King Edward VII Stakes
Group 2, Ascot 17:35
£225,000 guaranteed,
3yo only,
1m 3f 233y, Class 1   
Friday 17th June 2022


1 Changingoftheguard 11/10F
2 Grand Alliance 10/1
3 Lysander 15/2
6 ran Distances: shd, 4l, shd
Time: 2m 30.44s (slow by 0.44s)

Aidan O’Brien celebrated his 80th Royal Ascot winner after Derby fifth Changingoftheguard made all of the running to grind out a narrow win.
Given a positive ride by Ryan Moore, the 11/10 favourite kept finding for pressure along the inside rail to edge out Grand Alliance by a short-head, with four lengths back to Lysander in third.
However, the result might well have been different had the runner-up not wandered badly to his left in the closing stages, costing himself more ground than he was beaten at the line. Danny Tudhope's mount traded as short as 1/25 in running.
O’Brien said: “We are just so privileged to be dealing with these horses and to be working for John and Sue Magnier, Derrick and Gay Smith, Michael and Doreen Tabor and now Georg and Emily von Opel. It is a big team effort between Ballydoyle and Coolmore. We feel very privileged to be the small part we are.
“Changingoftheguard is a tough hardy horse, and Ryan gave him a brilliant ride. He is a very genuine horse and will stay further. We think the horse might be very happy going the St Leger trip. He doesn't surrender.”
Moore said: “Changingoftheguard was not at his best today. Even around the track, he was having a look and wasn't focused. He kept going and the runner-up has run across the track, but I needed a bit of help really.
“He is a very honest horse, but he just gallops. He could have done with a bit of company and a bit of help. He wasn't getting a lot of it and we were sitting ducks, but he does have that bit of class.
"It is tough to go from Epsom to here in 13 days. I would imagine he may be a Great Voltigeur/St Leger horse going forwards.”

Trainers Quotes

John Magnier said: “It's well known and well discussed that Galileos have their will to win and it's coming through with his sons and daughters. It is all over the place really – the secret is out.
“That does the talking [899 Group winners for Aidan O'Brien] and he doesn't have to do it. It's refreshing to see a modest approach, I think. You see it with Chris Waller too. Their records show it."
Charlie Fellowes said of the wayward runner-up: “To have a really good one for the Roys [owners] is fantastic. They have been supporters of mine for quite a long time now, and the lads have done such a great job with the horse.
“He is not straightforward. He has his own ideas about the game, but he’s very talented and is a pleasure to have around the place. It’s just nice to train good horses. He’ll have his day – it’s not today, but he will.
“I did not think the visor was going to make any difference for the first half of the race, and then, a bit like at Epsom, he sort of clocked on a bit earlier this time and cruised round the corner, and I thought, all right! Then when he’s in the straight, he veers further and further across… maybe the ground didn’t help.
“The St Leger has been mentioned. Whether he’ll stay that far, I don’t know. I think Danny [Tudhope] was more worried about how knackered he’d be at the end of the Leger, pushing him round that far! We’ll see.”


King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
£225,000 guaranteed, 3yo only, 1m 3f 211y, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good to Firm

1 (3)     Changingoftheguard 3 9-2 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 11/10F
2 (1)
shd Grand Alliance 3 9-2 Charlie Fellowes Daniel Tudhope 10/1
3 (6)
4 Lysander 3 9-2 William Haggas Tom Marquand 15/2
4 (5)
shd Ottoman Fleet 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby William Buick 9/4
5 (4)
 Dark Moon Rising 3 9-2 Kevin Ryan Kevin Stott 14/1
6 (2)
 Savvy Victory 3 9-2 S Woods James Doyle 20/1




