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2018 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips: Poet's Word heavily-backed to win Group 1

The Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes features a quality field in 2018
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips & Betting Predictions
Poet's Word looks a top chance at Royal Ascot. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

2018 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips & Betting Predictions


There has been a big betting move for Poet's Word in the upcoming King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Ascot and he has overtaken Crystal Ocean as the race favourite.

The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes always produces a high-quality winner and that's likely to be the situation this year with a talented field of Group 1 contenders. Will the big plunge on Poet's Word land on July 29?

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Best Bet - Poet's Word


Five-year-old horse Poet's Word has been the subject of a big betting plunge and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained runner will be carrying a lot of public support for the Royal Ascot feature.

Coming into the race with a win in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes under his belt, Poet's Word will be looking to make it back-to-back Group 1 victories and he looks to have all the ability to do so. His 2.25-length win over race-rival Cracksman is going to be a good form guide for this and punters have cottoned on.

Having winning experience on this track is a big bonus and despite the 2.87 being a touch short of value, he looks tough to beat.

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Best Each Way - Crystal Ocean


We're not sure if Crystal Ocean will pay a value price to win but he must be considered a winning hope. The four-year-old colt was brilliant in winning the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes last start and although it wasn't run at the highest level, it's still going to be a good form guide.

The stablemate to Poet's Word is vying for four consecutive wins after also scoring at Sandown and Newbury. He's a colt on the rise and the son of Sea The Stars could get the better of his stablemate.

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Best Roughie - Cracksman


Punters wouldn't have got 9.00 for Cracksman a few months ago and he's capable of turning that form around. The seven-time winner has Group 1-winning experience when taking out the Coronation Cup and although beaten last start, that must be respected here.

He's too good to ignore and the 9.00 is a great price.

Best Bet: Poet's Word @ 2.87
Best Each Way: Crystal Ocean @ 3.00
Best Roughie: Cracksman @ 9.00
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