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The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is widely regarded as the most prestigious all age race of the British flat racing season. It pits the pick of the Classic Generation of three-year-olds against their elders and this year’s edition promises to be a thriller.
However, it’s just one race of a the quality two day King George Meeting at Ascot. Saturday’s card is particularly exciting so we’ve gone through it and picked out our selection of the best bets.
Nyaleti 2/1 (Paddy Power)
Dance Diva 7/2 (Sky Bet)
Spring Cosmos 11/2 (William Hill)
Natural 8/1 (Betfair)
Mayyasah 10/1 (Sky Bet)
Mistress Of Venice 10/1 (Betway)
Saturday’s action at Ascot begins with the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes, a chance for juvenile fillies to get racing fans excited about next year’s Classic generation. As you would expect, there is plenty up in the air for the seven furlong race as the entrants are lightly raced but that’s not stopped Nyaleti from being installed as the bookmakers’ favourite.
We wouldn’t want to put you off backing Nyaleti but at a best price of 2/1 with Paddy Power, it’s questionable as to whether she represents a value bet or not. We do, however, like the look of the 10/1 that Betway are quoting on Mistress Of Venice.
Like Nyaleti, Mistress Of Venice couldn’t challenge Clemmie at Newmarket last time out. In fact, she was unable to finish strongly enough for a place. That could change at Ascot though. James Given’s filly should get stronger with every race and connections are happy enough for her to steadily climb the distances so she could well be worth backing each-way.
Fastnet Tempest 7/1 (Paddy Power)
Makzeem 10/1 (Ladbrokes)
Viscount Barfield 10/1 (Bet365)
Gossiping 11/1 (Paddy Power)
Flaming Spear 12/1 (Bet365)
Bless Him 12/1 (Boylesports)
Run just before the meeting’s feature race, the Gigaset International is a seven furlong, Class 2 handicap and the early betting suggests that we’re in for a very competitive renewal.
Fastnet Tempest has been the favourite with the bookies for a while but by the time of the race it would be no surprise if Gossiping had made his way to the top of the market. Certainly there has already been a huge gamble on the five-year-old.
It wasn’t that long ago that you could get upwards of 25/1 on Gossiping but the best price that you’ll find on the Gary Moore trained gelding is the 11/1 that Paddy Power are quoting. Connections and those in the know are clearly confident that Gossiping will turn around his form following a disappointing showing at Newmarket last time out. That seventh place finish came on the back of four wins in five races and he can return to winning ways on Saturday.
Enable 7/4 (Sky Bet)
Highland Reel 7/2 (Paddy Power)
Jack Hobbs 11/2 (Sportingbet)
Idaho 9/1 (Betfair)
Ulysses 9/1 (Bet365)
Frontiersman 16/1 (Bet365)
This is the one that everyone is excited about and for good reason. The Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is always a highly anticipated race but this year’s renewal looks particularly special.
Not only do the bookies rate the chances of Highland Reel becoming only the third horse to successfully the King George but John Gosden’s filly, Enable, is seeking to take on her elders after success in both the British and Irish Oaks.
Enable became the favourite in the ante post betting as soon as it was rumoured that she’s be taking part and yet the 7/4 that Sky Bet are quoting still looks like good value. She’s beaten the best three-year-olds around over 12 furlongs and is reportedly impressed on a recent gallop. Given that she gets allowances for being a filly and for being three, Enable has everything going for her.
Enable is a worthy favourite but we can be sure that she’ll face a major challenge from Highland Reel. In fact, Aidan O’Brien’s charge has a genuine chance of becoming the first five-year-old winner of the King George VI Stakes since Daylami in 1999.
Connections feared that Highland Reel’s disappointing performance in Meydan suggested that his best days were behind him but the way he bounced back in style at the Coronation Cup and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes suggested otherwise. At a best price of 7/2 with Paddy Power, it may well be worth adding Highland Reel to your King George betting.
Mistress Of Venice each-way the the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes at 10/1 with Betway
Gossiping to win the Gigaset International Handicap at 11/1 with Paddy Power
Enable to win the King George VI Stakes at 7/4 with Sky Bet
Highland Reel to win the King George VI Stakes at 7/2 with Paddy Power