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King George V Stakes

17:35 Royal Ascot

2022-06-16

Winner: £51540

Runners: 19

Going:Good To Firm

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 1m3f211yy

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The King George V Stakes is a handicap run over 1m4f. It takes place at 15:05 on Thursday 22nd June, which is the third day of Royal Ascot 2023. View the runners here, and also make sure to check out the odds and tips on offer for this race.

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7(20)
14-625
silk
Mr Alan

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J: Rossa Ryan
T: George Boughey
3
9-5
92
105
Close second of seven at Chester (1m4f, good to soft; 5lb higher today) in his second handicap, doing his best work late on; failed to spark in Goodwood Listed race (1m3f, soft) four weeks ago, which sees headgear enlisted.
10(7)
6-112
silk
Surrey Mist

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J: Trevor Whelan
T: George Baker
3
9-3
90
105
Sole 2yo run was on good to firm in July; won AW novice events at Lingfield (1m2f) in February and Kempton (1m3f) in March; had to manoeuvre out behind Israr approaching the 2f marker in London Gold Cup at Newbury (1m2f, good) but kept close tabs on him thereafter to finish second of 12 in that hot race on handicap debut; raised 5lb but still has potential; not bred for this far but his 1m3f AW win came in good style.
12(5)
6221
silk
Newfoundland

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
3
9-3
90
106
Has run in four maidens on good ground, twice runner-up (1m5f and 1m2f) before his tidy win at Navan (1m5f) where he travelled best but had to be switched over 1f out before asserting readily; late foal, brother to last season's Oaks winner Snowfall; no shock if this Irish Derby and Irish St Leger entry turns out to be a good deal better than this opening mark.
16(14)
61-6
silk
Inverness

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J: Kieran Shoemark
T: Charles Hills
3
9-2
89
101
Made up a lot of ground to snatch a maiden win over 1m at Goodwood (good to firm) on his second 2yo start; similar form when a never-nearer sixth of eight in Listed race at Epsom (1m2f, good) on reappearance, which he needs to build on in a major way having been withdrawn twice since because of ground (good and soft) that was deemed unsuitable.
2(4)
40-411
silk
Yashin

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J: Shane Foley
T: Mrs John Harrington
3
9-9
96
106
All five starts were on good ground; there was an awful lot to like about the way he won over 1m4f on handicap debut at Leopardstown and getting up from Vina Sena over 1m2f at Navan three weeks later was another marked step forward; moving back to 1m4f can help him to maintain his progress and he still has a bright future.
1(1)
135-34
silk
Berkshire Rebel

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J: Harry Davies
T: Andrew Balding
3
9-9
96
105
Won on good to firm on debut but his 2yo form took a leap forward when fifth of nine in 1m2f Group 3 at Newmarket (good) in October; put firmly in his place by his two Charlie Appleby-trained rivals at Newbury (1m2f) on reappearance and well-beaten last of four in the Chester Vase (1m4f, soft; 25-1) which leaves him with plenty to prove.
15(3)
42-1
silk
Deauville Legend

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J: Daniel Muscutt
T: James Ferguson
3
9-2
89
106
Refused to enter the stalls on his intended second start as 2yo and gelded afterwards; still ran twice in that campaign and improved when winning a 12-runner maiden at Windsor (1m2f, good to firm) in April; bred to relish 1m4f+ so there could be a big step forward on this handicap debut.
17(21)
531
silk
Balhambar

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J: Richard Kingscote
T: Sir Michael Stoute
3
8-12
85
104
Late foal; promise on debut (good to firm) and plenty of it from off the pace next time; went on over 2f out and clear 1f out in Chepstow maiden (1m2f, good) three weeks ago, holding on by a head from a fast-finishing and very interesting newcomer; while this handicap debut in such a hot race demands another marked step forward, he's a fascinating prospect.
3(12)
12-31
silk
Israr

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J: Jim Crowley
T: John & Thady Gosden
3
9-8
95
108
Out of the Oaks and King George winner Taghrooda; won debut on good to firm; improved form throughout his four-race career, from off the pace in two 1m2f handicaps this season and last time he was produced for a narrow win over Surrey Mist in four-way finish to the London Gold Cup at Newbury; raised 6lb but surely has more to offer, including now trying 1m4f for first time.
6(11)
442-21
silk
Schmilsson

