King Edward VII Stakes
Group 2, Ascot 15:05
£225,000 added,
3yo only,
1m 3f 211y, Class 1   
Friday 21st June 2019

1 Japan 6/4F
2 Bangkok 10/1
3 Eagles By Day 25/1
8 ran Distances: 4½l, nk, 2½l
Time: 2m 29.16s (slow by 0.66s)

Japan wins easily for Ryan Moore & Aidan O'Brien

Day four of the Royal Meeting 2019 had been widely predicted to be a strong day for Aidan O'Brien, Coolmore and Ryan Moore - the second race has proved initial predictions correct - the King Edward VI Stakes was won by four and a half lengths by the O'Brien-trained and Moore-ridden Japan (6/4f), who had finished third in the G1 Derby last time out.
 
"The Derby was a very good race, I don't think anyone realised what a good race it was - we can see what happened to Circus Maximus earlier in the week. They were all there together - it was a very high-class race," said O'Brien, the QIPCO leading trainer of the week with five wins.
 
"This is a very smart horse and he is coming forward lovely all the time, who knows but we couldn't be happier. 
 
"He had a lovely run in the Dante, and he was just ready to go again, and came forward for the Derby. Wayne was delighted with him in the Derby, Wayne rides him in all his work. Everything has been right with him all the time and progressing all the time."

Lead owner Derrick Smith said: "It was as you would expect him to win really, he was third in the Derby, I reckon he is the best of the lot, this wasn't a surprise. The surprise was the price!" 

Moore said: "This is a high-class colt and he put the race to bed very easily there. We went a pretty good pace. I was happy where I was rounding the home turn, as I was on the best horse.
 
"He is more than a St Leger horse, no disrespect to the race. This is a good horse and he will be a very effective mile and-a-half horse going forward."
 
Japan, who is trained by Aidan O'Brien, had finished a close third in the Investec Derby on his previous start. Asked if today's performance was an improvement on that effort, Moore said: "Possibly."
 
Japan is a son of Galileo and is out of Shayste (Danehill). He is a brother to the Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture and the Group 3 winner Sir Isaac Newton.
 
He was bred by Newells Park Stud, and bought by MV Magnier/Mayfair/P&R Doyle for 1.3 million guineas at Tattersalls October Book 1 Yearling Sale in 2017.

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King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
£225,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 3f 211y, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

POS BTN HORSE AGE WGT ISP
JOCKEY & TRAINER
1 JAPAN 3 9-0 6/4
J: Ryan Moore T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
2 BANGKOK (IRE) 3 9-0 10/1
J: Silvestre De Sousa T: Andrew Balding
3 nk EAGLES BY DAY (IRE) 3 9-0 25/1
J: Daniel Tudhope T: Michael Bell
4 PRIVATE SECRETARY 3 9-0 9/2
J: Frankie Dettori T: John Gosden
5 PABLO ESCOBARR (IRE) 3 9-0 13/2
J: James Doyle T: William Haggas
6 9 PONDUS 3 9-0 4/1
J: Oisin Murphy T: James Fanshawe
7 HUMANITARIAN (USA) 3 9-0 12/1
J: Robert Havlin T: John Gosden
8 33 JACK YEATS (IRE) 3 9-0 16/1
J: Donnacha O'BrienT: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland

KING EDWARD VII STAKES WINNERS

YR/DATE GR WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER AGE/WGT SP

2018 2 OLD PERSIAN
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