The three-year-olds will battle it out in the King Edward VII Stakes on the Tuesday of Royal Ascot (normally Friday), a race that is now over 180 years old. During its early days it was open to fillies but now only colts and geldings are eligible to take part.
At the same distance as the Epsom Derby, this race began life known as the Ascot Derby and to this day runners from the Classic, which runs earlier in the month, regularly take part.
Next Race: Tuesday, 16th June 2020
The next race is scheduled to run on 16th June 2020. The race info, trends and tips shown below will be updated for the next renewal once the final declarations have been made.
Last Run: 21st June 2019
- Winner: Japan
- SP: 6/4
- Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
- Jockey: Ryan Moore
Race InfoFormer Group 1 winners are handed a three pound penalty in this race but there are none present among this year’s field. The colts involved will all set off carrying nine stones of weight on a course which given the recent rain in the area looks set to provide a stern test at the distance.
|Going||Distance||Grade||Prize Money||Runners||EW Terms|
|Soft||1m4f||Group 2||£225,000||8 Runners||1/5 1-3|
King Edward VII Stakes Betting Tips
An interesting renewal this year in that not one of the eight runner field has previously scored at the distance. That is rarely a barrier to success in this race though and we do have a number of performers with strong placed form at the trip – including in the Epsom Derby itself.
No trainer has been able to stamp their authority on this race for some time but jockey William Buick has fared well, riding four of the last eight winners.
Having a previous win at the distance has been a rare trait of recent winners in this race - Across the Stars being the only exception during the last seven years.
This race often welcomes horses that appeared in the Derby and we have two such colts this year. It is one of that duo who will be carrying our cash here, with the Aidan O’Brien/Galileo combo taken to land the knockout blow on the big stage once again.
JAPAN JUST TOO GOOD
The clear standout performer on this season’s form is the Aidan O’Brien-trained entry Japan. Highly promising in winning two of three in his juvenile campaign, hopes were high for this son of Galileo headed into his current campaign. All of which made his five and three quarter length fourth to Telecaster in the Dante a little underwhelming.
Whether he simply needed the run that day, or that he needs this trip of 1m4f, he was witnessed to much better effect in the Derby last time out. Flying home up the straight that day, he may well have mastered Anthony Van Dyck and the rest in another fifty yards or so, but had to settle for third in the end. Anything like that level of performance ought to make him very tough to beat.
SECRETARY TO STRIKE?
John Gosden has taken this twice in the past eight years, and sends two into battle this time around. Humanitarian brings strong form to the table having finished a respectable seventh in the Derby last time out, but that does leave him with significant ground to make up on the market leader. It is perhaps the mount of Frankie Dettori, Private Secretary, who boasts the strongest claims for Gosden.
Sired by the up and coming stallion that is Kingman, he is already a three time winner from as many starts this season, taking the steps from a Class 5 novice into a Class 3 handicap and latterly into a Listed event in his stride. This demands more again, but he is progressing nicely and possesses a turn of foot which may be a potent weapon here, particularly should they go slow.
PABLO TO POUNCE?
Another in with a decent shout is the William Haggas runner, Pablo Escobarr. Another Gallileo colt, this horse is becoming something of a bridesmaid – finishing second in three of his last four – but it is that most recent second in the Lingfield Derby Trial which brings him into the mix. The only horse to beat him that day was none other than Anthony Van Dyk – who of course went on to claim top spot in the big one at Epsom. The bare form of that does leave him with a little work to do with Japan, but it’s still relatively early days and further improvement is by no means impossible.
Final Verdict: Japan To Win
Private Secretary and Pablo Escobarr are respected, whilst Humanitarian may be the each way bet in the race. For us though it’s hard to knock a narrow third place finish in the Derby when it comes to a Group 2 1m4f event for the three year old colts. Japan looks the one to beat here and is a worthy favourite.
|2019||Japan||6/4||Aidan O'Brien||Ryan Moore|
|2018||Old Persian||9/2||Charlie Appleby||William Buick|
|2017||Permian||5/6||Mark Johnston||William Buick|
|2016||Across the Stars||7/4||Sir Michael Stoute||Frankie Dettori|
|2015||Balios||10/1||David Simcock||Jamie Spencer|
|2014||Eagle Top||10/1||John Gosden||William Buick|
|2013||Hillstar||15/2||Sir Michael Stoute||Ryan Moore|
|2012||Thomas Chippendale||9/2||Sir Henry Cecil||Johnny Murtagh|
|2011||Nathaniel||11/4||John Gosden||William Buick|
|2010||Monterosso||7/2||Mark Johnston||Frankie Dettori|
Standing as one of the highlights of day four at Royal Ascot is the King Edward VII Stakes. Run over the same distance as the Epsom Derby, you tend to find a few horses featuring in both events. Although this Group 2 contest doesn’t quite carry the same level of prestige, its £225,000 purse is enough to ensure it attracts a high quality field each year.
Like many of the races that feature during Royal Ascot, the King Edward VII Stakes has a long history stretching all the way back to the 19th century. It enjoyed its inaugural run in 1834 under the name of the Ascot Derby. The change in title occurred in 1926 in order to commemorate the son of Queen Victoria who died 16 years earlier. While initially a mixed sex race in its early days, the 1m 3f 211y test has long been a contest only open for colts and geldings aged three-years-old.
A STEP UP FOR MOST
Two recent King Edward winners, Permian (2017) and Across the Stars (2016) both ran in the Derby before their Royal Ascot visit. Neither made an impression at Epsom, both finishing in 10th place, showing the difference in quality between the two events. Rarely has the Derby been used as a warm up test for King Edward winners though, with the two aforementioned names rather bucking the trend. Winning both races is even rarer with no horse winning doing so since the 19th century.
Usually, this race acts as a step up for the hopeful field, rather than being a step down. Between 2003 and 2018, only five of the 15 champions of this Group 2 event had previously won at Listed quality or better. The remaining 10 had either not given it a shot or were unable to win at Class 1 prior. In the exceptionally rare cases that a horse has won a Group 1 race anytime since the previous August, they are subject to a 3lb penalty here. The last horse saddled with the extra weight was the Italian-trained Dylan Mouth in 2014.
Geldings are free to take part in this race providing they are three-years-old but they never play a major part in it. The 2018 edition of the contest saw just one gelding involved, Alternative Fact, and the year before only two of the 12 runners were, with neither of them managing to impress. It therefore should come as no surprise that a gelding hasn’t won this race since High Accolade in 2003. Colts have come out on top ever since, a reflection of the advantage they have and their better representation.
WATCH FOR THE DRAW
Although Ascot isn’t associated with having a strong draw bias, an interesting draw trend has emerged from this race over the years. Horses starting from between stalls four and eight (inclusive) have fared far better than those setting off elsewhere. In fact horses drawn four and five have taken almost half of the races over the last 15 years or so.
Runners placed on the very inside gate have enjoyed absolutely no success of late and this is something definitely to be aware of. As this race rarely attracts a huge field, you would fancy the occasional inside stall champion but there hasn’t been a single one since the turn of the century. More detailed draw data is available below.