Ascot’s King George has been a hard race to win more than once down the years. Dahlia and Swain have a pair of wins each, a feat equalled by Enable last year. On Saturday afternoon, John Gosden’s stable star created history by landing her third.
The summer where we truly saw her at her best. She arrived at Ascot having already won the Oaks double and continued her domination when taking on the older horses for the first time. She took full advantage of both her three-year-old allowance and weight for age to give Eclipse winner Ulysees a four and a half length beating.
It was a neck that she beat Crystal Ocean by last year, a hard fought success. Frankie Dettori looked at pains not to be too hard on her given that she had been trapped wide and further back than normal. She had to dig as deep as she had ever done and showed that she can win dirty as well as impressively.
Admittedly a disappointing field in 2020 but she still had a pair of rivals to beat who have both won Group 1’s. Plenty keen enough in the early stages, she tracked Sovereign in the early stages with Japan following her. Those tactics worked in the Irish Derby last year with William Buick really trying to slip the field as they went past the six pole.
Dettori never looked worried, creeping ever closer before sauntering past the long time leader a furlong and a half out. A squeeze from Dettori and she shot clear to create history with a third King George win. If that is the final time we see her on British shores in her career, she has gone out with a spectacular display.