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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes: Date, venue, runners, history & more

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is Britain's most prestigious open-age flat race and it has been won by some of history's best middle distance racehorses.

Contested over a distance of one-mile-and-four-furlongs, and staged at the world famous Ascot racecourse, it's a race that brings together the best of generations.

Three-year-olds, and often the winner of the Derby, line up against their elders in the King George and it has produced some fantastic renewals over the years.

Last season, the Owen Burrows-trained Hukum got the best of Westover in a thrilling ding-dong battle, while Pyledriver was crowned a shock champion in 2022 and Derby hero Adayar reigned supreme in 2021.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes date

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is held at the end of July and this year's renewal will take place at 15:40 on Saturday 29th July.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes venue

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is staged at Ascot, a contest resulting from an amalgamation of two separate races at the Berkshire venue.

The first of these, named after King George VI, was a two-mile contest for three-year-olds held in October. The second, in honour of his wife, Queen Elizabeth, was a one-and-a-half-mile event staged in July.

It's fitting that such a high-quality event is staged at Britain's premier racecourse. The first renewal of the race was won by Supreme Court in 1951 and the 2005 staging at Newbury is the only time it has moved from Ascot.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes how to watch

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, like all racing action in the UK and Ireland, is available to watch via bet365's Sports Live Streaming platform.

The contest will also be available to view on ITV and Sky Sports Racing. 

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes expected runners

This year’s race looks like being quite the spectacle and the entries are dominated by Aidan O’Brien, who has Prince Of Wales's Stakes winner and last year’s Derby hero Auguste Rodin heading the betting at 7/4.

O’Brien also has this year’s Derby victor, City Of Troy, in the entries and he is 6/1 along with Coronation Cup-winning stablemate Luxembourg, another from Ballydoyle that figures prominently in the market at 7/1.

Irish Derby champion Los Angeles, another hailing from O’Brien, is 6/1 despite being beaten six lengths by City Of Troy at Epsom.

Bluestocking, who outstayed Emily Upjohn to win the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, is 9/1 with Passenger, Sir Michael Stoute’s unexposed four-year-old, available to back at 10/1.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes history

The inaugural running of the race took place on 21st July 1951, some 73 years ago. In its first year, to commemorate the Festival of Britain, it was titled the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Festival of Britain Stakes.

It is now Britain's second richest horse race, with the Derby the only event to exceed it.

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes became part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2011. The winner now receives an invitation to compete in the same year's Breeders' Cup Turf.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes most successful trainer

Sir Michael Stoute has won the race a record six times. The first of those came with Shergar in 1981 and the most recent Poet's Word in 2018. 

Saeed bin Suroor has saddled five winners and he trained Swain to win the contest in both 1997 and 1998. Swain remains one of only three horses to have won the King George on more than one occasion. 

John Gosden's superstar Enable is the only horse to have been victorious in the race three times, having scored in 2017, 2019 and 2020 and like Bin Suroor, Gosden has also won the race on five occasions. 

The great Aidan O'Brien has four King George victories on his record.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes most successful jockey

The late Lester Piggott and retiring Franke Dettori share the accolade of the most King George triumphs, having each won the great race on seven occasions. 

Piggott scored on Meadow Court (1965), Aunt Edith (1966), Park Top (1969), Nijinsky (1970), Dahlia (1974), The Minstrel (1977) and Teenoso (1984) and Dettori made his breakthrough success on Lammtarra in 1995.

Victories on Swain (1998), Daylami (1999), Doyen (2004), and Enable (2017, 2019 and 2020) followed and the Italian may get the chance to make it eight victories in the race on 29th July, with this his final season riding.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes famous winners

Enable, champion in 2017, 2019, 2020, also won the two Arc De Triomphe on two occasions and must go down as one of the most famous winners given her connections.

Ridden by Mr Ascot himself in Frankie Dettori, trained by John Gosden and owned by Khalid Abdullah, who also once had the legendary Frankel racing in his silks, there was a lot to like.

The great Galileo, one of four King George wins for Aidan O’Brien, remains to this day one of the best sires in the business and he was successful in 2001, while Harbinger created one of the strongest impressions when romping to an 11-length success in 2010.

Unfortunately for Harbinger, who had Epsom hero Workforce and then the Irish Derby winner Cape Blacno behind him, was never to be seen on a racetrack again.

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