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King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 1 race that is held at Ascot over a distance of one mile and four furlongs in July every year. Although it was first held in only 1951, the ‘King George’ has developed into the most prestigious open-age race on the British racing calendar.

The race was first held in 1951 to celebrate the Festival of Britain and it quickly became a race of international Group 1 standard. Because of its position on the racing calendar the King George quickly became a key lead-up race to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe that is the richest horse race in Europe and the third richest in the world. The purse for the King George is currently set at £1,000,000 making it the second richest horse race in the United Kingdom behind only the Epsom Derby.

The King George is an extremely difficult race to win with only two horses, Dahlia (1973, 1974) and Swain (1997, 1998), successful on multiple occasions. The King George Stakes honour roll is littered with champions with equine superstars such as: Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Mtoto, King’s Theatre, Pentire, Montjeu, Galileo, Azamour, Hurricane Run, Dylan Thomas, Nathaniel and Danedream all successful in the famous race.

No trainer has ever been able to dominate the King George Stakes although Dick Hern, Michael Stoute and Saeed Bin Suroor have all been successful in the race on five occasions while Noel Murless (1966 to 1968) and Bin Suroor (1997 to 1999) have both trained the winner in three consecutive years. The 2013 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes will be held at Ascot on Saturday July 27th and has the potential to be the race of the season. French superstar Cirrus Des Aigles, currently the highest rated horse in the world, is set to take part as are St Nicholas Abbey, Novellist and Ruler of the World.

Race Days

King George Day

This is held on the second day of the meeting and is the running of the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. However, long after the horses have run, race goers continue celebrating, as there are plenty of activities that carry on throughout the day. In fact, 2010 King George Day will be celebrated with an Ascot summer cocktail party.

Family Day

This is a day for the kids. Not only are there plenty of races going off all day long, but there are also plenty of events to keep the kids entertained. During the course of the day, Ascot sets up plenty of activities, rides, concerts, and fun for kids of all ages. All entertainment is free of charge and all children aged 16 and under have free admission to the course. The theme for the 2010 Family Day is Alice's Adventures at Ascot.

Recent Winners Of The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2012 Danedream

Andrasch Starke

Peter Schiergen


2011 Nathaniel

William Buick

John Gosden


2010 Harbinger

Olivier Peslier

Sir Michael Stoute


2009 Conduit

Ryan Moore

Sir Michael Stout


2008 Duke of Marmalade

Johnny Murtagh

Aidan O'Brien


2007 Dylan Thomas

Johnny Murtagh

Aidan O'Brien


2006 Hurricane Run

Christophe Soumillon

Andre Fabre


2005 Azamour

Michael Kinane

John Oxx