King George & QE Stakes Betting Odds

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is one of the major races run at Ascot during the Flat season and always produces a world-class champion.

With the race being at the royally acclaimed Ascot it is regarded as the most prestigious of the summer Flat season. In recent years it has been sponsored by hard-hitting betting exchange Betfair, with the prize fund reaching 1 million pounds in 2009 - only the Derby pays out a larger prize fund than the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

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It was first run during the Festival of Britain in 1951, and has since attracted the best horses from around the world to compete over the one mile and four furlongs. What adds an extra spice to the race is that it is one of the first Group One races of the year when the Classic generation, usually the Derby winner, meets their elder rivals.

Despite this the younger generation don't really have a great recent record in the race, with the last four favourites being beat at short prices.

Older horses usually come to the fore and can account for some of the greatest winners of the race. Perhaps the best individual performance came from the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Harbinger in 2010, who won the race by an extraordinary 11 lengths.

He was at the time the best racehorse in the world but had to be retired soon after due to a leg injury. The 2012 renewal was won by the 2011 Arc winner, Danedream, who came through an epic battle with the John Gosden-trained Nathaniel.

With the poor standard of the 2012 Classic generation, there is a thinking that the 2013 winner will be a three-year-old.

Perhaps one to keep an eye-on next season will be three-year-old Mars, who could be set to take 2013 by storm for trainer Aidan O'Brien.