King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO
Group 1, Ascot 15:40
£1,250,000 added, 3yo plus,
1m 3f 211y, Class 1   
Saturday 28th July 2018

Andre Fabre is not ruling out a tilt with Waldgeist following his thrilling victory at Saint-Cloud on July 1.


The Galileo colt claimed his third win of the season and provided his trainer with an eighth Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud success when getting the better of John Gosden’s filly Coronet by a nose.

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is likely to be Waldgeist’s long-term target, a race Fabre has won on a record seven occasions but not since Rail Link struck gold in 2006.

However, Waldgeist could first cross the Channel for the King George at Ascot on July 28.

Fabre said: “I’m delighted with him, of course.

“He is in the King George and if he recovers well we will look at it.

“I’m not sure if he has improved this season or not. Last year he hurt his back in the Irish Derby and it took him a long time to recover.”

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John Gosden had indicated Cracksman is more likely to have an autumn campaign than run at Ascot.

The Newmarket handler is minded to give the three-times Group One winner more time to get over his Royal Ascot exertions, where he finished second in the Prince of Wales’s stakes.

“He’s full of himself, he’s happy as anything. We’re obviously freshening at the moment, we’ll do a little bit of work,” said Gosden.

“We’ll keep an eye on the King George, but he’s more likely coming back for a late summer/autumn campaign, we’re not even halfway through the year as yet.

Poet's Word
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Poet's Word

“He’s won two Group Ones and been second in one. He ran a phenomenally good time at Ascot. Poet’s Word was immensely impressive and beat him fair and square – look how far back to the third (Hawkbill) who ran well in the Eclipse, so I don’t think it was bad form for a horse who was pretty lackadaisical that day.”

King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes
(Sponsored By Qipco) (British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£1,250,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 3f 211y, Class 1
19 remaining entries
Going: Good to Firm

Form Horse Age Weight Trainer
41-3291 Kew Gardens (IRE) 38 3 8-10 A P O'Brien
12-3227 Dee Ex Bee 28 3 8-10 M Johnston
4121-28 Hydrangea (IRE) 38 4 9-4 A P O'Brien
1313-12 Mildenberger 72 3 8-10 M Johnston
112-163 Nelson (IRE) 38 3 8-10 A P O'Brien
43-212 Forever Together (IRE) 27 3 8-7 A P O'Brien
13-8134 Bye Bye Baby (IRE) 27 3 8-7 A P O'Brien
3-41922 Rostropovich (IRE) 28 3 8-10 A P O'Brien
4253-12 Coronet 27 4 9-4 J H M Gosden
21112-1 Bateel (IRE) 68 6 9-4 F H Graffard
312-111 Crystal Ocean 35 4 9-7 Sir Michael Stoute
111-112 Cracksman 38 4 9-7 J H M Gosden
512433 Cliffs Of Moher (IRE) 21 4 9-7 A P O'Brien
110-113 Defoe (IRE) 62 4 9-7 R Varian
615-937 Desert Encounter (IRE) 38 6 9-7 D M Simcock
24-5111 Waldgeist 27 4 9-7 A Fabre
823-323 Salouen (IRE) 27 4 9-7 S Kirk
226-211 Poet's Word (IRE) 38 5 9-7 Sir Michael Stoute
51-3195 Best Solution (IRE) 119 4 9-7 S bin Suroor