Acheson||0:59.00|
|2011||Prohibit||6||Jim Crowley||Robert Cowell||Dasmal / Rix / Barr et al.||0:59.50|
|2012||Little Bridge||6||Zac Purton||Danny Shum||Ko Kam Piu||0:59.69|
|2013||Sole Power||6||Johnny Murtagh||Edward Lynam||Mrs S. Power||0:58.88|
|2014||Sole Power||7||Richard Hughes||Edward Lynam||Mrs S. Power||0:58.95|
|2015||Goldream||6||Martin Harley||Robert Cowell||J Sargeant & J Morley||0:59.11|
|2016||Profitable||4||Adam Kirby||Clive Cox||Alan Spence||1:02.69|
|2017||Lady Aurelia||3||John Velazquez||Wesley Ward||Stonestreet Stables, Bolton & Leidel||0:57.45|
|2018||Blue Point||4||William Buick||Charlie Appleby||Godolphin||0:58.14|
|2019||Blue Point||5||James Doyle||Charlie Appleby||Godolphin||0:58.53|
|2020||Battaash||6||Jim Crowley||Charles Hills||Hamdan Al Maktoum||0:58.64|
|2021||Oxted||5||Cieren Fallon||Roger Teal||Piper, Hirschfeld, Fish & Collins||0:59.03|
|2022||Nature Strip||7||James McDonald||Chris Waller||R A E Lyons, P D Harrison Et Al||0:58.25|
|2023||Bradsell||3||Hollie Doyle||Archie Watson||Victorious Racing||1:00.91|
King’s Stand Stakes Previous Result
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King’s Stand Stakes Stats
Key King’s Stands facts:
- The age group 4-6 has fared best in recent times.
- Lady Aurelia did win as a three-year-old for American Trainer Wesley Ward in 2017 but the last UK-trained three-year-old winner was Dominica for Marcus Tregoning in 2002.
- The Tatling (2004), Takeover Target (2006) and Sole Power (2014) all won at the age of seven.
- All but two of the last twenty winners had won at least once at Group race level and around two-thirds of them had been first or second on their most recent start.
- A rating of at least 113 is usually required to win the King’s Stand. Battaash (126) was the highest officially rated recent winner going into the race.
Top Trainers and Jockeys of The King’s Stand
No trainer or jockey has been able to dominate this race in recent times.
Lester Piggott’s seven winners between 1957 and 1985 is still the all-time record. His winners were Right Boy (1957), Majority Rule (1963), Swing Easy (1971), Abergwaun (1973), Godswalk (1977), Solinus (1978) and Never So Bold (1985). Four of them were trained by Vincent O’Brien who had a record five winners in total, the last being Bluebird in 1987.
Frankie Dettori’s only King’s Stand winner came aboard Lochsong in 1994.
The last ten winners have been ridden by ten different jockeys. Jim Crowley (Battaash 2020) had also won on Prohibit (2011), trained by Robert Cowell, also the trainer of Goldream (2015).
Betting on the King’s Stand Stakes
The King’s Stand Stakes is a popular ante-post betting race in the build-up to Royal Ascot.
Betting often centres around the reigning champion and there are usually some enticing offers for new customers including enhanced odds on the favourite.
There can also be some each-way value, particularly if taking the time to study the form of the overseas raiders who can sometimes be under-rated by UK bookmakers.
The most obvious target for King’s Stand Stakes winners is the five-furlong Nunthorpe Stakes at York’s Ebor meeting. Sole Power completed the double in 2014 and Lady Aurelia came within a whisker of doing so in 2017.
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How long is the King’s Stand Stakes?
The distance of the King’s Stand Stakes is a total of 5 furlongs.
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Summary of The King’s Stands Stakes
The King’s Stand Stakes is the ultimate speed test at Royal Ascot with recent winners Blue Point and Battaash capturing the public’s imagination.
There are few more exciting sights in racing than the raw speed of these Group 1 sprinters hurtling up the straight at Royal Ascot.
There is always a strong International challenge to add to the mix on an enthralling opening day of the Royal meeting.
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