With the extraordinary Royal Ascot meet now in the record books, it’s time to shift focus towards some of the UK’s top summertime Group 1 races to be held at other popular tracks. Every year, The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes is the standard-bearer for the top gallopers in Europe. The race serves as a stark preview for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which is scheduled to be run each year in France as the racing season comes to a glorious end. For online bookmakers and tipsters, this is a favorite event for the release of free horse racing tips.
Conditions of the Race
The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 1 race for 3-year-olds and older to be run at a distance of 2400 meters (1 ½ miles on turf). Each year, the race is held at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England. The year’s race will be run on July 29, carrying a total purse of approximately £1,150,000 with the winner scheduled to take home just under £700,000. Weights will be assigned based on set weights with an allowance for fillies and mares.
The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes had its inaugural running in 1951.
The race has featured some of the greatest thoroughbreds in racing history, ridden by the best jockeys for the best trainers and owners. In its illustrious 65-year history, only two horses have won this grueling event twice. The brilliant race-mare Dahlia won the race in 1973 and 1974, followed by Swain, who took the event in 1997 and 1998. The legendary jockey Lester Piggott won the race a record seven times while three different trainers can lay claim to winning the event on five different occasions. Other past winners include Ribot (1956), Nijinsky (1970), Shergar (1981), Galileo (2001) and last year’s winner Highland Reel.
This Year’s Contenders
With some of Europe’s top 3-year-olds ready to make the transition to facing older horses and mares, this year’s race figures to be a wide-open event with several key contenders. With 30 days until the horses meet the starter, there are a total of 42 nominations.
Leading the list is defending champion Highland Reel, who is coming off brilliant back-to-back wins in the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom and the Group 1 Prince of Wale’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. For trainer Aidan O’Brien, Highland Reel has won Group 1 races on three different continents (North America, Asia and Europe). After showing the ability to rate behind speed in the Prince of Wales, Highland Reel has become a much more versatile racehorse.
After capping off a brilliant 3-year old season with a big win in the Group 1 Coral Eclipse, much was expected of Hawkbill by the Godolphin Stables, coming into this racing season. With a nice third in the Coronation Cup, this one could be rounding back into top form.
If any 3-year old is going to make an impact, it figures to be O’Brien’s Wings of Eagles. The lightly raced son of Pour Moi finally asserted himself with a victory in the classic Group 1 Epsom Derby at this same distance. With much upside potential, this one figures to give his stable mate all he can handle.
By getting busy and taking advantage of horse racing tips for today, you can start to build a bankroll in time to get your free horse racing tips for the summer classics. Horse racing tips for today are readily available from many of the Internet’s top online bookmakers for free, or by paying a small fee to Europe’s top tipsters.