King’s Stand Stakes Preview: Betting Tips, Offers and Odds, 3.40 at Ascot, 18th June 2019
Held over a flying five furlongs, the King’s Stand Stakes is one of the opening day highlights at Royal Ascot. If you are seeking the best odds, offers and betting tips, you have come to the right place.
Now one of the top 5f races anywhere in the world, this Group 1 contests for runners aged three years and over has been with us since 1860. A recent increase in prize money saw the pot boosted to £400,000.
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King’s Stand Stakes Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
King’s Stand Stakes Ante Post Tips and Betting Offers, 3:40 at Royal Ascot, 18 June 2019
The first day of racing at Royal Ascot is incredibly high class. The King’s Stand Stakes is one of three Group 1s and is very much a race not to be missed. This 5 furlong contest regularly sees the best sprinters in training face off against each other and we have a scintillating renewal in prospect this time around.
Who Will Come Out On Top in Mouth Watering Re-Run?
The head of the betting for the 2019 King’s Stand Stakes is dominated by the first two home in last year’s race – Battaash and Blue Point. It was the latter who got the job done 12 months ago but it’s the former who is edging favouritism with the bookmakers.
The level of support pouring in for Battash is understandable. On his day, Charlie Hills’ five-year-old is the best sprinter around and he’s won several big races to make up for the disappointment of last year’s Royal Ascot. Battassh’s most recent triumph came in the Temple Stakes where he justified his favouritism to successfully defend his title in even more impressive style than the year before.
Battaash backers are hopeful that sort of improvement will see him reverse the form with Blue Point but others have pointed out that his best performances tend to come on the back of a break. Hills isn’t worried by those concerns and is very happy with Battaash but then so is Charlie Appleby with Blue Point.
Appleby’s confidence comes from Blue Point’s performances in Dubai over the winter and the way that he raises his game at Royal Ascot. The Godolphin team believe that a stiff 5 furlongs is the best stage for Blue Point and that will hand him the advantage over the favourite. Whatever the outcome, the battle is one not to miss.
Sergei Prokofiev Could Be Ready to Surprise
Mabs Cross is a very consistent performer and given that the filly receives 3 pounds from the favourites she is worthy of each way support at a general 8/1. Those looking to take a slightly bigger risk should instead consider Sergei Prokofiev though who gets an even bigger allowance as a three-year-old.
Aidan O’Brien has settled on 5 furlongs as the ideal trip for Sergei Prokofiev and whilst he didn’t quite like up to expectations last time out, there was plenty to like about his performance in the Palace House Stakes.
Battaash was pipped at the post by Blue Point last year and you can certainly make a very good case for a repeat result on Tuesday. However, Battaash is arguably better than ever following wind surgery. His performance at Haydock suggested just that and in a race that should come down to such fine margins, the favourite just about gets the nod at 2/1 with Ladbrokes.
It’s a similarly tight call for each way bets but Sergei Prokofiev’s undoubted potential makes him very tempting. It will take serious improvement but that could just be within his abilities so support him at 10/1 with Coral.
- 2018 – Blue Point – jockey William Buick, trainer Charlie Appleby
- 2017 – Lady Aurelia – jockey John Valesquez, trainer Wesley Ward
- 2016 – Profitable – jockey Adam Kirby, trainer Clive Cox
- 2015 – Goldream – jockey Martin Harley, trainer Robert Cowell
- 2014 – Sole Power – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Edward Lynam
- 2013 – Sole Power – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Edward Lynam
- 2012 – Little Bridge – jockey Zac Purton, trainer Danny Shum
- 2011 – Prohibit – jockey Jim Crowley, trainer Robert Cowell
- 2010 – Equiano – jockey Michael Hills, trainer Barry Hills
- 2009 – Scenic Blast – jockey Steven Arnold, trainer Daniel Morton
- 2008 – Equiano – jockey Olivier Peslier, trainer M.Delcher Sànchez
- 2007 – Miss Andretti – jockey Craig Newitt, trainer Lee Freedman
- 2006 – Takeover Target – jockey Jay Ford, trainer Joe Janiak
King’s Stand Stakes History
Far from being a carefully considered addition to the racing programme, the race which is now one of the most highly prized sprint contests of the season came about somewhat by accident. Back in 1860 torrential rain had rendered much of the course unraceable, casting doubt over the tracks ability to stage many of the scheduled races.
The 2 mile Royal Stand Plate certainly seemed in jeopardy, but rather than cancel the prestigious contest, they instead shortened the distance to 5f. The event was renamed the Queen’s Stand Plate and quickly established itself as one of the top sprint races of the season. With the departure of Queen Victoria and the coronation of King Edward VII, the race was given its current title in 1901.
The name which stands out in the early history of this race is that of Diadem. George Lambton’s filly had demonstrated her class at an early stage when taking the 1917 1000 Guineas and went on to prove every bit as good over shorter trips, winning both this race and the July Cup in 1919 and 1920. Ascot named a race in her honour in 1946, with the Diadem Stakes being run at the track until 2011.
Unlike Diadem, Abernant didn’t quite manage to win his Guineas in 1949, but in common with his predecessor he did go on to dominate the sprint division. Noel Murless’s speedball won two Nunthorpe Stakes and two July Cups in addition to this race in 1949. In the eyes of many, Abernant was unsurpassed amongst 20th Century sprinters.
Lochnager took this race, the Temple Stakes and the July Cup in 1976 for Mick Easterby. 18 years later his granddaughter Lochsong showed she had without doubt inherited the families speed gene. One of the most famous sprinting fillies of all time put together a string of blistering displays between 1992 and 1994, with her wins including this race, the Stewards’ Cup, Nunthorpe Stakes, Temple Stakes and the Prix de l’Abbaye twice.
1996 winner Pivotal and the 2003 Australian hero Choisir have both gone on to make a big impact at stud, being responsible for a multitude of classy performers between them. Choisir’s achievement of winning both this race and the Golden Jubilee in 2003 must go down as one of the greatest Royal Ascot feats in living memory.
11 horses have managed to win this race twice with the thrilling hold up performer Sole Power who won back to back editions in 2013 and 2014 amongst this number. None yet have managed to take the prize three times.
Vincent O’Brien picked up most of the big races in his remarkable training career and this race certainly didn’t pass him by. His record of five wins between the years of 1962 and 1987 remains unsurpassed.
It is doubtful whether any jockey will hit the consistent heights achieved by Lester Piggott here. His 116 career wins at the Royal meeting included a record seven victories in this contest.