The King George takes centre stage on Saturday at Ascot with just 4 going to post. Sam Boswell previews that and gives his Nap of the day.
The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Ascot 15:35)
The King George renewal this year has been much talked about for a small, but select field, going to post. Headed by one of the best flat horses we’ve ever seen in Enable, she’s been an absolute superstar. Connections have been very sporting in keeping the 6-year-old in training for so long. She’s working back from her end-of-season target of the Arc. I thought her reappearance at Sandown in The Eclipse was pretty satisfactory, finishing 2nd to a race-fit Ghaiyyath, who continues to impress me. Whilst it’s all about one prize at the end of the year for Enable and John Gosden, they’re going to have be expecting to win another King George, should they fancy her to challenge the likes of Oaks winner Love in France, come October.
Today she faces opposition in Japan, a course and distance winner, Anthony Van Dyck, the Derby winner last year and Sovereign – all 3 from the Aiden O’Brien stables. Whilst at the prices, she’s far too skinny to suggest as a bet, this is a race just to sit back, watch and enjoy. Hopefully Enable will kick on, post an impressive win and really give us something to look forward to when The Arc rolls around in the Autumn.
The Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot has several interesting contenders. The betting is headed by Twaasol of Owen Burrows. This horse steps in to this company with a perfect record, having won twice on good ground at Windsor and Epsom. I’m however going to look down the card to try and take that on with some each-way value. I think Cobh of Clive Cox and Adam Kirby’s could be the one to be on. Just the one start to life so far for this colt who finished 1st at Haydock on soft ground back at the start of the July. He really seemed to do his best work late in the race and could be one to relish the step up to 7f today. At around 10/1, Clive Cox’s horse has the potential to improve here and won’t mind any overnight ease in the ground, which is expected with rain due at Ascot.