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When is the 2017 King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is run at Ascot every July. This year it will take place on Saturday July 29 with the race scheduled for 3:35pm BST.

Who will run in the 2017 King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes?

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a 1 mile 4 furlong (2,414 metres) Group 1 and is open to all horses aged 3 years and over. It is, therefore, Britain's most prestigious open aged flat race and so attracts a high calibre of entrants. Horses that run in the King George tend to progress to the illustrious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

In 2011 the race became part of the Breeders Cup Challenge Series and the winner of the King George now gains automatic entry to the Breeders Cup Turf.

2017 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Runners

Runners for the 2017 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes will appear here when the field is finalised.

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Winners

Ascot King George Results Since 2010

YearWinnerAgeJockeyTrainerTime2nd Place3rd Place
2010Harbinger4Olivier PeslierSir Michael Stoute2:26:78Cape BlancoYoumzain
2011Nathaniel3William BuickJohn Gosden2:35:07WorkforceSt Nicholas Abbey
2012Danedream4Andrasch StarkePeter Schiergen2:31:62NathanielSt Nicholas Abbey
2013Novellist4Johnny MurtaghAndreas Wohler2:24:60Trading LeatherHillstar
2014Taghrooda3Paul HanaganJohn Gosden2:28:13TelescopeMukhadram
2015Postponed4Andrea AtzeniLuca Cumani2:31:25Eagle TopRomsdal
2016Highland Reel4Ryan MooreAidan O'Brien2:28:97Wings of DesireDartmouth

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2016 Race Replay

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2017 Tips

The feature contest at Ascot’s popular July meeting is the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes. This Group 1, mile-and-a-half contest is part of the historic British Champions Series, with many of its entrants looking to claim a historic victory, ahead of a possible outing in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe later in the summer. 

Highland Reel (11/8 William Hill) added his name to the illustrious roll of honour in this great race last year, when he made all the running and comfortably saw off Wings Of Desire (33/1 SkyBet) by almost two lengths. A couple of runner-up finishes followed in the International Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, before Aidan O’Brien’s charge claimed a superb victory of Flintshire in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

An off-season venture to Meydan ended in disappointment, but the five-year-old son of Galieo has been superb back on British soil this year. With Ryan Moore in the saddle, Highland Reel cruised to a comfortable victory in the Coronation Cup, before dropping down in trip at Ascot to claim the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes title. Decorated Knight and Ulysses (6/1 William Hill) made him work hard for that win, but he will be much more comfortable over this longer trip and O’Brien’s stable star is clearly in formidable form.

That third place finish was Ulysses’ best performance in Group 1 company and, at one stage,  it looked like he or Decorated Knight would pip the favourite to the line, until Highland Reel found an extra gear and put the race to bed. Sir Michael Stoute then sent his young charge to the Coral-Eclipse to battle it out with the well-backed three-year-olds. He and Barney Roy engaged in a furious battle over the final couple of furlongs, but it was Ulysses who prevailed after a photo finish, sealing the biggest win of his short career.

Cliffs Of Moher (16/1 SkyBet) started the Coral-Eclipse as the favourite after being pipped to the post in the Derby by Wings Of Eagles. Rounding the first bend at Sandown, Decorated Knight became unbalanced, toppling into Aidan O’Brien’s favourite and Ryan Moore did very well just to keep his place in the saddle. Despite that major setback, he ran on well to pass the post fourth, but this will be a much tougher task for the three-year-old, especially over this longer trip.

Taghrooda was the most recent female winner of this great race, so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Enable (6/1 Ladbrokes) feature at Ascot. Her Sire, Nathaniel won this title back in 2011, but the Yorkshire Oaks would be the most likely option for John Gosden’s star filly.

All eyes were on Dartmouth (16/1 Ladbrokes) at Royal Ascot, as he attempted to retain the Hardwicke Stakes title he won so impressively for the Queen in 2016. The five-year-old failed to recreate the superb winning run he produced on his reappearance in the Yorkshire Cup and had to settle for fourth as Idaho (6/1 William Hill) powered to an impressive victory.

That was the Ballydoyle resident’s first victory since a two length triumph in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York last August. A stumble saw Seamie Heffernan unseated in the St Leger and he was fairly uncompetitive in the Canadian International Stakes and the Coronation Cup, but after claiming Royal Ascot glory in decisive fashion, he has to be considered a danger.

Hawkbill (16/1 bet365) tried to stay with Highland Reel in the Coronation Cup, but the winner proved too difficult to pass and he eventually fell away to finish third. Godolphin stablemate, Frontiersman (16/1 Ladbrokes) took up the challenge and recorded a career best effort with a good runner-up finish at Epsom.

They renewed rivalries in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket’s July Festival, after both skipped an appearance at Royal Ascot. Hawkbill led for much of that contest, but it was Frontiersman who was travelling best with a furlong to go. As William Buick’s mount began to wander around the track, James Doyle kept Hawkbill on the straight and narrow, staying strong to claim the bragging rights over his highly-fancied stablemate.

Jack Hobbs (10/1 bet365) has become a bit of an enigma for John Gosden, who must be very frustrated at his five-year-old’s lack of consistency. Injuries meant he only featured twice during 2016, pulling up in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket before finishing third in the Champion Stakes here in October. 

Following an impressive victory in the Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup day, he went to post as the favourite ahead of Highland Reel in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes. The ground proved too quick for him that day and he trailed over the line last, but if the word “soft” features somewhere in the Ascot going description, he could be a big player.  

Bentatl (20/1 SkyBet) and Permian (20/1 William Hill) boosted the Derby form by claiming prestigious titles at Royal Ascot. Their trainers will have one eye on the Great Voltigeur at York, for which they are both listed amongst the favourites, so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if neither features in the final field.

My Dream Boat (33/1 Ladbrokes) may be in the midst of a long winless run, but the former Prince Of Wales’s Stakes champion has pulled off several upsets in his time and he isn’t a stranger to the winners’ enclosure on races of this stature. 

Desert Encounter (50/1 Ladbrokes) produced a strong late finish to claim third in the Coral-Eclipse and he scored over course-and-distance in the Listed Buckhounds Stakes on his reappearance. This will be a very stiff test for David Simcock’s five-year-old, but he could challenge for a place.

Highland Reel is one of the best horses on the planet at the moment. He’s a proven Group 1 winner, at the top of his form and it’s going to be extremely difficult for any of the other entrants to deny the champion retaining his crown. That being said, ante-post betting is about finding value and the name that stands out at an appealing each-way price is DARTMOUTH.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge is one of the few horses in the field to have beaten Highland Reel in recent times, having headed the favourite in last year’s Hardwicke. Highland Reel gained revenge in this race last year, leaving Dartmouth three lengths behind in third, but the ground was unsuitably firm for the Queen’s horse that day and if the going is genuinely good or even softer, he has the potential to run well above his current odds.

29/7/2017 3:30pm Ascot King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes selection – DARTMOUTH each-way (16/1 Ladbrokes)

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