15:40 Ascot

Saturday 28 July 2018

All13:5014:2515:0015:4016:1516:5017:20
  • King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By Qipco) (Group 1)
  • 3YO plus  |   Class 1  |   1m 3f 211y  |   Good to Firm  |   7 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:41  |   Winning time: 2m 25.84s
1st
Horse silk
4
(8)
7/4
T: Sir Michael StouteJ: James Doyle
Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd inside final 2f, closed gradually wide of winner inside final furlong to lead towards finish op 13/8
2nd
Horse silk
nk
2
(6)
6/4f
T: Sir Michael StouteJ: W Buick
Tracked leading pair, led on outside going well 2f out, ridden over 2 lengths clear over 1f out, stayed on gamely, headed towards finish op 13/8
3rd
Horse silk
9
6
(4)
15/2
T: J & T GosdenJ: O Peslier
Held up in 5th, pushed along over 2f out, went modest 3rd over 1f out op 7/1
4th
Horse silk
4
5
(7)
20/1
T: S KirkJ: S De Sousa
Raced keenly, pressed leader until over 2f out, lost modest 3rd over 1f out, weakened final furlong tchd 18/1
5th
Horse silk
sh
8
(3)
12/1
T: A P O'BrienJ: J A Heffernan
Slight lead, pushed along 3f out, headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out
6th
Horse silk
8
3
(1)
33/1
T: D M SimcockJ: Andrea Atzeni
Started very slowly, always behind
7th
Horse silk
18
7
(2)
10/1
T: A P O'BrienJ: R L Moore
Tracked leading trio on inside, niggled along 4f out, weakened over 2f out

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Non-Runners

1
(5)
Horse silk
Cracksman38
Weight: 9-7|  Age: 4
T: J & T Gosden  J: R Havlin
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£2.50Pl:£1.40, £1.40EX:£5.30Trifecta:£15.50Tricast:£12.74SF:£4.57Swingers:£1.10, £2.40, £2.30

Forecasts

Crystal Ocean (6/4), Poet's Word (7/4), Cracksman (3/1), Coronet (15/2), Hydrangea (10/1), Rostropovich (12/1), Salouen (20/1), Desert Encounter (33/1)

Verdict

Sir Michael Stoute has won this race twice in the past 10 years and he saddles two fascinating contenders in this year's renewal. It's the unexposed CRYSTAL OCEAN who shades the vote after impressive wins at Newbury and the Royal meeting and he still gives the impression there's more to come. Poet's Word got the better of Cracksman last time but the latter didn't look straightforward that day and he may be able to reverse the form if back to his best and rain arrives. However, the main danger could be Coronet who brings a different form-line in to many of these but her game effort in a French Group 1 last time was certainly eye-catching and she's another unexposed sort.
  1. Crystal Ocean
  2. Coronet
  3. Cracksman

Previous Winners

2017
Enable
Weight: 8-7  |Age: 3
5/4

Prize Money

1st: £708,875.002nd: £268,750.003rd: £134,500.004th: £67,000.005th: £33,625.006th: £16,875.00

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