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Coral continue their crazy odds offers with a cracking price on the major flat racing event this weekend at Ascot, the King George VI Stakes. They are offering superhorse Golden Horn at a massive 5/1 to be placed in the race (finish in the first 3). Golden Horn is already the massive favourite to win the race at 8/13 and there isn’t much in this field that looks like they can touch him, so this is more or less guaranteed to come in.
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The offer is available from 5.00pm on Thursday 23rd July and runs until the start of the race at 3.50pm on Saturday 25th July.
One of the most prestigious middle distance races of the season takes place at Ascot this Saturday as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes takes centre stage. First run back in 1951, the King George is named after the late monarch George VI and is an open age flat race which has been won by some of the most well known horses in the game over the years. As the second richest horse race in the British flat racing calendar, the King George always attracts a high class field, and the 2015 renewal will be no different.
This year’s Derby winner Golden Horn is set to put his unbeaten record on the line this weekend, and the bookies believe that John Gosden’s three year old colt is the one they all have to beat. The son of Cape Cross has been put in at odds of 4/9 by bookmaker Bet365, and with the way this horse won the Coral Eclipse last time out, it’s no surprise that the bookies aren’t prepared to take any chances. Having had just the five lifetime starts thus far, Golden Horn is still open to any amount of improvement, and that has to be a scary thought for the connections of his rivals come Saturday.
Hailing from the same yard as the favourite, Eagle Top is no stranger to Ascot, and would be one of the most realistic alternatives to favourite Golden Horn in this field. Last seen when finishing second to Snow Sky in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, Eagle Top did not get much luck in running on that particular occasion, and was actually trapped in a pocket at a crucial stage of the race. This course and distance winner would arguably have finished closer to Snow Sky with a clear run, and this is definitely his opportunity to try and reverse that form.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Snow Sky will be looking to follow up his Hardwicke Stakes success here in the King George, and this four year old certainly looks to have come on once again this season. Sir Michael Stoute is a master at getting older horses to improve, and it appears that he has once again achieved that feat with Snow Sky, the son of Nayef having been victorious in both starts during the current campaign. While this does represent a further step up in grade, he just looks like the perfect type for this race, and I don’t believe there was any fluke about the way that Snow Sky won here last month. That victory certainly impressed me.
French raider Flintshire has been one of the most consistent horses in training competing at the highest level over the past couple of seasons, but he generally finds one too good at Group 1 level. An impressive winner of the Hong Kong Vase at the back end of last year, it would be very dangerous to underestimate this horse’s chances, but I would imagine that Flintshire will have to settle for a gallant third or fourth place finish. He’s currently available at a best price of 10/1 with William Hill.
Hills also go top price of 7/1 on Snow Sky and although I believe that Golden Horn is the likely winner of the race, Snow Sky should be an each way bet to nothing, and if the favourite doesn’t run to form, I believe that this season’s Yorkshire Cup winner can take full advantage.