2023 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips
At the end of July, one of the biggest races of the season takes place at Ascot racecourse, as many of the world's best racehorses clash in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
This historic Group One, which was first run back in 1951. It's run over a distance of 12 furlongs and open to all horses of three-years-old and above.
Legends like Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Dahlia, Shergar and Galileo have won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The only horse to win this race three times is Enable, who scored in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Key Facts
|Date||Saturday July 29, 2023|
|Race Type||Set weights|
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Card
The King George is the only major race on the day, which features a total of seven races.
|Race No.||Race Name|
|2||Class 2 Handicap|
|4||King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes|
|5||Pat Eddery Stakes|
|6||Class 3 Handicap|
|7||Class 3 Handicap|
2023 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting selections & tips
Our guide to this huge race will be published in the days leading up to the main event.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes history
The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes was added to the Royal Ascot carnival in 1948, three years after it was introduced.
Established in 1951 as a result of two races coming together, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has since become one of the biggest races in the UK.
With a big prize purse, it's Britain's second richest race behind only The Derby and it was added to the Breeders' Cup Challenge in 2011 which saw its popularity rise.
Sir Michael Stoute trained the trifecta in 2009 with Conduit defeating stablemates Ask and Tartan Bearer.
Stoute scored consecutive victories in the race when winning with Harbinger to win in 2010. The champion thoroughbred scored by a record margin of 11 lengths.
It has been a good race for the international runners with winners including German champion Danedream, which captured many of the biggest races in the UK.
The German runners have had a good history in this race, winning again with Novellist. The Andres Wohler-trained four-year-old won by five lengths in a course record time.
Postponed, Highland Reel and Enable scored from 2015 to 2017, much to the delight of the breeding stables and having this race on your record adds a great deal of stud value.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting guide
Four consecutive favourites won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes from 2006-2009.
Hurricane Run scored at short odds in 2006 and that was followed up by quality wins from Dylan Thomas (5/4), Duke of Marmalade (4/6) and Conduit (13/8).
Danedream (9/1) and Novellist (13/2) were at good each way money for the German punters and there were numerous big bets placed on the quality types.
Highland Reel and Enable got punters back on track when scoring at short odds.
Three runners in the last 12 years entered the race without a Group 1 victory to their name. Harbinger, Nathaniel and Postponed hadn't scored at the highest level before taking out the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Group 1 form is key for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes as the last 12 winners have had a combined 21 Group 1 wins beside their names.
Winning form is also important. Seven of the last 12 winners have all won their last start before the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Having experience at this distance is another key betting trend punters should be looking at.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes trends
- 12 of the last 12 winners had at least two runs that season.
- Four-year-olds have won nine of the last 12 races.
- Look for runners with a rating of 116 or higher. 10 of the last 12 winners have all had ratings of 116 or more.