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J: David Probert
T: Andrew Balding
3
9-5
92
107
Unraced on firmer than good; stepped back up to 1m2f at Bath last time, running away with a five-runner maiden after making the running; the handicapper has taken a much sterner view of him after that and 1m4f is not sure to suit on pedigree, but he's a handicap newcomer fresh from an impressive win, so not ruled out.
4(18)
2-11
silk
Mandobi

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J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
3
9-8
95
101
Close second on sole 2yo outing (1m, soft) and odds-on winner from the front this season of good-ground novice events at Ripon (1m2f) and Thirsk (1m4f); looks much better at 1m4f than shorter and brings potential to this handicap debut.
13(15)
314512
silk
Achnamara

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J: Joe Fanning
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston
3
9-3
90
107
Should be far more exposed than most of these, having been on the go in three 9.4f-1m4f handicaps in January and four 1m4f-14.5f handicaps more recently; won well on good to firm at Beverley on penultimate start but he's 11lb higher today following his close second at Doncaster; sole representative for a yard which usually has a multiple entry.
18(16)
1-9952
silk
Vina Sena

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J: Jamie Spencer
T: Henry De Bromhead
3
8-11
84
106
Won on debut at Dundalk (1m, AW) in December; hooded last three outings and shot back to form when dramatically coming from a detached last to second in 13-runner handicap won by Yashin at Navan (1m2f, good) latest; that opens up the prospect that 1m4f will now suit, as does stamina in the family.
19(2)
3-3172
silk
Teumessias Fox

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J: Rob Hornby
T: Andrew Balding
3
8-11
84
106
First three starts were on AW, runaway winner of a Newcastle novice when upped to 1m2f on third occasion; well held since over that trip on good ground in a Listed race at Epsom and when second of six in handicap at Salisbury, the latter in a manner suggesting that 1m4f can suit but he needs to leave that form a long way behind.
8(10)
1-43
silk
Franz Strauss

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
3
9-5
92
103
Justified 6-5 favouritism at Newcastle (1m, AW) in December; put in his place in the Group 3 Classic Trial at Sandown and a novice at Notttingham (both 1m2f on good), which did not look overly exciting but he's an unexposed handicap debutant in first-time headgear, over a new trip which could easily suit, and represents powerful connections.
9(9)
231
silk
Flying Dolphin

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J: Colin Keane
T: J P Murtagh
3
9-5
92
108
Bold shows over 1m2f on good going on first two starts; built on those minor honours when clearcut winner with tongue-tie and cheekpieces fitted at Gowran Park (9.5f, yielding) in another maiden last month, making all; stamina in the family adds interest on this handicap debut.
11(6)
111
silk
Savvy Knight

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J: James Doyle
T: S Woods
3
9-3
90
106
By a sprinter out of a 1m4f winner; three from three after his maiden at Nottingham (1m2f) in April, novice at Bath (11.6f; by a nose) in May and five-runner handicap at Hamilton (1m3f; clearcut) two weeks ago, all on good; raised 5lb and into a much tougher race but he's a useful prospect.
14(13)
212
silk
Post Impressionist

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: William Haggas
3
9-2
89
111
1-3 when he won a 1m maiden at Ayr (good) in April on second start; got going too late when second of 14 to yesterday's Queen's Vase winner Eldar Eldarov in a novice at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) a month later but the form looks good (not just after yesterday, as the close third won by 9l next time) and there is clear promise for 1m4f in that performance and his pedigree; very much one to note now that he gets that trip on today's handicap debut.
5(8)
211
silk
Secret State

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J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
3
9-6
93
112
Emphatic winner of 1m2f Chester maiden (soft) on second start; dropped back to 1m (good) when he followed up at 1-3 in a novice at Nottingham 18 days later but stamina had looked a strength at Chester and that performance makes him a fascinating candidate over 1m4f on this handicap debut.

Verdict

In a fascinating field, packed with potential, YASHIN gets the vote ahead of Post Impressionist and Newfoundland.

Past 10 Winners

Key race stats

  • Top-two finish last time, 10/10 (seven won)
  • Officially rated between 88 and 95, 9/10
  • Carried no more than 9st 1lb, 9/10
  • Previously contested a handicap, 8/10 (seven won one)
  • Won earlier in the season, 8/10
  • Drawn in double figures, 8/10
Other factors
  • Mark Johnston has had six winners since 1995, while Sir Michael Stoute has had four.

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