King George Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.35 at Goodwood, 3rd August 2018
Now over 100 years old, the Qatar King George Stakes has long been established as one of the Day 4 highlights at Glorious Goodwood. Here we highlight some of the best odds and offers available and provide our betting tips for the contest. Alternatively why not check out our Goodwood offers post?
This 5f Group 2 sprint contest was first run at Goodwood in 1911 and now offers in excess of £300,000 in total prize money. It’s a “blink and you miss it” affair for the speedballs and often provides horses for the Nunthorpe Stakes at York’s Ebor Festival.
King George Stakes Betting Tips
Betting Offers and Promotions
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King George Stakes Betting Tips
Glorious Goodwood has benefitted tremendously from its record breaking partnership with Qatar. The deal has added £2 million to the prize fund across the board and the King George Qatar Stakes is among the main beneficiaries of that investment. Connections of whichever horse gets home first in this Group 2, five furlong sprint will pocket £178,041 exactly but does any horse other than the favourite, Battaash, have a realistic chance of victory?
The Favourite Looks to Have This One in the Bag
Battaash’s win in last year’s King George Qatar Stakes was thought at the time to be a springboard to even greater success. Charlie Hills immediately sought Group 1 races for his talented three-year-old and it only took two attempts for him to win at the top level when he obliged favourite backers in Chantilly at the start of October.
That win in France was the last we saw of Battaash in 2017. He returned to action following wind surgery with a Group 2 win at Haydock before finishing second to Blue Point in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
It is interesting that Hills believes it’s worth Battaash trying to become the first horse to successfully defend the King George Qatar Stakes since Lochsong in 1994 as his four-year-old must carry an additional 11lb. However, even with that penalty applied you have to think that Battaash is a step up above his opponents at Goodwood so he really does look a favourite worth supporting at 13/8 with Ladbrokes.
Havana Grey the Best of the Rest
It would be a surprise if Battaash was unable to win this race but his strength at the very top of the market does open up the each way betting options. You can make strong cases for both Kachy and Sioux Nation to be the main contender to the favourite but it is always worth considering Havana Grey (8/1 with Betfred) when he is given an outing by Karl Burke.
Despite excelling as a two-year-old, Burke has largely been frustrated by the lack of options for Havana Grey as a three-year-old. His first two appearances this year were disappointing by the high standards he set as a juvenile but Havana Grey got back to the levels everybody expected of him last time out at the Curragh.
The way that Havana Grey kicked on to leave his rivals in his wake and win by a length put any worries about his form to bed. Burke was delighted to see his colt start to fulfil his potential but he knows now is not the time to get carried away. Havana Grey still has a lot to prove before he can be seriously considered for a big Group 1 sprint.
The King George is a great chance for Burke to give his star sprinter more experience and assess just where he is. It will be fascinating if he gets into a battle with Battaash but even if the favourite proves too good, Havana Grey is the one most likely to finish second.
- 2017 – Battaash – jockey Jim Crowley, trainer Charlie Hills
- 2016 – Take Cover – jockey David Allan, trainer David Griffiths
- 2015 – Muthmir – jockey Paul Hanagan, trainer William Haggas
- 2014 – Take Cover – jockey Andrea Atzeni, trainer David Griffiths
- 2013 – Moviesta – jockey Paul Mulrennan, trainer Bryan Smart
- 2012 – Ortensia – jockey William Buick, trainer Paul Messara
- 2011 – Masamah – jockey Jamie Spencer, trainer Kevin Ryan
- 2010 – Borderlescott – jockey Kieren Fallon, trainer Robin Bastiman
- 2009 – Kingsgate Native – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2008 – Enticing – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer William Haggas
- 2007 – Moorhouse Lad – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Bryan Smart
- 2006 – La Cucaracha – jockey Michael Hills, trainer Barry Hills
King George Stakes History and Top Trainers/Jockeys
The King George of this race’s title is King George V, with Goodwood having first introduced this race in his Coronation year of 1911. This race has always been one for the speedballs, with its 5f distance remaining unchanged over the years.
Having initially been classified as a Group 3 contest with the introduction of race grades in 1971, the race was finally raised to Group 2 status in 2010. It may be below the season’s other major domestic 5f contests, namely the Kings Stand Stakes and Nunthorpe Stakes, when it comes to the grading of the race, but it more than holds its own when it comes to prize money. The race benefited in this area when Qatar sponsored the Glorious Goodwood Festival for the first time in 2015.
Jockeys and Trainers
Lester Piggott boasts the best record among the jockeys. First winning aboard Right Boy in 1958, he quickly followed up on the same horse in 1959 and won this prize an amazing nine times in all throughout his illustrious career.
When we consider that the combined totals of the two leading trainers in the history of this race is still less than the number achieved by Lester Piggott, we start to get a sense of what a truly remarkable jockey the long fellow was. Jack Jarvis and Paddy Prendergast are the men who lead the way amongst the handlers with four wins apiece.
Tetratema became the first horse to win this race twice when taking the prize in 1920 and 1921. Five other runners have since recorded two wins including Abernant, who is considered by many to have been the best sprinter of the 20th century, and the flying filly Lochsong who dominated the sprint division in the early 1990s.