Saturday Race Preview: Ascot & York 25/07/2020
There is another thrilling day of racing to enjoy on Saturday as there is one Group 1 and one Group 2 race for punters to have a bet on. ITV will be covering seven races in total on Saturday, with the illustrious King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes being the pick of the offerings. But, which horses should punters be betting on for the exciting day of racing?
Ascot 3:35 (Group 1)
King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes
The King George is one of the most prestigious races of the flat calendar and has been a significant part of the season since 1951. It is open to horses of all ages and is run over one mile and three furlongs. The King George is typically used as a warm-up race for The Arc, which takes place at the beginning of October, with Enable winning this race in 2017 on his way to Arc success. Enable also won this race last year and will start the King George as the heavy favourite.
Frankie Dettori will ride the famous six-year-old, who surprisingly hasn’t won in his previous two starts. However, all the focus from John Gosden’s team will be on the upcoming Arc, as Enable looks to win for an unprecedented third time. Gosden will certainly take encouragement in the two successes that Enable has had in the King George in the past two seasons. Enable will be the standout selection for gamblers, but there could also be value elsewhere.
Japan still holds an impressive rating and is rightly considered as the biggest danger to Enable. However, Magical has also been in winning form over recent weeks and A P O’Brien will be hoping that the five-year-old will be able to repeat his success from Curragh in late June. Fanny Logan may also be one to watch as she stormed the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot to beat Anthony Van Dycke.
York 2:40 (Group 2)
Sky Bet York Stakes
The King George isn’t the only lucrative race taking place on Saturday as the Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes will also be eye-catching. There will be huge interest from gamblers as this race could signal who the leading contender for the International Stakes will be. The Sky Bet York Stakes was first introduced in 2006 and is open to horses aged three and over. It is run over one mile and two furlongs, and Twice Over, Success Days and Thundering Blue have been among the winners.
Market favourite Elarqam will be looking to create history in this race, as the five-year-old will be looking to become the first horse to win this on two occasions. However, form has been a big issue over the past year as the Mark Johnston trained horse hasn’t won since this race last year. He was particularly disappointing at Royal Ascot as he could only finish sixth in the Hardwicke.
Mountain Angel could generate interest after impressing at Royal Ascot last month. The six-year-old won the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot, as he beat esteemed horses such as Sir Dragonet and Regal Reality. Telecaster also comes into the race in good form after winning at Longchamp last time out, while King Of Comedy has also been in progressive form.
Ascot 2:25 (Heritage Handicap)
Moet & Chandon International Stakes
One of the most competitive handicaps of the day will be the Moet & Chandon International Stakes. The race is open to horses aged three and over and is run over seven furlongs. Raising Sand won this race last year, but the horse that finished in third in that instalment could be the one to watch.
Blue Mist stayed on in that race last year and is rightly the favourite for Roger Charlton. Ryan Moore will be riding the five-year-old, but his recent form may be a slight concern. Eshaasy and Qaysar are the two highest priced runners in this race, and are the only two that won last time out. However, there is interest around Mutamaasik, who has won four of his six races over the last year. He will be looking to overcome a poor run at Newmarket last time out, but on the form prior to that, the four-year-old appears well placed for a strong run.