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When is the 2023 King's Stand Stakes?

By Conrad Castleton
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21 Jun 2022
  • We bring you the dates and vital information about the 2023 King's Stand Stakes
  • The 2023 King's Stand Stakes will be run on day one of Royal Ascot on Tuesday 14th June
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James McDonald riding Nature Strip celebrates victory in the The King's Stand Stakes during Royal Ascot 2022. (Getty)
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When is the 2022 King's Stand Stakes?

The 2023 King's Stand Stakes takes place on day one of Royal Ascot on Tuesday 20th June, 2022. All five days of Royal Ascot 2022 will be shown live on ITV Racing.

What is the King's Stand Stakes?

The King's Stand Stakes is the second Group One race on the opening day of Royal Ascot. This thrilling sprint race is staged the minimum trip of five furlongs and open to horses of three-years-old and above.

Who won the King's Stand Stakes?

Chris Waller's Australian raider, Nature Strip ran out a superb winner of the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2023.

Which horses will run in the 2023 King's Stand Stakes?

Chris Waller could return to Royal Ascot with Nature Strip and Home Affairs in 2023. Twilight Calls and Acklam Express both placed in 2022 and could try to go one better in 2023. Flaming Rib, Flotus and Cadamosto could also enter the King's Stand Stakes.

Where is the King's Stand Stakes run?

The King's Stand Stakes takes place at Ascot racecourse, situated in Berkshire, England.

Where can I watch the King's Stand Stakes?

The 2023 King's Stand Stakes will be shown live on ITV and RacingTV. If you plan on watching the racing via your mobile or tablet, then bookmakers such as bet365 will allow you to stream the race live.

King's Stand Stakes Live Streaming 

The bet365 live streaming service covers a wide range of horse racing on a daily basis. Here's how to stream the 2023 King's Stand Stakes live online:

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  3. Registered depositing users can then watch and bet on live horse racing.

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King's Stand Stakes History

The introduction of the King's Stand Stakes wasn't by design, but due to inclement weather.

The Royal Stand Plate was to be run over two miles, but due to the heavy rain only five furlongs of the track was able to be used. Subsequently, the long-distance thoroughbreds had to run over the much shorter distance of 1000m.

It has since become the most popular and most important sprint race at the Royal Ascot carnival.

Despite its popularity, the race was downgraded to Group 2 status in 1988 but regained its top billing in 2008.

The past winners' list is lengthy and it includes many champion sprinters from all around the world. Little Bridge gave the Hong Kong connections of Danny Shum and owner Ko Kam Piu a win in 2012 and the Australians have a great record.

Choisir won in 2003 before Takeover Target won three years later in 2006. Takeover Target was a $1000 purchase for Joe and Ben Janiak, and it's one of the greatest tales in Australian thoroughbred history.

Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast continued the Australian dominance in the years to come, but no Australian runner has won since 2009.

Lester Piggott holds the record for most wins (7) and trainer Vincent O'Brien scored five wins with the latest coming with Bluebird in 1987.

After his retirement, Aidan O'Brien (no relation) took over Ballymore Stables, but has yet to win a King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The winning times of the King's Stand Stakes aren't typically impressive, so many runners don't need to break the one-minute mark to win, however, 2017 winner Lady Aurelia produced a big effort to win in 0:57.45.

The smart American-bred sprinter was a three-length winner over Profitable and although the favourite was beaten (Marsha at 11/4) there were plenty of punters cashing their tickets on Lady Aurelia.

Goldream caused an upset at odds of 25/1 in 2015 when winning for Robert Cowell. The son of Oasis Dream wasn't fancied to beat two-time winner Sole Power, which had won the previous two editions.

Punters had cashed in with Sole Power which paid 5/1 in 2014 and 8/1 in 2013. 

It takes a good horse to win the King's Stand Stakes, but international form stacks up extremely well over the sprinting distance.

In 2018, Blue Point upset Battaash and defending champion, Lady Aurelia to win the King’s Stand Stakes.

The following year, Blue Point retained his Kings’ Stand Stakes crown in excellent fashion, before landing a historic Royal Ascot double just four days later by winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Chris Waller's Australian raider, Nature Strip handed his European rivals a sound thrashing to win the 2022 King's Stand Stakes.


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