King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes Roll Call
Photo of Mishriff courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire
Courtesy of Michael Adolphson
Official Rating: 122
Betting Forecast: 3/2
All you need is Love. Europe’s reigning champion 3-year-old filly and currently rated 122, the daughter of Galileo carries a four-race (all Group 1s) win streak into the King George. To be ridden by Ryan Moore, she returned from a 300-day break to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot on June 16, also a Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifier for the Longines Turf (G1). Last year, she won the 1000 Guineas (G1), Epsom Oaks (G1) and Yorkshire Oaks (G1) before being pointed toward the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) and Longines Turf (G1), but ultimately missed both of those when connection decided she needed more time to mature for a 4-year-old season. With a big white blaze and speed to spare, Love is flashy and prominent in her races and often turns them into tests of stamina—an attribute she apparently has in spades. If she moves forward from her comeback run at Ascot, she is a deserving favorite for the Coolmore team and 13-time Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Official Rating: 122
Betting Forecast: 7/1
The richest horse in training, world-travelling Mishriff has earned more than $14 million for Saudi Arabian Prince Abdul Rahman Al Faisal and trainers John and Thady Gosden. Much of that is thanks to victories in the $20 million Saudi Cup over nine furlongs on dirt and $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic over 12 furlongs on turf. By Make Believe, who was fifth in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), the good-looking bay 4-year-old has proven tough in a battle and versatile in trip. The six-time winner (including last year’s French Derby) from 11 starts is on a mission to land his first Group 1 on his home UK soil in the King George and enters off a third in the Coral-Eclipse (G1) on July 3, his first race since Dubai World Cup night in late March. His best makes him a serious player, but his stamina over a truly testing 12 furlongs is still in question to many going into this.
Official Rating: 121
Betting Forecast: 2/1
It is difficult to fault a horse who won the classic Epsom Derby (G1) last out by 4½ lengths, especially when they are owned by Godolphin and trained by three-time Breeders’ Cup winner Charlie Appleby. A son of the great Frankel and Anna Salai (a Group 3-winning miler), Adayar is lovingly known around the barn as the gentle giant, but has proven ferocious when able to open up his stride on the track, as seen when breaking his maiden by nine lengths last October at Nottingham and devastating the Epsom field at 16/1 odds. A winner of two of five starts, he is still a bit unexposed and will be exciting to see develop, especially considering his scope. One possible flaw is that his top performances have been on softer ground, which is not guaranteed at Ascot on Saturday. Otherwise, he benefits greatly from the allowance conditions, getting 11 pounds from Mishriff and eight pounds from Love. In-form jockey and Appleby’s top man, William Buick, rides.
Official Rating: 119
Betting Forecast: 5/1
Entering in top form is 3-year-old Galileo colt Lone Eagle, who was second by a neck to Hurricane Lane in the Irish Derby (G1) on June 26. Ridden by Frankie Dettori that day, who returns to ride here, the bay colt looked like a winner after unleashing an impressive burst of speed in the stretch, but was caught in the final strides by a colt many consider the best 3-year-old in Europe. Previously, he was a dominant winner of the Cocked Hat Stakes (Listed) over Yibir, who would win the Bahrain Trophy (G3) next out in smart fashion. This is a colt many consider of Group 1 quality and it is only a matter of time until he has one under his belt. Like Adayar, he benefits from the weight allowance, as well.
Official Rating: 117
Betting Forecast: 14/1
Named after the famed Eric Clapton song, Wonderful Tonight enters in wonderful form for owner Christopher Wright (famed producer of bands such as Jethro Tull and Blondie) and trainer David Menuisier. The winner of 5-of-9 starts has won her past three, including the Prix de Royallieu (G1) on Arc Weekend at Paris-Longchamp, the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (G1) on British Champions Day and the Hardwicke Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot. Needless to say, on the big day(s), she steps up her game. Unfortunately, she has yet to prove herself on quicker ground, with all of her wins coming on soft or heavy going. She also loses her rider, William Buick, to Adayar, but picks up Oisin Murphy in the process. While her chances are in direct proportion to the amount of precipitation, it is obvious that her class has earned her a spot in this gate and she must be taken seriously.
Official Rating: 117
Betting Forecast: 25/1
The seasoned veteran of the lot, Masaaki Matsushima, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s 5-year-old Broome makes his 18th career start and seventh in G1 company in the King George. Second to Wonderful Tonight in the Hardwicke Stakes (G2), he wheeled back 15 days later and was impressive taking the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1) in France on July 4. Fourth by just a half-length in the 2019 Epsom Derby (G1), Broome has competed against the best in all four of his seasons, has been first or second in 11 of his 17 starts, and enters in the best form of his career. Still, he must step it up to beat Aidan O’Brien-trained stablemate Love and others in this spot. Wayne Lordan rides the son of Australia.
- September 25, 2021
Royal Patronage Scores in Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes and Earns Automatic Berth into Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s Royal Patronage (FR) landed a thrilling Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) at Newmarket, securing his guaranteed start in the US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
- September 24, 2021
This is the fourth of eight weekly news releases focusing on the horses and races leading to the 38th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at Del Mar.
- September 24, 2021
Masekela Heads to Newmarket for Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes and Automatic Berth into Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
Mick and Janice Mariscotti’s Masekela (IRE) heads a field of seven in Saturday’s Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) at Newmarket.