King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes Betting Odds & Preview – 3.35 pm July 23rd 2022

A look ahead to Saturday's big King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes from Ascot

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The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2022 renewal features six runners that have stayed their ground on Thursday.

It’s bubbling up nicely to be a very hot contest, in particular with Westover and Emily Upjohn going head to head at Ascot.

With a look ahead to Saturday’s big fixture, our racing experts look at the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes field.

We dive back through some history surrounding the race and size up some trends that may help out for horse racing betting.

King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes Details

Date: 23rd July 2022
Time: 3.35 pm
Grade: Group 1
Distance: 1m 4f
Age: 3-year-olds plus
Entries: 6

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King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes Favourites and Outsiders

The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes is one of the big feature races of the British flat season. It’s all eyes on Ascot once again for this brilliant fixture.

But how have the favourites fared in recent times?

Pretty well will be the answer to that.

Four of the last six renewals of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes have been won by the favourite on the day.

The most recent of those favourites to deliver the odds in the race was Enable, who successfully defended his crown in 2020.

Current Favourite

Lining up as the ante-post favourite in King George racing odds is Westover at 11/8* (odds recorded at 16:12 GMT on July 21st, 2022 at Bet365).

We have by now, gotten used to smaller fields contesting this popular fixture. There were only five declared runners last year, a renewal won by Adayar at 9/4

The longest-priced winner that has cropped up in the decade of renewals was Danedream in 2012 who won from 9/1.

But the recent trend in the fixture has been towards those more towards the head of the market.

The longest-priced winner in the last six renewals was the aforementioned Adayar, who got his nose in front last year.

King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes Odds Cheltenham 2022

The ante post betting market for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes odds for 2022, is shaping up strongly.

There is a field of six still in the picture and that can be split in half nicely. The big perceived threats are Westover, Emily Upjohn and Mishriff. It’s not likely that the market is going to change too drastically from here on out.

Of course, if any of these drop out, then it will have a little shakeup. But even the money that’s going to come in on the day of the day isn’t going to rattle the status quo in the betting market very much.

It is more than likely, however, that prices are going to shorten for the front runners.

In the interest of sizing up the field fairly, our racing experts are also going to look at the longer-priced runners in the current field for King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes odds.

Latest King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes odds

Westover 11/8
Emily Upjohn 5/2
Mishriff 3/1
Torquato Tasso 12/1
Broome 25/1
Pyledriver 25/1

* (odds recorded at 16:12 GMT on July 21st, 2022 at Bet365)

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About the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes was established in 1951, so there’s a good long history to look back through.

There is no bigger flat race on the British scene than this one, in terms of being an open-age race.

The race was formed after the King George VI and the Queen Elizabeth races were rolled into one.

It created a fantastic one and half mile contest for any horse of at least three years of age.

Only The Derby carries a bigger flat purse than the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

In 2011 the race joined the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series. That means the winner receives an automatic entry to the Breeders’ Cup Turf the same year.

King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes contenders – 23rd July 2022

It’s time to dig into the main contenders in the 2022 renewal of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. Some familiar faces are knocking around, which should produce a fantastic fixture.

WESTOVER is the current favourite who smashed the Irish Derby field last month.

He claimed the win by seven lengths and it added to his Group 3 Classic Trial from back in April. The son of Frankel, trained by Ralph Beckett will face some pressure, however.

The thrilling EMILY UPJOHN is in the picture and she looks to kick on from her runners-up spot at the Oaks in early June.

She was only touched off by Tuesday by a short head in that one under jockey Frankie Dettori.

While that defeat saw her unbeaten record go, she is a big player nonetheless. There were big excuses on the day for her.

Emily Upjohn was booked for the Irish Oaks last weekend, but travel issues scuppered that as she didn’t even get there.

The other big player is MISHRIFF, who is a stable mate of Emily Upjohn for the Gosdens.

Mishriff was a runner-up in last year’s King George, getting beaten by Ayadar in that one.

But a recent narrow runners-up spot at the Eclipse puts Mishriff right in the frame under James Doyle.

The rest of the field 2022

As for the rest of the field, TORQUATO TASSO is interesting as the German raider landed last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe from nowhere.

A recent Group 2 success in his home country keeps him in form. Two of the last ten winners have been from Germany.

PYLDEDRIVER teams up with a new jockey for Saturday’s run, but the seasoned campaigner may have the work cut out for him.

In the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes ante-post odds, Pyledriver is the rank outsider.

