The King George V Stakes
The King George V Stakes is a Class 2 heritage handicap and the final race of day four of the Royal Ascot meeting.
The King George V Stakes was first run in July of 1946 as one of the first races to be run at Ascot outside of the Royal Ascot meeting. Two years later the race was absorbed into the Royal Ascot meeting to add variety in the form of a middle distance handicap.
Today the King George V Stakes is contested by three-year-old racehorses. The race is run over a distance of one mile and four furlongs on the Ascot flat racing course.
King George V Stakes Betting
The King George V Stakes is a relatively open race, with trends reflecting the poor performances of favourites in the race, with short-odds favourites showing a tendency to occupy 3rd and 4th place in the final standings. Long-odds outsiders don’t stand up to scrutiny either, with recent King George V Stakes horse racing betting trends indicating that the best odds to back fall between 16-1 and 6-1.
King George V Stakes Winners
The King George Stakes has a long history of producing surprise wins by outsiders. 2007 King George V Stakes winner Heron Bay epitomises this trend, winning the race at 20-1 odds and knocking the short-odds favourites into the lower places.
Kevin Darley has been the most successful jockey in the King George V Stakes since the turn of the millennium. Darley not only rode the 2002 and 2006 King George V Stakes winners, but also achieved placed finishes on two other occasions.
Mark Johnston boasts an impressive record in the King George V Stakes, having trained three King George V Stakes winners since 2000. Sir Michael Stoute has also had an impact on the race, training two winners and seeing his horses come in both 1st and 2nd place in the 2004 King George V Stakes.