King George VI Weekend is very nearly upon us. Slightly more relaxed than Royal Ascot, this two-day event is one of the highlights of Ascot’s flat racing season and a perfect way to enjoy high summer.
Who should we keep an eye on? Here are five horses who could make a big splash:
Golden Horn (The King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes)
No horse has won both the Derby and The King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes since Gallileo in 2001 – and no one has won the Derby, The King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Eclipse Stakes since 1989. That in itself makes Golden Horn the biggest story in one of British racing’s biggest events.
The only three-year old in a field of older horses, Golden Horn is unbeaten in 5 races and his price of as low as 1-2 reflects that. It’s very tough to look past perhaps the most talented horse of his generation.
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Dylan Mouth (The King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes)
Dylan Mouth is the first Italian-trained horse to run in the King George since 1989, and some punters are looking for him to produce a big upset. Priced at 25-1, Dylan Mouth has won 9 of his 10 career outings and while critics will point out that his only defeat also occurred on English soil at Ascot in 2014, he’s won multiple Group 1s in Italy.
If he’s matured as much as his owner Stefano Botti says he has, and if the ground does go slow as he prefers, Dylan could become something greater than an intriguing outsider.
Brazos (Gigaset International Stakes)
Although his last run was at Chester in May, there are plenty who will be watching Brazos to see if he can continue his good form. Few expected him to react well to soft ground at Chester but the colt dug in and came an impressive third.
Running in firmer conditions, the 4yo’s price of 25-1 looks slightly on the high side – while his stable won this race in 2009 with a similar horse in Al Muheer. One to keep an eye on.
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Lumiere (The Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes)
Lumiere impressed many when making her debut at Newmarket as she romped home over Sharja Queen to win by six lengths.
History could be on Lumiere’s side – of the last 20 Princess Margaret winners, 15 were unbeaten second-time runners while 5 of those won their first at Newmarket. The signs look good – and if her price is long she could be very interesting indeed.
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Roxy Star (EBF Stallions Valiant Stakes)
From William Haggas’ yard, Roxy Star is unbeaten in three races and many will be looking at her as an outside bet in the Valiant Stakes.
She may struggle to get past the hotly-tipped Evita Peron, who has run well this season and dominated at Newmarket this summer, but there’s no doubt Roxy Star has serious potential.
How much potential, we’ll shortly see.