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2022 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips - Who will prevail in Ascot thriller?

By Jon Vine
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  • Tips and odds for the 2022 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes
  • This Group One will be run at Ascot on Saturday 23rd July
  • Westover currently tops the betting
  • Mishriff, Torquator Tasso, Broome and Pyledriver will represent the older generation
  • Emily Upjohn is our best bet at 2/1
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Emily Upjohn (left) losing out to Tuesday in the Epsom Oaks. (Getty)
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On Saturday, one of the biggest races of the season takes place at Ascot, 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, has been won by legends like Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Dahlia, Shergar, Galileo and the only three-time winner, Enable.

We've taken a look through the betting for this year's King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and picked out our best bets.

2022 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Odds


Name
Odds
Westover5/4
Emily Upjohn5/2
Mishriff7/2
Torquator Tasso7/1
Pyledriver18/1
Broome18/1

*Odds taken on 19/7/22*

2022 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Entries


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Westover is currently the favourite to win Saturday's main event. Ralph Beckett's colt stayed on after hitting traffic problems to finish third in the Epsom Derby, before bolting up in the Irish version of the Derby at the Curragh last time out.

Emily Upjohn had been due to carry a very short price into the Irish Oaks on Saturday. Yet, travel complications forced John Gosden's filly to remain in Britain and the team have now set their sights on a tilt at the King George.

Mishriff will step back up in trip, after a luckless second behind Vadeni in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. Last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero, Torquator Tasso will make the journey over from Germany to take part in this historic race.

William Muir's stable star, Pyledriver and the impressive winner of the Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot last month, Broome completes the small, select field.

2022 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips


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Westover is clearly talented. However, I think he's exceptionally short in the betting for what he's actually achieved. 

I thought Desert Crown was a hugely impressive winner of the Derby. A class above the rest of the field. He was already being eased down two furlongs from home and anyone who suggests that Westover would have won with a clear run needs to give their head a wobble. 

The Irish Derby was a weak contest. Tuesday was clearly feeling her run in the Oaks and Ryan Moore held her too far away from the pace. Piz Badile did nothing to bolster that form either, when he finished last of six in the Grand Prix de Paris last week.

None of the four older horses in Saturday's main event can be ruled out.

Mishriff ran a cracker in the Coral-Eclipse and I'm not worried about this step up in trip. If Torquator Tasso likes the fast ground, he could be a player, and it would be foolish to write off either Broome or Pyledriver, who're both very capable horses on their day.

The one I'm going to side with, though, is the other three-year-old in the field, EMILY UPJOHN, who will have both weight and sex allowances on her side at Ascot.

Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong for John Gosden's filly in the Epsom Oaks. Frankie Dettori's mount was very slowly away. She was keen at the rear of the field for the first quarter of the race and forced widest of all as the field came around Tattenham corner.

Despite those problems, Dettori's mount was still tanking along as she moved into contention. Just when it seemed like an Emily Upjohn victory was inevitable, little Tuesday battled back bravely on the run to the line and the head-bob favoured Aidan O'Brien's filly.

Emily Upjohn may have lost her unbeaten record that day, but she left Epsom with her reputation fully intact. Tuesday may have been beaten in the Irish Derby last time out, but she had excuses and Nashwa has come out and boosted the Oaks form with a Group One victory of her own since. 

John Gosden has won the King George with two fillies, both of whom won the Oaks before arriving at Ascot. Although she didn't win that Epsom Classic, I truly believe that Emily Upjohn is cut from a similar cloth to both Taghrooda and Enable. Missing the Irish Oaks last weekend could turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
GB

Verdict

With all of those allowances on her side, Emily Upjohn could take the world of beating in Saturday's King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

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