King George VI Stakes – Ante-post evaluation

King George VI Stakes

Do you bear in mind Christmas time as a child?

The countless build-up for weeks and weeks simply so you possibly can get up vibrant and early in anticipation of an incredible day.

Proper now, amongst countless practice journeys to and from London, there is just one race I can take into consideration and that’s this weekend’s King George VI Stakes.

15 of the perfect 1m4f horses from the UK and France clashing at Ascot; how are you going to not love that?

Anyway, let’s cease speaking as a result of listed below are my ante-post picks for Saturday.


Nothing Random about her possibilities

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Starting with 2:25 at Ascot, RANDOM HARVEST appears to be just a few factors too massive at 8/1 within the Group 3 Valiant Stakes.

Taking a small scan at her opponents, Affluent Voyage wouldn’t need mushy floor, Grande Dame must put final trip behind her, and Ameynah hasn’t run since her third within the 2022 1000 Guineas.

Then should you look again to Ed Walker’s five-year-old and browse her kind, her second at Royal Ascot to Rogue Millenium was excellent and she or he gave three kilos away to Affluent Voyage when second at Epsom in circumstances that suited Ralph Beckett’s Group 1 winner higher.

Rogue Millenium is a 10-1 winner of the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes

Again in journey and again within the winners’ enclosure!#ITVRacing | #RoyalAscot | @tomcloverracing

— ITV Racing (@itvracing) June 21, 2023

Again with some dig beneath her feat, floor she gained on in a Group 3 in France on mushy floor, she ought to go shut at 8/1.


Purple Rain

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The race continuing the characteristic occasion, the Worldwide Stakes Handicap, appears like a aggressive contest to work out, nonetheless, the purple colors of BARADAR at 7/1 with William Hill shine very brightly.

Engaged on the idea of excellent to mushy/mushy floor for the weekend if Ascot receives its supposed rain on Thursday and Saturday, that may go well with George Boughey’s five-year-old proper all the way down to the bottom.

Firstly, the Muhaarar gelding beat Biggles, the 6/1 ante-post favorite, on heavy going at Doncaster final November when receiving six kilos; on Saturday, he’ll obtain seven kilos from Ralph Beckett’s six-year-old following his Newmarket win not too long ago.

BARADAR bolts up @DoncasterRaces underneath David Egan – nicely carried out to @amoracingltd

— George Boughey Racing (@gbougheyracing) November 5, 2022

Secondly, his third within the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster in April may be upgraded as, for my part, jockey Kevin Stott received to the entrance too early, permitting Migration and Awaal to sneak by.

All the way down to a workable mark of 96, I feel this race appears nearly excellent for Baradar, so hopefully, he can do the enterprise.



The French supercar

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Wanting on the 15-strong discipline, initially, I needed to know what SIMCA MILLE meant and after some analysis, the Simca 1000 (Mille) was a cheap, trendy automobile that was offered in France between 1961 and 1978.

Admittedly, this wasn’t a supercar as my subtitle suggests, however this Saturday, I’m hoping that Stephane Wattel’s model of the saloon car can energy to success in fashion at 33/1 with William Hill within the King George VI Stakes.

Like Baradar, the Tamayuz four-year-old will relish any rain that comes down based mostly on his second within the Group 1 Prix Ganay in April and his earlier win within the Group 2 Prix d’Harcourt.

Iresine wins the Prix Ganay!

Jean-Pierre Gauvin’s star comes down the surface to land a second profession Group 1 title at @paris_longchamp underneath Marie Velon…

— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) April 30, 2023

Moreover, his victory final yr within the Group 2 Prix Niel on mushy floor over 12 furlongs when seemingly inexperienced as grass after hitting the entrance early is promising in a discipline like this as not many have confirmed themselves – or had the prospect to show themselves – at 1m4f in worsening circumstances.

Are there stylish animals within the race? Sure. Will it’s robust to present Auguste Rodin 9 kilos? Sure. Nevertheless, these items are all about discovering ante-post worth, and from my perspective, he’s precisely that.

Author: Patrick Thomas