King’s Stand Stakes Preview: Betting Tips, Offers and Odds, 3.40 at Ascot, 19th June 2018
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.
Race Preview and Betting Tips 2018
The second of three Group 1 races on the first day of Royal Ascot, the King’s Stand Stakes is a five furlong contest which always attracts top class sprinters. It is very tough to prepare thoroughbred sprinters to give their best performances even at this stage of the season, something which is especially true for younger horses.
For that reason, Lady Aurelia was the only three-year-old in the field for last year’s renewal but Wesley Ward’s filly almost broke the record during her victory. She’s back for another crack but the betting suggests she’ll face huge competition in the shape of Battaash.
Size of the Occasion the Only Factor That Separates the Favourites
The bookies’ odds suggest that the 2018 King’s Stand Stakes is set to be a two horse race between Lady Aurelia and Battaash. It’s always risky to completely write off the chances of top quality horses but you have to say the odds paint an accurate picture of the race.
Wesley Ward is a very popular figure at Royal Ascot. The American trainer always has a strong string of horses for the meeting but very few of his horses have caught the British public’s imagination like Lady Aurelia.
Her first Royal Ascot appearance saw Lady Aurelia win the Queen Mary Stakes as a two-year-old and turned in that incredible performance in the King’s Stand Stakes one year later. She returns to the Berkshire course seeking a hat trick of wins and it is her previous experience of the pressure and the crowds at Royal Ascot that just about gives Lady Aurelia the edge over Battaash at 9/4 with Coral.
Charlie Hills will tell everybody who listens just how highly he rates Battaash. The four-year-old is as fast as any sprinter you’ll see at Royal Ascot and has the raw pace to throw down the gauntlet to Lady Aurelia. However, Hills is also honest when he says that Battaash has a worrying habit of getting worked up in the biggest occasions. If you can’t trust him to be at his best at Royal Ascot Lady Aurelia must get the nod.
Kachy the Pick of the Each Way Value
Kachy didn’t have the best season last year for trainer, Tom Dascombe. It appeared to some as though the five-year-old was waning as a competitor in high class sprints but the switch to all weather tracks brought the best back out of him.
Although Kachy just about fell short in the All Weather Sprint Championships, he was able to take the form he found back to the turf with a win over five furlongs at Chester in May. Dascombe then stepped up to Group 2 level where he finished third at Haydock. Kachy’s usual burst of pace from the stalls put him in prime condition that day but he was just unable to hold out as Battaash went by to win.
Kachy was a stronger than ever at Haydock. That bodes well for his chances of contending in the King’s Stand Stakes so back Kachy each way at 10/1 with 888Sport.
- 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.