Leading trainer Aiden O’Brien sends BROOME into action on Saturday. He rose to the occasion in landing the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes last month but faces a stiff challenge at this higher level. There was a Group 1 success by him in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud last summer, however.

King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes Trends Cheltenham 2022

For the next part of this King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes Preview 2022, we are going to dive into some of the trends surrounding the event.

To do that, we cast an eye back over the last 20 editions of this Group 1 contest.

King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the last two decades of renewals is Aiden O’Brien who has claimed three successes. Granted he has had a heavy hand in terms of entries within that period.

Those victories for O’Brien were with Dylan Thomas in 2007, Duke Of Marmalade in 2008 and most recently Highland Reel in 2016. The only other two winning trainers with entries for the 2022 renewal are the Gosdens and Ralph Beckett.

King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes Jockey Statistics

Frankie Dettori is the leading jockey in King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes in the last twenty years. He has taken four victories from 13 rides in the last 20 years, a total of eight place finishes.

His history goes back further however as he has won this contest seven times. Three of those were on Enable (2017, 2019 and 2020) who is the most successful horse in the history of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

So it’s been an excellent strike rate from Dettori. He will be looking to make amends after his nightmare on Emily Upjohn at Epsom in the Oaks. Emily Upjohn stumbled coming out of the stalls and conceded a lot of ground. It was one of those weird days at the office.

Dettori had major troubles with Stradivarius in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot which sparked what appeared to be a dispute with him and the Gosdens. It was suggested a split was coming between the jockey and yard.

But Dettori has been back in the saddle for them. He won on Inspiral at Newmarket on his return for them, after a small hiatus since Royal Ascot. Dettori was also booked for the Irish Oaks at the Curragh.

Ryan Moore has won the race twice and is on BROOME for the 2022 renewal, while the only other winning jockey in the lineup is PJ McDonald on Delivery.

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Other Key King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes Trends

  • None of the last twenty winners have been bigger than 9/1
  • Each of the last twenty renewals were won by a horse in the first five of the betting market
  • A win within the last 4 starts had been achieved by each of the last 20 winners
  • The latest win was at least a Group 2
  • Within the last two races, a top two finish has been recorded
  • A previous win of at least 1m 2 1/2f had been recorded
  • All but one of the last 20 renewals were won by a horse that was no bigger than 11/2 on their last win
  • All but two of the last 20 winners hadn’t been longer than 6/1 last time out

King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2021 Review

At last year’s renewal, Charlie Appleby’s ADAYAR got the job done as the 9/4 second favourite in the contest. He was always nice position and in well in-touch before making his move a couple of furlongs from home. Adayar was clear 1f out and was never going to get beaten once he made the front under William Buick.

MISHRIFF did run into a little traffic and at one point was forced out wide to try and reel in the leaders. Under the circumstances, he did a credible job in pulling into second place and staying on. He was almost two lengths back of Adayar, never looking like a threat to the favourite.

LOVE came home third in the contest and did a lot of work trying to find any kind of position in the race. She had nothing in the tank over the final couple of furlongs but was still six lengths clear of BROOME. Completed the field in last place was LONE EAGLE.

King George Weekend 2022 Saturday List

Saturday, July 23rd, 2022 Ascot

  • 13;50 Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes (Fillies’ Group 3)
  • 14:25 – Longines Valiant Stakes (Fillies’ Group 3)
  • 15:00 – Moet & Chandon International Stakes (Heritage Handicap)
  • 15:35 – King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Group 1)
  • 16:10 – Flexjet Pat Eddery Stakes (Listed)
  • 16:45 – Porsche Handicap (Str) (Class 2)
  • 17:20 – Garrard Handicap (Class 2)


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King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes Last 10 Winners

Year Winner Odds Jockey Trainer
2021 Adayar 9/4 WIlliam Buick Charlie Appleby
2020 Enable 4/9F Frankie Dettori John Gosden
2019 Enable 8/15F Frankie Dettori John Gosden
2018 Poets Word 7/4 James DOyle Sir Micahel Stoute
2017 Enable 5/4F Frankie Dettori John Gosden
2016 Highland Reel 13/8F Ryan Moore A P O’Brien
2015 Postponed 6/1 Andrea Atzeni Luca Cumani
2014 Taghrooda 7/2 Paul Hanagan John Gosden
2013 Novellist 13/2 Johnny Murtagh A Wohler
2012 Danedream 9/1 Andrasch Starke P Schiergen

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