The King’s Stand Stakes

The King’s Stand Stakes is one of three Group 1 races run on the opening day of the Royal Ascot meeting. The King’s Stand Stakes is regarded as the third leg of the international Global Sprint Challenge, falling between the Australia Stakes and the Golden Jubilee Stakes each year.

The King’s Stand Stakes was first run in 1837 as the Stand Plate. It was renamed as the Royal Stand Plate and then the Queen’s Plate before taking its current name in 1901. The race was elevated to Group 1 status in 2008.

The King’s Stand Stakes is open to three-year-old and above thoroughbred racehorses and is run over a distance of five furlongs (approximately one kilometre), and is one of the two sprint highlights of the Royal Ascot meeting.

King’s Stand Stakes Betting

The King’s Stand Stakes is the preeminent cavalry charge at the Royal Meeting. It’s not unusual for over 30 horses to compete in this race, and with just 5 furlongs covered it gets chaotic at the best of times. Don’t pay too much heed to the betting markets unless a superstar sprinter is in the field, as the draw has as much to do with the result as form. Your best bet in this race is to look for value in an exchange. If there’s a horse trading low enough for a low liability lay bet, take it up – it’s likely to be the safest bet you’ll find.

King’s Stand Stakes Winners

Notable racehorses include 2006 King’s Stand Stakes winner, Australian-born Takeover Target, who was named best sprinter in the world on turf by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. Two times winner Elbio also stands out as the only horse to have claimed the title twice in the last two decades, with wins in 1991 and 1993.

In recent years no jockey has managed to dominate the King’s Stand Stakes winners’ list, which is somewhat predictable as this race is heavily dependent on the talents of the racehorse rather than the jockey. During the late 1980s and early 1990s the race was fiercely contested by Willie Carson, Steve Cauthen and Walter Swinburn, who all managed to pick up two titles apiece during this period.

Similarly, no single trainer has managed to train numerous King’s Stand Stakes winners in recent years, with the last trainer to achieve this feat being Peter Makin, who won both races with Elbio.

King’s Stand Stakes Odds