King’s Stand Stakes (Ascot) Betting Tips & Preview – Tuesday 20th June 2017

Once again we have a large and talented field competing for the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes. The five furlong sprint will see 18 horses battle it out down Ascot’s galloping straight track in what is normally a frantic affair.

The £400,000 event has been part of the Global Sprint Challenge since 2005, helping it to attract talented sprinters from all over the world. From this point the race has seen winners bred in the likes of France, Australia and New Zealand.

Past Winners/Top Jockeys and Trainers

In 2014, Sole Power became the 11th horse to have won this race on more than one occasion. Both Profitable and Goldream have has a chance of becoming the 12th this year.

  1. 2016 – Profitable, ridden by Adam Kirby, trained by Clive Cox
  2. 2015 – Goldream, ridden by Martin Harley, trained by Robert Cowell
  3. 2014 – Sole Power, ridden by Richard Hughes, trained by Edward Lynam.
  4. 2013 – Sole Power, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, trained by Edward Lynam
  5. 2012 – Little Bridge, ridden by Zac Purton, trained by Danny Shum

Betting Tips

Neither Goldream nor Profitable are overly fancied, both trading at 16/1 at BetVictor, despite each having a previous victory in this race. The former has put in a couple of good efforts at Group level this season and can’t be ruled out entirely but it must be mentioned that there hasn’t been an eight-year-old winner for decades.

As for Profitable, it looks as though the good to firm ground expected at Ascot rules out any realistic hopes he has. The going was soft when he triumphed last year and he’s very much a horse who likes the ground to have some give.

Something that all of the previous seven winners have in common is that they all won from an official rating of 111 or higher. The top rated horse on the racecard for this race is Lady Aurelia who will set off with a mark of 121. The narrow favourite rides light, at just 8st 9lbs due to being a three-year-old filly, and it is thought that may be enough to give her a fifth career victory. Five furlongs definitely looks like her distance and she shouldn’t be bothered by traffic thanks to her draw on the very outside.

The last female horse to win this race was Cassandro Go in 2001 but this looks like it could change on Tuesday. Along with Lady Aurelia, there is another filly, Marsha, who is the second favourite at 4/1 with Betfair. She’s battled with the boys several times before and more than matched them when winning two Class 1 events including one last month. On both occasions she just had the beating of Washington DC who will be after revenge here. For a horse who has run Marsha close twice, the course and distance winner is trading generously at 16/1 with Betfair,

Conclusion

There are two very strong fillies lining up for this renewal of the King’s Stand Stakes and there is little to choose between them. Experience running with the boys may be just enough to give Marsha the edge however. In the each way market, Aidan O’Brien’s Washington DC stands a good chance of making the top three for a third Royal Ascot in a row.

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