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Ultimate Guide To The 2021 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes

Gavin Beech for Bookies.com

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Ultimate Guide To The 2021 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes

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Race Details

Where: Ascot

When: Saturday July 24, 3.35pm

TV Channel: ITV and Sky Sports Racing

Class: Group 1

Distance: 1m4f

Prizemoney: £875,000 (£496,212.50 to the winner)

Age: 3-year-olds and older

Contenders (Bet365 odds)

Addeybb (25/1) - Trainer: William Haggas, Jockey: Tom Marquand

Broome (20/1) - Trainer: Aidan O'Brien, Jockey: Unknown

Japan (25/1) - Trainer: Aidan O'Brien, Jockey: Unknown

Mishriff (6/1) - Trainer: John & Thady Gosden, Jockey: David Egan

Mogul (20/1) - Trainer: Aidan O'Brien, Jockey: Unknown

Love (5/4) - Trainer: Aidan O'Brien, Jockey: Ryan Moore

Wonderful Tonight (10/1) - Trainer: David Menuisier, Jockey: Oisin Murphy

Adayar (2/1) - Trainer: Charlie Appleby, Jockey: William Buick

Lone Eagle (6/1) - Trainer: Martyn Meade, Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Guide To King George Contenders


Three of his four Group 1 victories have come in Australia, most recently in the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in April. However, Addeybb is also top class in the Northern Hemisphere, especially when getting cut in the ground, as he showed when running away with last season’s Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Very little between him and Mishriff in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes but now goes into unknown territory stamina wise. Highest-rated runner but must concede weight to Love and Adayar while ground conditions are likely to be livelier than ideal.


Consistent performer in good races this year but needed 17 runs to break his Group 1 duck. That success in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud came on soft ground and he’s never won on anything with firm in the description so probably needs some rain to fall on the track before Saturday. Has a bit to find on the figures, especially conceding weight to the market principals.


Did well to win a Group 3 at Leopardstown last time given that 1m1f trip would have been as sharp as he cares for nowadays. Class got him through that day but he doesn’t have such a luxury in this much deeper contest. Lowest-rated runner in the field and a career-best is required if he is to even go close.

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As versatile as they come, winning Group 1 races on turf, most recently the Sheema Classic in Dubai, as well as a Saudi Cup on dirt. Didn’t set the world alight in the Coral-Eclipse on return to action but raced with the choke out for a long way in that three-runner affair and a bigger effort could well be in the offing this time with no trip/ground worries.


Career-best performance when winning Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in December but unable to match that level of form in three runs this term. Particularly disappointing in the Coronation Cup at Epsom so has a fair bit to prove right now even though he should get his conditions.


Top-class filly. Won the 2020 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and Irish Oaks by a combined distance of just over 18 lengths. Had to dig deep to win the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes on return last month but entitled to have needed that after 300 days off the track and return to 1m4f will suit. The one to beat even without the fillies’ allowance.

Wonderful Tonight

Progressive filly who has shown a real liking for this course and distance. Most impressive in Fillies & Mares Stakes on Champions Day last term and ran to a similar level when beating the boys back here in the Hardwicke Stakes at the royal meeting. Likely there is still more to come but has looked at home on soft ground so major question mark over whether she can be as effective on a sound surface. Usually ridden by Wlliam Buick but he has to ride Adayar, so Oisin Murphy booked.


Runaway winner of the Derby at Epsom, form which has taken significant boost courtesy of stablemate Hurricane Lane. Looks a strong stayer so stiff mile-and-a-half around Ascot ought to suit and three-year-old allowance only strengthens claims further. However, this is by some way his toughest assignment so far and fast ground would also ask a question given his wins have all come with some cut.

Lone Eagle

Took his form to a new level in the Irish Derby where he was collared late on by Hurricane Lane, with the pair a long way clear. That form looks all the better now given the winner’s exploits in the Grand Prix de Paris last week and a progressive profile indicates that an even bigger run could be in the offing. Only 2lb behind Adayar so far from out of this and might just get the run of the race out in front, adopting similar tactics to the Curragh.

King George Verdict

A top-class renewal but ground conditions are likely to play a key role with several ideally wanting some cut in the ground. As things stand, the one to beat is LOVE who will be absolutely fine whatever conditions she is faced with. This race will have been on her radar since the royal meeting and she’s versatile enough tactically to be able to cope, however this plays out pace wise.

Adayar is an obvious threat but it would be unwise to dismiss fellow three-year-old Lone Eagle who is on the improve and whose prospects would increase further if Frankie Dettori was able to secure an easy lead.

About the Author

Gavin Beech for Bookies.com
Gavin Beech
Gavin Beech has worked in the betting industry for almost 20 years and is an experienced sports betting writer and tipster. He has worked for MailOnline and the Racing Post.