King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO
Group 1, Ascot 15:40
£1,250,000 guaranteed, 3yo plus,
1m 3f 211y, Class 1   
Saturday 27th July 2024

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Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stable boasts strong contenders for this year’s renewal of the prestigious race.

Among them are Auguste Rodin and City Of Troy. Irish Derby winner Los Angeles and Coronation Cup victor Luxembourg also remain in the mix, with O’Brien holding eight out of the 19 remaining entries for the Group 1 contest.

Auguste Rodin, winner of the 2023 Epsom Derby, recently triumphed in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. He aims to redeem himself after a lackluster performance in last year’s King George.

City Of Troy, this year’s Derby and Coral-Eclipse winner, is another formidable contender. O’Brien stated, “His options are the King George, the Juddmonte International, and the Irish Champion Stakes. We’ll assess his condition after Sandown before making a decision.” Other Ballydoyle hopefuls include Continuous, Hans Anderson, Point Lonsdale, and Tower Of London.

George Scott’s star, Isle Of Jura, seeks a sixth consecutive victory. His recent win in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot over the same course and distance bodes well for this contest. The gelding had an impressive campaign in Bahrain during the winter months and returned to British soil with a decisive win in the Listed William Hill Stakes at Goodwood in May.

David Menuisier’s Sunway, narrowly trailing Los Angeles in the Irish Derby, has regained form. The mile and a half distance in Ireland, along with quick ground conditions, worked in his favor. The James Fanshawe-trained Ambiente Friendly, third in the Irish Derby and second in Epsom’s showpiece, also remains in contention.

William Haggas fields Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Dubai Honour and Coronation Cup runner-up Hamish.

Additional contenders include Charlie Appleby’s Rebel’s Romance, aiming for a sixth Group 1 victory (his first on British soil), John & Thady Gosden’s trio Arrest, Middle Earth, and Emily Upjohn, Ralph Beckett’s filly Bluestocking, and French raider Goliath trained by Francis-Henri Graffard.


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

1 512-72 Arrest 4 9-9 John & Thady Gosden
2 11-021 Auguste Rodin 4 9-9 A P O'Brien
3 2115-5 Continuous 4 9-9 A P O'Brien
4 6-1731 Dubai Honour 6 9-9 William Haggas
5 4-2142 Goliath 4 9-9 F-H Graffard
6 111-12 Hamish 8 9-9 William Haggas
7 -15695 Hans Andersen 4 9-9 A P O'Brien
8 -11111 Isle Of Jura 4 9-9 George Scott
9 22-401 Luxembourg 5 9-9 A P O'Brien
10 171-13 Middle Earth 4 9-9 John & Thady Gosden
11 3-0613 Point Lonsdale 5 9-9 A P O'Brien
12 41-111 Rebel's Romance 6 9-9 Charlie Appleby
13 49-115 Tower Of London 4 9-9 A P O'Brien
14 422-11 Bluestocking 4 9-6 Ralph Beckett
15 27-542 Emily Upjohn 5 9-6 John & Thady Gosden
16 3-4123 Ambiente Friendly 3 8-12 James Fanshawe
17 11-911 City Of Troy 3 8-12 A P O'Brien
18 11-131 Los Angeles 3 8-12 A P O'Brien
19 1-5272 Sunway 3 8-12 David Menuisier