There’s still plenty of exciting races to come in the 2021 UK horse racing calendar. Saturday 24 July sees the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
If looking for a winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, then listening to a Beatles classic may be the answer. ‘All You Need is Love’ is the song to listen to. That’s because Love is the favourite with sportsbooks to win this top race.
This is a Group 1 race for horses aged three years and over. It’s been won by legendary horses such as Nijinsky, Brigadier Gerard, Dancing Brave, Troy and in recent years, Enable. Now Love bids to follow in the hooves of those great champions. It is also an important race in terms of the 2021 Breeders’ Cup. The winner will receive an invitation to take part in the lucrative Breeders’ Cup Turf race later this year.
Trained by Aidan O’Brien, 2020 saw Love win two of the English classics. The 1000 Guineas was won at Newmarket and then, the Oaks at Epsom by nine lengths. The filly then went on to win the Yorkshire Oaks to extend her unbeaten run to five races.
After a gap of 300 days, Love returned to the racetrack in June to win the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. The odds at sportsbooks have Love as the favourite to win another top race. A bold run is expected and as a filly, Love will receive three pounds in weight from the male horses.
The next highest odds belong to Adayar who is trained by Charlie Appelby. Those who backed Adayar in the Epsom Derby are probably still celebrating their win. After finishing second in two Derby trials, Adayar went and won the Epsom Derby at odds of 16/1. A result that pleased many a bookmaker as those with shorter odds were beaten.
That was only his second win, the other in a Class 4 race at Nottingham last October. Can Adayar build on his Derby success? This is his first race since that big win in June. Giving weight to Love (who is a year older) isn’t going to be an easy task for sure and the odds look against him winning this race, A good performance is important though, it’s always good to see Derby winners continue to show good form.
The interesting part of this race is that horses of different sexes and ages take part. The last nine running’s of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has seen a three-year-old win just three times.
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Aside from Adayar, there is only one other three-year-old in this race. Lone Eagle is the mount of Freddie Dettori and trained by Martyn Meade. Dettori has won this race three times in the last four years, all on Enable. He has won the race seven times in his career, the record total with Lester Piggott.
Lone Eagle finished second in the Irish Derby in his last race. His dam’s sire was Duke of Marmalade who won this race in 2008. Sportsbooks have Lone Eagle as joint third favourite to win this race, but he could well get placed.
The other third favourite is Mishriff who is four-years old and trained by John and Thady Gosden. John has trained the winner of this race on five occasions. Another win will get him level with record owner Sir Michael Stoute.
Gosden trained Enable to three wins, but Mishriff isn’t in that class. His most recent run was finishing third in the Group 1 Coral Eclipse. At five-years-old, Japan is an interesting runner. He’s another trained by Aidan O’Brien and recently won a Group 3 race at Leopardstown in Ireland. A place looks possible but it’s Love that looks like being the winner on Saturday.