2023 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Betting Odds at Ascot racecourse

Saturday, 29 July 2023

King Of Steel and Auguste Rodin are the horses that could take all the beating over one mile and four furlongs, with the 2023 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes set to be an intriguing encounter. Roger Varian saddles the former and there was an impressive victory last time out, while Auguste Rodin has won his past two encounters.

Emily Upjohn will be carrying more weight although the filly has demonstrated her class over the two races this season and there could be more to come, while Pyledriver and Hukum mean that we have several contenders who could be in the mix. Check out the latest price boosts from the bookmakers to see where the money is going.

2023 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes Tips

King Of Steel was sent off as the 11/10 favourite in the King Edward VII Stakes, with the horse making no mistake in the Group 2 encounter. There was plenty to like about this performance over one mile and four furlongs, with the runner landing the spoils by three and a half lengths, with this charge perhaps the one to beat.

However, Auguste Rodin has scored back to back victories and it was a fairly straightforward win in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained charge obliging as the 4/11 favourite. The horse had previously won the English Derby when beating King Of Steel, although the latter surprised everyone by outrunning his 66/1 odds.

Emily Upjohn will be hoping to get in on the action, with the filly having more weight than the majority of the field, although the four-year-old looked to be in strong condition when finishing second to Paddington in the Coral-Eclipse. There was only half a length between the mare and the 8/11 favourite.

Pyledriver is an older horse that has been performing well recently, with the William Muir & Chris Grassick-trained runner having run strongly in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes. This victory came after a lengthy absence and we also expect Hukum to follow up some victories with a solid performance at Sandown Park.

2022 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Tips

We’re counting down towards this big race at Ascot, with Desert Crown likely to take all the beating and some bookmakers have this horse at odds-on ahead of this showdown on 23 July. This is a race over one mile and four furlongs, with speed and stamina the requisite qualities which is likely to be shown by some of the talented three-year-olds in the race.

Desert Crown has won three times in three attempts. The horse obliged most recently in the Epsom Derby when being sent off as the 5/2 favourite and a repeat performance is likely to be enough to earn a victory considering that the charge was able to triumph by two and a half lengths on that occasion.

Sir Michael Stoute will hope that there is more to come from his charge and the horse has already won the Dubai Dante Stakes this season, so it could be a strong run that is required from some of the other horses, although Westover has certain each-way claims and the three-year-old was able to win the Irish Derby.

Ralph Beckett will fancy his charge can put up an impressive showing after that win at The Curragh, with the horse having three lengths to find on Desert Crown. Mishriff will run for John Gosden and his recent career has been punctuated by long lay-offs, although there were encouraging signs in the Coral Eclipse Stakes.

Can Love Win the King George VI at Ascot?

All you need is love according to The Beatles and the Aidan O’Brien filly is an impressive performer who is currently sweeping all before her. The four-year-old’s latest act was to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot 2021, with the runner being sent off as the 11/10 favourite and leading jockey Ryan Moore is almost certain to be on board.

This run came after a 300-day break following an impressive 2020, with the horse really breaking on to the scene when winning the 1000 Guineas at betting odds of 4/1, with the O’Brien stable star then landing the Epsom Oaks before claiming the Triple Crown by securing the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

Love is trading at betting odds of 5/2 and will have her backers although this is clearly a competitive assignment and there are a number of potential winners in the field.

Adayar and Snowfall Looking to Make a Big Run

Adayar has to be respected for the achievements to date, with the Charlie Appleby-trained charge having been in the top two three times this season and the Godolphin horse should be really well-suited to the one mile and four furlongs encounter.

Adam Kirby rode Adayar to a surprise victory in the Epsom Derby and it was a victory of over four lengths for a horse that actually had a difficult start to this classic race although perhaps we’ll see even more progression from this charge.

Snowfall is another Aidan O’Brien runner and she secured the Epsom Oaks at 11/2 and the Japan-bred runner could be a decent each-way runner after winning the Group 3 Musidora Stakes.

Mishriff has won back to back races during 2021, while Pyledriver and Alenquer are also horses that have loaded up victories this season.

2020 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting

We’re looking forward to the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes taking place, with Ascot Racecourse hosting this prestigious affair where the leading Flat horses compete over one mile and three furlongs.

The King George will carry an enormous purse for the 2020 renewal despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with no racing spectators allowed at the Ascot track, although there will be plenty of racing punters excited about a particular horse running.

