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The Queen at Royal Ascot

The Queen had a her last winner of the race in 1954

  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

Queen's Dartmouth set for King George run

THE Queen's colt Dartmouth has been supplemented for Saturday's King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot at a cost of £75,000.

The son of Dubawi got the better of Highland Reel to take the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at the Royal meeting in June and will now be given the chance to go for Group 1 glory back at Ascot.

The Queen has won the race named after her parents once before, in 1954, when Aureole won in heavy conditions.

Dartmouth's trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, will be bidding for a record sixth victory in the prestigious race after he secured back to back wins in 2009 and 2010 through Conduit and Harbinger. 

After producing a great ride to win the Hardwicke, Olivier Peslier keeps the ride in a partnership that also won at Goodwood in August last year.

Racing manager to The Queen, John Warren, feels that all the elements are in place for a big run. "Dartmouth is a genuine, competitive horse and on his Royal Ascot form he deserves to take his place in Group 1 company," he said. "He ticks most of the King George boxes in that he's trained by Sir Michael Stoute, is a course and distance winner and will like the ground.

"We have also booked the same jockey (Peslier) for continuity. It looks like it will be a good competitive race this year and we are happy to be part of it."

The market is currently led by strong odds-on favourite Postponed at 1-2 with Paddy Power. He secured a fifth successive win by winning the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom in June.

Dartmouth has entered the market as the 5-1 second favourite, with Highland Reel, who looks set to be Aidan O'Brien's principal entry for the race, at 6-1.

Hawkbill will not run

Hawkbill, who was supplemented to the field to win the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown at the start of July, will not be added to the King George line up by Godolphin and will instead wait for the Juddmonte International at York.

Godolphin, who secured a hat-tick of wins in the event from 1997 to 1999, do not have any representatives in the race this year.

Charlie Appleby told godolphin.com: "After consultation with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and John Ferguson, we have decided he will miss the King George and be saved for races over a mile and a quarter. The Juddmonte is the likely next target."

Confirmations at the five-day stage

Ten entries remain at the five-day stage of confirmations, these are; Ajman Bridge, Erupt, Highland Reel, Postponed, Second Step, Shogun, Sir Isaac Newton, Western Hymn, Wings Of Desire and Dartmouth

 
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