King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes
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The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for the stayers at Ascot conducted by the Ascot Racecourse.
The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes is run over the mile and a half. It was first run in 1951 and was won by Supreme Court.
It is the biggest open class race over that distance in the UK. The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes is really the championship race of the Summer.
The race was an amalgam of two races in the 1940s, one named after King George VI for 3yos and the other after then Queen Elizabeth which was similar to this race.
De Beers sponsorship led the race to be known as the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes from 1972 to 2006.
Only two horses have won it multiple times – Dahlia and Swain.
The excellence of the winners shows up with the number of classic winners who take the prize. 30 x 3yos have won since inception.
Absolute Hall of Famers like Ribot, Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Shergar, Dancing Brave, Nashwan and Galileo are amongst Honour Roll.
Germany won back to back with Danedream and Novellist in 2012/2013.
Running in his first Group 1 race, Harbinger only took on five rivals in 2010 including his Derby winning stable mate Workforce. He would win by 11 lengths in one of the biggest winning margins in a feature flat race in England.
Sir Michael Stoute took over as leading trainer over Dick Hern and Saeed bin Suroor with his sixth victory in 2018. Most wins as a jockey is by Lester Piggott with seven.
Poet’s Word and Crystal Ocean provided a great dual between stable mates and they beat the rest by nine lengths last year.
The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes is worth £1,250,000 in 2019.
Notable winners of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes include Poet’s Word (2018), Enable (2017), Highland Reel (2016), Harbinger (2010), Galileo (2001), Montjeu (2000), Swain (1997/1998), Lammtarra (1995), Generous (1991), Nashwan (1989), Dancing Brave (1986), Shergar (1981), Dahlia (1973/1974), Brigadier Gerard (1972), Mill Reef (1971), Nijinsky (1970), Ballymoss (1958) and Ribot (1956).
The 2018 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes was won by Poet’s Word from Crystal Ocean and Coronet.
Previous King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Winners
| POET'S WORD (IRE) 5H |
POET'S VOICE (GB) - WHIRLY BIRD (GB) NASHWAN (USA)
|JAMES DOYLE||60.5||SIR MICHAEL STOUTE||8|
| ENABLE (GB) 3F |
NATHANIEL (IRE) - CONCENTRIC (GB) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
|L DETTORI||54.0||JOHN GOSDEN||7|
| HIGHLAND REEL (IRE) 4H |
GALILEO (IRE) - HVEGER (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
|RYAN MOORE||60.5||A P O'BRIEN||3|
| POSTPONED (IRE) 4H |
DUBAWI (IRE) - EVER RIGG (GB) DUBAI DESTINATION (USA)
|ANDREA ATZENI||60.5||L M CUMANI||9|
| TAGHROODA (GB) 3F |
SEA THE STARS (IRE) - EZIMA (IRE) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
|PAUL HANAGAN||53.5||JOHN GOSDEN||7|
| NOVELLIST (IRE) 4H |
MONSUN (GER) - NIGHT LAGOON (GER) LAGUNAS (GB)
|J MURTAGH||60.5||A WOHLER||3|
| DANEDREAM (GER) 4M |
LOMITAS (GB) - DANEDROP (IRE) DANEHILL (USA)
|A STARKE||59.0||P SCHIERGEN||4|
| NATHANIEL (IRE) 3C |
GALILEO (IRE) - MAGNIFICIENT STYLE (USA) SILVER HAWK (USA)
|WILLIAM BUICK||55.0||JOHN GOSDEN||3|
| HARBINGER (GB) 4H |
DANSILI (GB) - PENANG PEARL (FR) BERING (GB)
|O PESLIER||60.5||SIR MICHAEL STOUTE||6|
| CONDUIT (IRE) 4H |
DALAKHANI (IRE) - WELL HEAD (IRE) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
|RYAN MOORE||60.5||SIR MICHAEL STOUTE||2|
| DUKE OF MARMALADE (IRE) 4H |
DANEHILL (USA) - LOVE ME TRUE (USA) KINGMAMBO (USA)
|J MURTAGH||60.5||A P O'BRIEN||4|
| DYLAN THOMAS (IRE) 4M |
DANEHILL (USA) - LAGRION (USA) DIESIS (GB)
|J MURTAGH||60.5||A P O'BRIEN||5|
| HURRICANE RUN (IRE) 4H |
MONTJEU (IRE) - HOLD ON (GER) SURUMU (GER)
|C SOUMILLON||60.5||A FABRE||4|
| AZAMOUR (IRE) 4H |
NIGHT SHIFT (USA) - ASMARA (USA) LEAR FAN (USA)
|M KINANE||60.5||JOHN M OXX||12|
| DOYEN (IRE) 4H |
SADLER'S WELLS (USA) - MOON CACTUS (GB) KRIS (GB)
|L DETTORI||60.5||SAEED BIN SUROOR||5|
| ALAMSHAR (IRE) 3C |
KEY OF LUCK (USA) - ALAIYDA (USA) SHAHRASTANI (USA)
|J MURTAGH||55.0||JOHN M OXX||5|
| GOLAN (IRE) 4H |
SPECTRUM (IRE) - HIGHLAND GIFT (IRE) GENEROUS (IRE)
|K FALLON||60.5||SIR MICHAEL STOUTE||8|
| GALILEO (IRE) 3C |
SADLER'S WELLS (USA) - URBAN SEA (USA) MISWAKI (USA)
|M KINANE||55.0||A P O'BRIEN||7|
| MONTJEU (IRE) 4H |
SADLER'S WELLS (USA) - FLORIPEDES (FR)
|M KINANE||60.5||J E HAMMOND||5|