Qatar King George Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.35 at Goodwood, 4th August 2017
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
- Battaash to win at odds of 3/1 with Betfred
- Each Way Tip: Muthmir at odds of 8/1 with Bet365
Betting Offers and Promotions
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King George Stakes Betting Tips
The King George Stakes is one of the fastest and most frantic races of the entire week at Glorious Goodwood. Goodwood is known as a fast racecourse anyway but the sprinters who compete over the five furlong, Group 2 King George Stakes go off at some lick and only the fastest have a genuine chance of victory.
Two horses are battling it out for favouritism at the top of the betting market. Battaash (3/1 with Betfred) is just about edging it from Profitable (9/2 with 888Sport) and the chances of both horses warrant closer inspection.
Battaash is a three-year-old who has only relatively recently begun showing what he’s capable of. Charlie Hill’s gelding won on his debut but was unable to win again as a juvenile. But on returning this season he bagged the Scurry Stakes before taking the prestigious Coral Charge at Sandown.
Profitable wasn’t in the Coral Charge field and he hit the bar with second place finishes in each of his two starts this season. The five-year-old has won some big races in his career including the Kings Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot last year but the question now is whether he is capable of getting back to that level of form.
Battaash is the form horse and is still capable of further improvement. With the odds so close, that tilts the balance in favour of the younger horse.
Solid Second Option at 8/1
Muthmir went off at 9/2 in the Coral Charge and those who were on him thought they’d found a good thing. However, it appeared that either the tactics were wrong or the seven-year-old simply got unlucky. The William Haggas trained horse won the King George Stakes in 2015 but was unable to defend last year. With some good form under his belt this season, Muthmir could make a better fist it one year on.
- 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.