Enable Bidding for a Third Victory in this Race

On 27 July 2019, Enable landed her second success in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, winning at odds of 8/15 and the filly is sure to have plenty of money should the John Gosden superstar line up at Ascot for the latest renewal.

Enable’s first win in this race was in 2017, with Frankie Dettori steering the horse to her first success in this race, although she was a few seconds quicker when triumphing two years later. Injury got in the way in 2018, although there is no sign that a lengthy absence has affected her adversely.

At the time of writing, Enable is trading at a standout 2.62 with Paddy Power and that could end up being a cracking bet, although please bear in mind that this antepost price also takes into account the fact that the horse might not run due to multiple entries.

Japan and Ghaiyyath Both Priced Up By the Bookies

There’s never an Aidan O’Brien horse far away when it comes to the big Flat races on the calendar, with Japan looking to land his first victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the four-year-old was most recently seen at Royal Ascot where the O’Brien horse fell short when finishing in fourth place.

Japan was sent off as the 6/4 favourite, with Ryan Moore unable to get a tune out of the runner, while there was a string of wins last season including successes at Ascot, Longchamp and York, so there could be some value in backing the horse each-way.

Ghaiyyath is also a horse that merits respect, with the Charlie Appleby horse having not put a foot wrong in 2020, triumphing at Meydan and Newmarket, with the runner having flopped in the Arc de Triomphe.

The History of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes was first inaugurated in 1951, with this race regarded as the most prestigious flat race in Great Britain which is open to horses of any age. Many horses will kick on from this race and successfully compete in the Arc de Triomphe.

Supreme Court was the first winner of the race in 1951, with Nijinsky and Mill Reef among the more famous winners of the race. John Gosden will hope to secure a massive success of landing a hat-trick with enable, although this trainer landed the spoils with Nathaniel in 2011 before Taghrooda triumphed in 2014.

Enable doesn’t need the big build-up, with the five-year-old one of the hottest properties in the Flat horse racing world after a string of seriously impressive victories.

Since finishing third in the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes at Newbury on 21 April 2017, Enable has enjoyed a succession of wins which have included back-to-back Arc de Triomphes.

The five-year-old has been used sparingly by connections in 2019, although she was at Sandown on 6 July to win the Coral Eclipse Stakes and will now head to Ascot on Saturday to line up in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes.

The Eclipse was won in a fairly convincing fashion when fending off the challenge of Magical, with Enable finding the one mile and two furlongs trip to his liking, while that win was scored on good to firm ground.

However, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes will be run over the slightly longer distance of one mile and four furlongs, with this likely to be Enable’s final run before heading to Longchamp for the Arc.

Trainer John Gosden is under no illusions that Saturday’s task will be typically tough, with a competitive field set to line up for the Group 1 showdown and that includes Crystal Ocean and Anthony van Dyck.

Having not been seen at a track since the Coral Eclipse, Gosden revealed: “We’ve been pleased with her. She's just done routine work, she worked on Saturday with Frankie on her and she seems happy and well for what is a tall order.

“I see the betting industry has put her at a price they don’t want anyone to back her at, pricing her the way she is is not realistic in terms of her chances but it is realistic in terms of them trying to protect themselves.”

Indeed, Enable is currently trading at 4/7 and it’s hard to calculate whether the trainer really thinks that his horse should be any bigger considering he continues to pass every current test with flying colours.

Gosden argues that conceding weight to a younger rival could be an issue for his horse, with Anthony Van Dyck coming into the race off a mark of 8-10 as a three-year-old and the Derby winner is clearly respected.

“She won it as a three-year-old filly getting the weight, just as Taghrooda did, it’s a little different when you're older and suddenly have a Derby winner coming at you with the weight allowance.

“There’s a wonderful older horse in there in Crystal Ocean who ran a blinder last year and won the Prince Of Wales’s well so this is no penalty kick, absolutely not.

“I said she was 85% maybe 90% in the Coral-Eclipse and she’ll have come on for it. We’ve had a pretty hot week and she's up for it but I just don't think it’s the formality the betting indicates. It's a horse race and she’s giving weight to three-year-olds and talking on a magnificent older horse as well.

“She's a pleasure to be around and is a great filly. She had a very, very difficult time of it last year and came back from injury, surgery and sickness between Kempton and the Arc and still managed to do the job. We've had a smoother run this year, she seems to have maintained her enthusiasm for racing and she really enjoys her work.”

After Saturday’s race, it appears that Enable is then bound for the Arc at the beginning of the autumn before a potential trip to Ascot and York later in the year.