15:40 Royal Ascot Tue 20 June 2017

  • King's Stand Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1)
  • 5f, Good to Firm
  • 17 Runners
  • Winner£226,840.002nd£86,000.003rd£43,040.004th£21,440.005th£10,760.006th£5,400.00
  • Surface: Turf

Weighed In

Winning time:57.45sOff time:15:44:07
1
(14)
69-4OR: 110CD
20/1
Highly progressive last year and has run with plenty of credit in a pair of efforts this time around in Group company, finishing third on latest start when beaten ¾L by Priceless. Needs to pull out more if he is to land a blow in this company but first-time visor could eek out a little more improvement.
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2
(5)
59-4OR: 111D
20/1
Career best when winning a Group 2 at the Curragh last year. Narrowly defeated in a pair of Listed contests this time around, most recently when beaten a ½L by Acapulco and best performances tend to come with cut in the ground. Needs to pull out more if he is going to get competitive in this.
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3
(16)
59-4OR: 110D
28/1
Two-time Group 3 winner in his career and has come close in Group 1 company multiple times in his career. Has plenty of gate speed and should have options tactics wise, with plenty of the pace drawn his side. Yard have hit some form of late and this jockey booking is an obvious positive but while he has run well on all sorts of ground, suspicion is that some rain would have been in his favour here.
4
(3)
59-4OR: 110D
40/1
Won twice out in Meydan this winter and appears to be still improving for this yard. Justified favouritism at Haydock last time in softer conditions than would have been ideal and only narrowly defeated on his sole C&D start last season; while he has a fair bit to find on official ratings, there's plenty in his favour.
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5
(12)
89-4OR: 111CD
12/1
Won this back in 2015 before going on to take the Prix De l'Abbaye later in the season. Not quite reached those heights since but plenty to like about both his efforts this year and no doubt he will enjoy the fast conditions here. Not getting any younger but each-way player nonetheless.
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6
(10)
49-4OR: 107D
80/1
Won a Listed race as a juvenile but hasn't managed to get his head in front in any of his Group class efforts since. Not always the most straightforward sort and well beaten in a Group 3 at Newmarket when last season. Hard to fancy on all known form.
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7
(8)
49-4OR: 108D
100/1
Rattled off a hat-trick in July before winning a Group 3 towards the end of last year, beating today's rival Marsha by 3L. That rival perhaps not on her A-Game on that occasion and she duly turned the tables in the Prix De l'Abbaye next time. Out of form on both starts this season, finishing last on each start and hard to fancy off the back of those efforts.
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8
(15)
119-4OR: 107CD
66/1
Two-time C&D winner not beaten all that far in this last year and runner-up behind the re-oppposing Goldream back in 2015. Won at Meydan in the winter and no doubt he still has a big race in him but he's probably going to need a career best to take this contest and that seems unlikely as a veteran.
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9
(2)
79-4OR: 109D
16/1
Two-time Group 2 winner who disappointed last season when he was a beaten favourite on four occasions. Got his head back in front at Bath earlier in the season and made up for a disappointing subsequent effort at Newmarket with a win at Chantilly in a sub-par Group 2 earlier in the month. Needs more if he is to land a blow in this but does get his optimum conditions.
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11
(1)
59-4OR: 116CD
14/1
Rattled off a Group hat-trick at the start of last season but not quite as good on better ground throughout the remainder of his campaign. That would have to be a concern once again here but ran well in a Group 3 at Deauville on reappearance and may at least turn the form around with the one that beat him that day.
12
(13)
5/1
Winner of a Group 1 at Deauville last year but the runner-up hasn't done a lot for the form subsequently. Good comeback run saw him get the better of Profitable in France last time but that rival may have needed the run. Would have probably wanted some rain to arrive if he was to be seen at his best here.
13
(11)
109-4OR: 111D
66/1
Group 2 winner at the Goodwood Festival last year certainly looks like the pick of his form and while he was no match for Mecca's Angel at York next time, there was plenty to like about that third-placed effort. Not disgraced on comeback run at Haydock last time, shaping like he may have needed the run. At his best when he can dominate from the front but may struggle to that here with plenty of pace in the line-up, particularly on his side of the draw.
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14
(17)
49-4OR: 111BFCD
8/1
Four-time Listed winner who still hasn't managed to land a Group race as of yet. He's usually thereabouts and not beaten far by Marsha in the Prix De l'Abbaye towards the end of last season. While that's amongst the best form on offer, and no doubt he'll love the faster ground, he usually finds one too good and has work to do to turn the form around with Marsha.
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15
(4)
49-4OR: 104D
125/1
Yet to win outside of handicap company and looks out of his depth in this company. Would have needed softer conditions to be seen at his best.
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16
(9)
49-1OR: 116D
11/4
Proved a revelation last year and capped off a fine season by winning the Prix De l'Abbaye with plenty of these in behind and beating Washington DC by ¾L. Got the better of that rival once again on comeback run at Newmarket and entitled to come on for that effort. Leading player on form and would appear to be the one to beat.
17
(7)
49-1OR: 110D
11/1
Winner of the Temple Stakes at Haydock in May and has the beating of Goldream on that form. Looks capable of more progression this year and should get a nice tow into the race from the likes of Take Cover and Just Glamorous drawn in nearby stalls. Seen to best effect on fast ground and this trainer/jockey combination won this last year with stablemate Profitable.
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18
(18)
38-9OR: CD
7/2
Decisive soft ground winner of the Queen Mary at this meeting last year when pulling clear in memorable fashion but the form of that race hasn't been done too many favours subsequently. Justified favouritism on her comeback run at Keeneland but no doubt needs more to win this contest and will face some competition for the lead. Trainer's runners always warrant respect around here but she'll need a career best to take this. Fillies allowance and age allowance should help.
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Non-Runners

10
(6)
Ornate11
49-4OR: 109
T: R M H CowellJ: Non Runner

Last Year's Winner

Last year's winner is unavailable

Betting

Forecast

Marsha (11/4), Lady Aurelia (7/2), Signs Of Blessing (5/1), Washington Dc (8/1), Priceless (11/1), Goldream (12/1), Profitable (14/1), Muthmir (16/1), Alpha Delphini (20/1), Ardhoomey (20/1), Ornate (25/1), Cotai Glory (28/1), Final Venture (40/1), Take Cover (66/1), Medicean Man (66/1), Gracious John (80/1), Just Glamorous (100/1), Willytheconqueror (125/1)

Verdict

This race hasn't been won by a filly since Miss Andretti's success in 2007 but the male's will do well to win the this year's renewal. MARSHA has a solid profile coming into this and her Prix De l'Abbaye win just about sets the standard for the rest to aim at; provided she gets the breaks, she will be tough to beat. With plenty of pace in the contest, Lady Aurelia won't find this as easy as her success here last year. Profitable won this last year but the ground may have gone against him this time and it's stablemate Priceless who has stronger claims after a fine start to the season. Washington DC wasn't beaten far by the selection in the Prix De l'Abbaye last year and may hold the best chance of the colts.
  1. Marsha
  2. Priceless
  3. Washington Dc

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