The King Edward VII Stakes
The King Edwards VII Stakes is a Group 2 race run on the fourth day of the Royal Ascot meeting.
The King Edward VII Stakes was originally known as the Ascot Derby Stakes, and in its original format was open only to three-year-old fillies. The race was renamed in 1834 after King Edward VII, and the entries restricted to geldings. The King Edward VII Stakes is the unofficial second leg of the Group 1 Epsom Derby which is run two weeks prior to the Royal Ascot event.
At present, entry to the King Edward VII Stakes is restricted to three-year-old colts and geldings. The race is run over a distance of one mile and four furlongs on the Ascot flat racing course. The race attracts a very small field with the biggest field since the turn of the millennium comprising 12 racehorses.
King Edward VII Stakes Betting
When doing your King Edward VII Stakes betting, look out for entries that participated in the Epsom Derby, which is run over the 1 mile 4 furlong distance covered in the King Edward VII Stakes and therefore gives a reliable guide to form in the race.
King Edward VII Stakes Winners
As one of the longer races on the Royal Ascot card, the King Edward VII Stakes sees some of flat racing’s top stayers participate in the event. The most notable King Edward VII Stakes winners over the last two decades was the brilliant but erratic Royal Anthem, who at the time of his 1998 King Edward VII Stakes win was lauded by punters at the best racehorse in the world.
The spoils from the King Edward VII Stakes have been shared amongst flat racing’s top jockeys over the last two decades, with Michael Kinane and Kieran Fallon taking two wins each, whilst retired jockeys Pat Eddery and Michael Hills lead the pack with three wins apiece.
Sir Michael Stoute might claim the King Edward Stakes as his favourite trophy hunting ground, having trained four King Edward VII Stakes winners in the last 20 years. Sir Michael Stoute’s first win in the race came in 1991 with Saddler’s Hall and his most recent in 2006 with Papal Bull.