Horse Racing at Ascot 2016
It would be the first time that a horse can win back-to-back runnings of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes this century, but Roger Varian believes in his stable star, Postponed, is in the form of his life and can become only the third in the history of the race to complete this gruelling double, which explains why the Defending Champ Postponed is so Favored in The King George VI at Ascot.
Just looking at Postponed early betting favorite for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) at Ascot on Saturday, July 23 at 888sport horse racing odds, Postponed is the current betting favorite at odds of 8/13. This five-year-old was last seen winning the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup (G1) at Epsom Downs on June 4 in impressive form by 4 ½ lengths, his third victory in 2016.
Postponed is seeking to become just the third two-time winner of the 1 ½ mile turf event, joining Swain (1997-1998) and Dahlia (1973-1974), which if it happens will definitely be a memorable event during this race.
Last year trainer Luca Cumani saddled Postponed, but the Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum-owned runner has been with trainer Roger Varian this year, we shall see if this will turn out a winning collaboration for the Postponed team.
Postponed is the favorite by all means but Aiden O’Brien trained Highland Reel is the second choice in the wagering we see betting odds at 888sport at 7/1. O’Brien has won the race three times including back to back years in 2007 and 2008 with Dylan Thomas and Duke of Marmalade, it surely makes him a contender for the first position.
Highland Reel was the runner up in the Hardwicke Stakes (G2) at Ascot in his last outing behind the Sir Michael Stoute trained Dartmouth. In his previous race outing he was fourth behind the winner Postponed in the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) on March 26.
O’Brien will also saddle contenders Order of St George who is the co-third choice with stablemate Us Army Ranger at 8/1 as per 888sport’s suggestions. He won the Gold Cup In Honour of The Queen’s 90th Birthday (G1) at Ascot with Ryan Moore in the irons, his fifth win in a row over soft ground in his last out.
To be also taken under consideration, Us Army Ranger, he has just three starts under his belt, last out a runner up finish in the Investec Derby (G1) at Epsom Downs behind Harzand. He won the MBNA Chester Vase (G2) at Chester in his previous race after winning the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden at his debut back in March.
The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is one of the most prestigious turf events held in Great Britain, which we cover every year and the second richest behind just the Epsom Derby (G1) won by Swain (1997 and 1998), Daylami (1999), Montjeu (2000) and Galileo (2001) all names of great fame no doubt.
The King George is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race. The winner earns an automatic starting spot and paid expenses to the year-end championship race which will be held at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. There is so much to look up for at Ascot this year, there are good chances that Postponed will win back-to-back this race is surly an event to be looked for and not missed!