Shergar: given a daring ride up the rail by Walter SwinburnPICTURE: Getty Images
Stoute's stars: his five King George winners
VICTORY for Dartmouth in Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes would make Sir Michael Stoute the most successful trainer in the race's history, with six wins. Here will look at his five previous winners of the race.
Shergar had shown that he was a colt of rare quality when he posted a record-breaking ten-length win in the Derby at Epsom and an easy success in the Irish Derby, and he further enhanced his standing by easily brushing aside some good-quality older rivals in the King George. Given a daring ride up the rail by Walter Swinburn, Shergar quickened into the lead inside the final couple of furlongs and was always in control. It would prove to be the great horse's last win.
Opera House (left) beat stars such as Commander In ChiefPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Opera House, 1993
Sir Michael Stoute is renowned for his exploits with older horses and Opera House, who won the King George as a five-year-old, paid a fine tribute to his trainer's talents. No great shakes as a young horse, Opera House was brought along steadily and he peaked at five, when he won three Group 1s, including a strong renewal of the King George where he beat stars such as User Friendly and Commander In Chief.
Golan (left) needed every yard to overhaul NayefPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Golan's King George will not go down in history as one of the better-quality renewals but it produced one of the race's most exciting finishes. Golan had won the 2,000 Guineas the previous season but he was an established middle-distance performer by the time of the 2002 King George and needed every yard of the 1m4f trip under an inspired Kieren Fallon to overhaul Nayef.
Conduit: led home a Sir Michael Stoute-trained one-two-threePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
It was apparent entering the final furlong of the 2009 King George that Sir Michael Stoute would win the race for a fourth time - but with which horse? Tartan Bearer briefly struck the front but was flanked by Ask and Conduit, and it was Conduit who finished strongest of all, despite lugging to his right and hampering his stablemates.
Harbinger and Olivier Peslier: won by an effortless 11 lengthsPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
When people think of great King George winners stars such as Brigadier Gerard, Dancing Brave and Montjeu are regularly cited. But has there ever been a performance in the race to match the majestic one posted by Harbinger? He may not have shown it previously - and injury robbed him the opportunity to do it after - but on the big day at Ascot, when he won by an effortless 11 lengths, Harbinger showed a level of ability that few horses in the history of the sport have ever surpassed.