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King George V Stakes

17:35 Royal Ascot

2021-06-17

Winner: £35100

Runners: 17

Going:Good To Firm

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Distance: 1m3f211yy

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The King George V Stakes is a handicap run over 1m4f. It takes place at 17:35 on Thursday 17th June, which is the third day of Royal Ascot 2021. 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(6)
413-8
silk
Just Fine

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J: Richard Kingscote
T: Sir Michael Stoute
3
124
91
111
Progressive in his three 2yo starts; looked sure to be suited by middle distances but, having been gelded, he disappointed in last of eight in handicap at Newmarket (1m2f, good) two months ago on reappearance.
4(2)
311
silk
Nagano

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J: David Egan
T: Roger Varian
3
127
94
110
Seemed to race lazily off the pace early on first two starts, therefore showing major promise to finish on heels of the leaders in newcomers race at Newmarket (1m, good to firm) and win in good style at Nottingham (1m2f, good to soft); able to race much more prominently at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) on latest start, not doing it easily enough to think he can assume a prominent early pitch today but turning the tables on Newmarket winner confirmed that he's a very good prospect, particularly now upped to 1m4f for handicap debut.
NR(19)
901-21
silk
Surrey Gold

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T: Hughie Morrison
3
120
87
113
Second at Lingfield (1m4f, AW) on handicap/seasonal debut; held up and travelled best before he was asked the question over 2f out at Newbury (1m3f, good to soft) five weeks ago and the answer was a runaway win; 12lb rise recognises that and a first run on fast ground would pose a question but he's an exciting prospect.
12(22)
3-216
silk
Too Friendly

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J: Callum Shepherd
T: George Scott
3
121
88
110
Won Doncaster maiden in promising style in March on the switch to turf; better form in Listed race at Epsom (again 1m2f on good) in April but, in sixth of eight, seemingly had some limitations exposed; needs better in today's first-time cheekpieces and may well stay.
13(5)
37-692
silk
San Martino

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J: Wayne Lordan
T: A P O'Brien
3
121
88
113
Nine races and despite pedigree he has not proved his stamina beyond 1m, having tried 1m1f (final 2yo start) and 1m2f (second start this term); his respectable second in a conditions race last time was over 7f and he raced freely; despite connections, others are more persuasive.
10(16)
42-81
silk
Sir William Bruce

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J: Seamie Heffernan
T: A P O'Brien
3
123
90
113
Co-second favourite for 14-runner handicap debut at Leopardstown (1m4f, good) last time and he was always prominent to win in something of a bunched finish; open to further improvement for top connections.
6(13)
134-5
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Francesco Guardi

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J: Daniel Muscutt
T: James Ferguson
3
124
91
112
Staying-on third in Listed race at Newbury (7f, good to soft) was easily best of three runs as 2yo; enough stamina in the pedigree but he needs to settle a lot better than in 1m2f Newmarket handicap on reappearance.
5(14)
6111-5
silk
Act Of Wisdom

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J: James Doyle
T: Charlie Appleby
3
125
92
109
Carries his head rather high but has been asked some serious questions and came up with the answers in cheekpieces on the last three of his four starts as 2yo; outspeeded where it mattered when creditable fifth of eight in 1m2f handicap at Newmarket (good) on return; 1m4f will help and he's been gelded but further improvement is needed.
1(11)
54-11
silk
Sir Lamorak

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
3
133
100
112
Had only one of his 12 rivals behind him on turn for home in handicap at Leopardstown (1m2f, good) in April but led final 1f to win by nearly 4l; on that evidence he will stay 1m4f and looks a good prospect but he was withdrawn after the rain fell when he was the likely favourite for Group 3 Chester Vase in May; talked of as a Derby candidate at the time, so has to be of major interest off a mark of 100 in this handicap.
15(21)
821-31
silk
Parachute

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J: Tom Marquand
T: Ed Walker
3
121
88
113
Albeit in a three-runner race, making all in handicap at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) last time confirmed that 1m4f is more his cup of tea than 1m2f; up 4lb into a vastly more competitive race but may have more to give.
2(10)
51-11
silk
Siskany

