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Ascot stage their mid-summer showpiece, the King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, at 3.40pm on Saturday 28th July. Sponsored by Qipco, 1m 4f contest is the first major test between the Classic generation and the older brigade over that distance and has seen some of the greatest horseracing encounters since it’s inception in 1951.

Champions such as Ribot, Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Brigadier Gerard, Shergar, Dancing Brave and Nashwan have their name on the King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes roll of honour and the 1975 renewal in which the three-year-old Derby winner Grundy prevailed in an epic battle with the previous year’s St Leger hero Bustino has been described by most experts of the Turf as the “ race of the century .”

Three trainers have dominated the race this century – Aidan O’Brien has 4 victories to his name followed by John Gosden and Sir Michael Stoute with 3 apiece. The 2018 renewal of the King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is likely to be fought out by contenders from all of those three stables:


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CRYSTAL OCEAN – 2-1 with Betstars Sir Michael’s Stoute’s son of Sea The Stars is unbeaten in three races this season and just failed to win last year’s St Leger, going down by half a length to Capri. A worthy favourite to provide Stoute with a sixth victory in the race, the first coming with Shergar in 1981.

POET’S WORD – 5-2 with William Hill ( If your horse wins by 2 lengths or more you’ll get a 15% William Hill free bet bonus )
Another from the Stoute stable this is a typical late-developing type, in the same mould as his two most recent winners ( Conduit in 2009 and Harbinger 2010 ) and produced his best ever performance last time when winning the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot over a mile and a quarter. Extra two furlong shouldn’t be a problem and hard to see the five-year-old not making the frame at the very least.

KEW GARDENS – 6-1 with Coral Looks to be Aidan O’Brien’s main hope judged on his recent victories in Royal Ascot’s Queen’s Vase and the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp. Only ninth behind Masar in the Investec Derby but has clearly improved significantly since the beginning of June and unlikely we have seen the best of him yet.

CRACKSMAN – 9-1 with Paddy Power. After beating Poet’s Word by seven lengths in last season’s Champion Stakes John Gosden’s Frankel colt looked a potential world-beater until going down to that horse at Royal Ascot last time. Not a certain runner at this stage but could prove the value of the race if taking part.
TIP – POET’S WORD can provide Sir Michael Stoute with the first two. Crystal Ocean is taken to follow him home.