King Edward VII Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.05 Ascot, 21st June 2019
One of the middle distance highlights of Royal Ascot takes place on day four with the King Edward VII Stakes. Read on for the best odds, offers and betting tips.
Offering £200,000 in total prize money, this Group 2 contest for three year old colts and geldings is a much sought after prize. Another of Royal Ascot’s historic events, this 1m4f event was first run at the track back in 1834.
King Edward VII Stakes Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Japan to win at 5/4 with Betfred
- Humanitarian each way at 22/1 with Coral
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King Edward VII Stakes Tips and Betting Offers, 3:05 at Royal Ascot, 21 June 2019
If you hear of anybody mention about the Ascot Derby, this is the race they’re talking about. The King Edward VII Stakes is run over the same trip as the Classic for colts at Epsom and comes just three weeks later in the schedule. Two of the last three winners of this Group 2 ran in the Derby in their previous appearance and a handful of runners are bidding to follow in their footsteps this time around.
Can Japan Take Another Big Step Forwards?
Japan is one of those horses who heads straight to the King Edward VII Stakes after the Derby. Aidan O’Brien was very happy with the way his colt ran at Epsom believing it to be a significant step forward from the Dante Stakes.
Given that he suffered a setback before the Dante, Japan’s performance at York wasn’t as disappointing as the bare form suggests. Punters could hardly have been less convinced about his chances before the race and it was obvious right from the start that he needed the run to get anywhere near back to his best.
He still wasn’t quite at his best in the Derby which says a lot about his calibre given that he finished third at Epsom and could well have gone one better had Wayne Lordan not dropped his whip in the closing stages. Japan is almost certain to improve further still from that most recent performance so his position as the favourite is absolutely understandable.
Great Battle for the Places in Prospect
The King Edward always provides an intriguing betting heat with all manner of classy horses who still have bags of potential to fulfil in the running. The 2019 renewal is no different in that regard.
Pretty much every horse in the field has a realistic claim to land at least a place including the John Gosden trained Humanitarian. He is one of the most lightly raced horses in the field which does suggest that he may struggle with the size of the crowd at Royal Ascot but it wasn’t the occasion that got him beaten in the Derby.
Stepping up to a Classic after just one run in a novice was always going to be too big a task for Humanitarian but he kept on plugging away and managed to finish in front of a number of competitors at Epsom. He could be one who blossoms in the second half of his three-year-old campaign and that ability to keep suggests he could be in line for a big result in the King Edward.
Humanitarian is the most tempting of all the horses in the field with each way chances at 22/1 with Coral. He fits the bill of the sort of improving type who can run better than expected and lay down a serious challenge to the principles. However, he’ll need an unbelievable level of improvement to get past Japan. Some believe that Japan will prove himself to be the best three-year-old in training in the coming weeks and he’s therefore many punters’ idea of the best Royal Ascot bet at 5/4 with Betfred.
- 2018 – Old Persian – jockey William Buick, trainer Charlie Appleby
- 2017 – Permian – jockey William Buick, trainer Mark Johnston
- 2016 – Across The Stars – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2015 – Balios – jockey Jamie Spencer, trainer David Simcock
- 2014 – Eagle Top – jockey William Buick, trainer John Gosden
- 2013 – Hillstar – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2012 – Thomas Chippendale – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Sir Henry Cecil
- 2011 – Nathaniel – jockey William Buick, trainer John Gosden
- 2010 – Monterosso – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Mark Johnston
- 2009 – Father Time – jockey Eddie Ahern, trainer Henry Cecil
- 2008 – Campanologist – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Saeed bin Suroor
- 2007 – Boscobel – jockey Joe Fanning, trainer Mark Johnston
- 2006 – Papal Bull – jockey Kieren Fallon, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
As a 1m4f event for three year olds this Group class event has much in common with Epsom’s most famous classic contest. The race in fact went under the title of the Ascot Derby until 1926 when it was renamed in honour of our former ruler. As with the Derby, this race was initially open to both fillies and colts, but unlike the Epsom showpiece geldings are permitted to take their place in the line-up. Fillies are no longer allowed to take part, but the race continues to attract runners either not deemed up to Group 1 standard or not yet ready to tackle the demands of Epsom.
Fittingly for a Royal Ascot race a number of the previous winners here had rather regal sounding names. The most talented of which was Epsom Derby winner Coronation who took this in 1841. Other aptly titled winners include The Earl (1868), King Cole (1870), King William (1911), Lord Nelson (1972), English Prince (1974) and Royal Anthem (1998). Not all former heroes haven’t been quite so illustriously named however, such as plain old Gilbert (1875) and Timothy (1887).
Amongst the early winners here, 1882 scorer. Shotover, is worthy of note. Bred by a Viscount, owned by a Duke, and sired by Hermit, the John Porter star became the first filly to win the 2000 Guineas and Derby.
1925 winner Solario also landed the St Leger before embarking on a highly successful career at stud. Solario died in 1945 but the train named in his honour continued to run around the London railway tracks until 1959.
1979 winner Ela-Mana-Mou was classy as a three year old but really came into his own at four. Wins in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Eclipse Stakes and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes led to the famous bay being crowned the best older horse in Europe.
If we are to measure the winners here by their future exploits, then in terms of prize money won at least, no horse has done more than the 2010 winner Monterosso. Two years after his win in this, Monterosso conquered all in the Dubai World Cup, earning connections the best part of £4million in prize money.
The early years of the race saw impressive records set by both a trainer and a jockey. With nine training triumphs John Porter still leads the way amongst the handlers, whilst jockey Morny Cannon’s seven wins in the space of 14 years is also yet to be equalled.