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J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
3
129
96
115
Won the last two of his three novice contests, latterly at Windsor (1m2f, good to firm); made all and showed his three rivals a clean pair of heels late on in handicap at Sandown (1m2f, soft) month later; has been on a steep upward curve and there's stamina in the pedigree; up 10lb and into a much more competitive race but he needs respect.
14(15)
34-212
silk
Military Mission

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J: Oisin Murphy
T: Hugo Palmer
3
121
88
111
Cheekpieces this term; made all for wide-margin win in a Salisbury novice (1m2f, soft) and strong-finishing second on handicap debut at Chester (1m2f, good to soft) 16 days later; up 3lb and could face different ground but shapes as if 1m4f will help; changed hands for £170,000 on Monday.
18(3)
8-2411
silk
Soapy Stevens

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J: Franny Norton
T: Mark Johnston
3
120
81
109
Sixth start and first win came at Chester (1m4f, good to soft) last month, leading late on after being forced wide; comfortably followed up in three-runner race at Haydock (1m6f, good to firm) eight days ago; has more in the tank along with 6lb penalty; respected.
11(7)
2-31
silk
First Light

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
3
123
90
112
No match for the winner at Kempton (1m, AW) in November or Newcastle (1m2f, AW) in April; his only serious rival was a flop in maiden at Ripon (1m2f, soft) last month but he won it by a street and isn't easy to pin down on this handicap debut, over new trip he looks sure to stay.
16(17)
91-21
silk
Surefire

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J: Hector Crouch
T: Ralph Beckett
3
121
82
115
Two out of four and improved markedly each time; second to Siskany at Windsor before ending up thoroughly in charge on handicap debut at Leicester ten days ago, both 1m2f on good to firm; well treated under 6lb penalty and 1m4f can help with further improvement; shortlisted.
9(9)
231-12
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Kondo Isami

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J: Ben Curtis
T: Mark Johnston
3
123
90
117
AW winner on final 2yo start; just hung on from Tashkhan at York (1m4f, good) last month and was himself pipped at Doncaster (14.5f, good to firm) against stablemate Dancing King who's in Wednesday's Queen's Vase; well handicapped up just 2lb and his trainer has won this race six times.
19(1)
87-121
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Tashkhan

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J: Ben Robinson
T: Brian Ellison
3
119
86
113
Landed the gamble on handicap/seasonal debut at Navan (1m2f, heavy) on final start for Emmet Mullins; so nearly overhauled Kondo Isami at York (1m4f, good) and built on that when striding clear over 1m2f at Haydock (soft); up another 11lb but going back to 1m4f will help and he's a serious contender.
3(20)
1-11
silk
Lord Protector

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J: Rob Hornby
T: Ralph Beckett
3
127
94
113
Three out of three following his novice events at Kempton (AW) and Windsor (1m2f, good) and a tidy front-running success in five-runner handicap at Salisbury (1m2f, soft); likely to stay 1m4f; up 6lb for this very different assignment but it's hard to say just how good he is.
8(8)
312
silk
Marshall Plan

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J: Robert Havlin
T: John & Thady Gosden
3
123
90
110
All three starts on AW; obliged in workmanlike style when evens in a three-runner race at Wolverhampton in March before good second in another 1m4f novice at Lingfield seven weeks ago; now tongue tied; early days but this is clearly a very different assignment on handicap debut.

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Surrey Gold
It will be fascinating to see how strong Sir Lamorak is in the market, after he temporarily had a high profile for the Derby when due to run in the Chester Vase. Nagano could be a big improver but there's a question of whether he is street-wise enough to overcome possible trouble in running from an inside stall. Tashkhan, drawn 1, has stacks of potential at the other end of the weights. SURREY GOLD, contrastingly, is drawn very wide and that has often proved an advantage in this race. With rain forecast for Wednesday night, he is selected to follow up his stylish win at Newbury, with Sir Lamorak the most likely danger. Surefire and Soapy Stevens are others to note.

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