Unbeaten Investec Derby (Eng-I) winner Golden Horn will face nine older rivals in the prestigious King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) on July 25th at Ascot, a race that could further stamp his budding reputation as one of the best horses in the world.
Coming off of a decisive win in the ten-furlong Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I) at Sandown, in which he conquered a small but strong field of older runners, Golden Horn will attempt to stretch his stamina across twelve furlongs in the King George. He covered that distance with success in the Derby, but will likely face a stiffer challenge on Saturday given the quality of his opponents. Leading the way are Flintshire, runner-up in both the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) and Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) last year, and Snow Sky, who enters off a stunning 3 3/4-length upset in the twelve-furlong Hardwicke Stakes (Eng-III) at Royal Ascot. Both are thoroughly proven at the distance of the King George and could be poised to pull off an upset should Golden Horn fail to run his best race.
The complete entries are as follows:
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I)
PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer
1 Madame Chiang, Jamie Spencer, David Simcock
2 Flintshire, Vincent Cheminaud, Andre Fabre
3 Eagle Top, Richard Hughes, John Gosden
4 The Corsican, Jim Crowley, David Simcock
5 Snow Sky, Pat Smullen, Sir Michael Stoute
6 Dylan Mouth, Fabio Branca, Stefano Botti
7 Romsdal, William Buick, John Gosden
8 Golden Horn, Frankie Dettori, Luca Cumani
9 Postponed, Andrea Atzeni, Luca Cumani
10 Clever Cookie, Graham Lee, Peter Niven