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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes: Date, how to watch, past winners, latest odds & 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.

WhatKing George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes
WhereAscot, Berkshire
When15:40, Saturday 29th July, 2023
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, ITV and Sky Sports Racing
OddsAuguste Rodin 5/2, King Of Steel 5/2, Pyledriver 9/2, Emily Upjohn 9/2, Hukum 7/1

When is the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes?

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. 

Where is the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes?

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. 

Where can I watch the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes?

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. 

Who is the most successful King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes 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. 

Who is the most successful King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes 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. 

Which horse ran the fastest ever King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes?

The Andreas Wohler-trained Novellist holds the record for the fastest victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. 

Novellist ran a time of 2:24.60 to score by five lengths at 13/2 under Johnny Murtagh in 2013. 

Who has won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes recently?

2010HarbingerOlivier PeslierMichael Stoute
2011NathanielWilliam BuickJohn Gosden
2012DanedreamAndrasch StarkePeter Schiergen
2013NovellistJohnny MurtaghAndreas Wohler
2014TaghroodaPaul HanaganJohn Gosden
2015PostponedAndrea AtzeniLuca Cumani
2016Highland ReelRyan MooreAidan O'Brien
2017EnableFrankie DettoriJohn Gosden
2018Poet's WordJames DoyleMichael Stoute
2019EnableFrankie DettoriJohn Gosden
2020EnableFrankie DettoriJohn Gosden
2021AdayarWilliam BuickCharlie Appleby
2022PyledriverP.J. McDonaldWilliam Muir & Chris Grassick

Who are the favourites for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes?

Dual-Derby winner Auguste Rodin is the joint-favourite at 5/2. The Epsom and Irish Derby hero may have other targets, but if O'Brien was to send Auguste Rodin to Ascot, he would surely be hard to beat. 

Derby runner-up and King Edward VII Stakes winner King Of Steel is an imposing performer and he joins August Rodin at the head of the market on 5/2

Last year's winner Pyledriver is a 9/2 chance and it's the same price for Coronation Cup champion Emily Upjohn. 

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