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Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) 2m 5f 159y

  • (4yo+, 2m 5f 159y, Class 2, 13 runners)
  • Winner £37,350 2nd £11,184 3rd £5,592 4th £2,796 5th £1,398 6th £702
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 49.82s
  • Off time: 17:36:17
Full result
Result 17:35 Royal Ascot
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 8 Pique Sous 11/4
2nd 4 El Salvador 10/1
3rd 14 Brass Ring nk 6/1
  • Last Updated: June 20 2014, 15:20 BST

View from connections ahead of Saturday's Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Alan King could be all smiles if Tiger Roll can take the nightcap
Alan King could be all smiles if Tiger Roll can take the nightcap

Alan King's Tiger Cliff is the clear top-rated horse in the final race of Royal Ascot, the Queen Alexandra Stakes - the longest race on the Flat calendar.

Winner of the Ebor last year when trained by Lady Cecil, he was sent to King by owner Henry Ponsonby for a hurdling campaign.

Unfortunately he never got to run over obstacles this winter due to one thing or another but he has run very well in two starts for King this season.

Narrowly beaten in the Group Two Yorkshire Cup by Gospel Choir and Tac De Boistron, he was fifth behind Brown Panther at Sandown most recently, and was second to Well Sharp in the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting last year.

"Tiger Cliff comes out the best horse in the race on the ratings, so, hopefully, he will be right there at the finish," said King on his website, www.alankingracing.co.uk.

"He was not stopping at the end of two and a half miles in last year's Ascot Stakes, so we don't see the trip being a problem, and, though it was soft when he won the Ebor, he did win on fastish ground at Newmarket last summer.

"He ran well enough in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown last time on gluey ground, and he goes there in good nick."

Willie Mullins runs Pique Sous in a race he won with Simenon just two years ago.

Pique Sous, a classy hurdler, had been out of action since September due to colic before a decent reappearance last month.

Steve Massey, spokesman for owners Supreme Racing Club, said: "He's travelled over well, he's in great form and everyone involved with the club is really excited and looking forward to the day.

"He ran a nice race at the Curragh on his first run back, he's done well since and he has his ground for the first time in a long time.

"He's been a great horse for us, taking us to Cheltenham and Galway, and now to have a runner at Royal Ascot in the club's second year is really a dream come true.

"The trip is a bit of an unknown, but he wasn't stopping when he came up the hill to finish third in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham over two miles and his half-brother Pancake was a three-mile chaser.

"He has to improve on what he's done so far, but we're hopeful he can and we have a top jockey (Ryan Moore) who knows the track well.

"He's won on the all-weather, on the Flat and over hurdles, so he's a versatile horse and hopefully he goes there with a major chance."

Frankie Dettori has enjoyed a good week and is relishing being back in the limelight.

He has been booked by William Jarvis for Argent Knight and the trainer hopes a bit of the Italian's magic will rub off on him.

"Argent Knight takes his chance in the Queen Alexandra. The trip is an unknown for most of the field but I am reasonably confident that Argent Knight will stay," said Jarvis on www.williamjarvis.com

"Frankie Dettori has been riding in great form during the meeting and if all falls right for him, I think he will outrun his odds."

Andrew Balding's Whiplash Willie has shown he retains all his ability despite two years off the track and his third in the Henry II gives him strong claims.

Ed Dunlop's Mubaraza has run well in a handful of big staying handicaps, Nicky Henderson's Royal Irish Hussar showed decent form in juvenile hurdles while Aidan O'Brien runs El Salvador.