2021 2 ALENQUER 3 9-0 William Haggas Tom Marquand M M Stables 13/8F
2020 2 PYLEDRIVER William Muir Martin Dwyer Knox & Wells Limited and R Devlin 3-9-00 18/1
2019 2 JAPAN Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor 3-9-00 6/4F
2018 2 OLD PERSIAN Charlie Appleby William Buick Godolphin 3-9-00 9/2
2017 2 PERMIAN Mark Johnston William Buick Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 3-9-00 6/1
2016 2 ACROSS THE STARS Sir Michael Stoute Frankie Dettori Saeed Suhail 3-9-00 7/1
2015 2 BALIOS David Simcock Jamie Spencer Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd 3-9-00 3/1
2014 2 EAGLE TOP John Gosden William Buick Lady Bamford 3-9-00 12/1
2013 2 HILLSTAR Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore Sir Evelyn De Rothschild 3-8-12 15/2
2012 2 THOMAS CHIPPENDALE Sir Henry Cecil Johnny Murtagh Sir Robert Ogden 3-8-12 9/2
2011 2 NATHANIEL John Gosden William Buick Lady Rothschild 3-8-12 11/4F
2010 2 MONTEROSSO Mark Johnston Frankie Dettori Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 3-8-12 7/2
2009 2 FATHER TIME Henry Cecil Eddie Ahern Khalid Abdullah 3-8-12 9/1
2008 2 CAMPANOLOGIST Saeed Bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 3-8-12 9/1
2007 2 BOSCOBEL Mark Johnston Joe Fanning Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-12 7/1
06/23/06 2 PAPAL BULL Sir Michael Stoute Kieren Fallon Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor 3-8-12 5/4F
*05/17/06 2 PLEA BARGAIN John Gosden Jimmy Fortune Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-11 9/2
04/18/06 2 FIVE DYNASTIES Aidan O’Brien IRE Jamie Spencer Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor 3-8-11 11/4F
03/20/06 2 HIGH ACCOLADE Marcus Tregoning Martin Dwyer Lady Tennant 3-8-11 5/2F
02/21/06 2 BALAKHERI Sir Michael Stoute Johnny Murtagh H H Aga Khan 3-8-10 11/4F
01/22/06 2 STORMING HOME Barry Hills Michael Hills Maktoum Al Maktoum 3-8-08 9/2
00/23/06 2 SUBTLE POWER Henry Cecil Richard Quinn Thoroughbred Corporation 3-8-08 7/4F
99/18/06 2 MUTAFAWEQ Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori Godolphin 3-8-08 4/1F
98/19/06 2 ROYAL ANTHEM Henry Cecil Kieren Fallon Thoroughbred Corporation 3-8-08 9/4F
97/20/06 2 KINGFISHER MILL Julie Cecil Pat Eddery Lord Howard de Walden 3-8-08 9/4F
96/21/06 2 AMFORTAS Clive Brittain Brett Doyle Brian Voak 3-8-08 66/1
95/23/06 2 PENTIRE Geoff Wragg Michael Hills Mollers Racing 3-8-08 4/1
94/14/06 2 FOYER Michael Stoute Michael Kinane Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-08 7/2
93/15/06 2 BENEFICIAL Geoff Wragg Michael Hills Exors of late Sir Robin McAlpine 3-8-08 11/4F
92/16/06 2 BEYTON Richard Hannon snr Michael Kinane David Cock 3-8-08 12/1
91/18/06 2 SADDLERS’ HALL Michael Stoute Lester Piggott Lord Weinstock 3-8-08 7/1
90/19/06 2 PRIVATE TENDER Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Cliveden Stud 3-8-08 11/4F
89/20/06 2 CACOETHES Guy Harwood Pat Eddery Lady Harrison 3-8-08 8/13F
88/14/06 2 SHERIFF’S STAR Lady Herries Tony Ives Lavinia Duchess of Norfolk 3-8-08 9/2
87/16/06 2 LOVE THE GROOM John Dunlop Pat Eddery Mrs V Gaucci del Bono 3-8-08 7/1
86/17/06 2 BONHOMIE Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-08 9/4F
85/20/06 2 LANFRANCO Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Charles St George 3-8-06 13/8F
84/21/06 2 HEAD FOR HEIGHTS Dick Hern Willie Carson Sheikh Mohammed 3-8-06 5/1
83/16/06 2 SHAREEF DANCER Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn Maktoum Al Maktoum 3-8-06 10/1
82/17/06 2 OPEN DAY Dick Hern Willie Carson Sir Michael Sobell 3-8-06 9/1
81/18/06 2 BUSTOMI Dick Hern Willie Carson Lady Beaverbrook 3-8-06 13/2
80/19/06 2 LIGHT CAVALRY Henry Cecil Joe Mercer Jim Joel 3-8-06 9/2
79/21/06 2 ELA-MANA-MOU Guy Harwood Greville Starkey Mrs Andry Muinos 3-8-06 11/10F
78/22/06 2 ILE DE BOURBON Fulke Johnson Houghton John Reid David McCall 3-8-06 11/1
77/16/06 2 CLASSIC EXAMPLE Peter Walwyn Pat Eddery Col Roger Hue-Williams 3-8-10 14/1
*run at York