G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S.

The Weekly Wrap: The Best And Worst Of Times

To borrow from Charles Dickens, the past week can be encapsulated in one line: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  Actually, let's face it, when it comes to bad times it hasn't just been this week, has it? Events of this year in particular have made it harder to love racing as we rock from one unsavoury incident to the next courtesy of some of the sport's leading trainers in Europe and America. The image that can now just be described as 'that photo',...

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King George Attracts Nine on Monday

Love, who is riding a four-race Group 1 winning streak, was a last out winner of the G1 Prince Of Wales's S. at Royal Ascot and is joined by fellow Coolmore partners' runners and top-shelf winners Broome (Ire) (Australia {GB}), Japan (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and Mogul (GB) (Galileo {Ire}). Godolphin's Adayar is not the only 3-year-old in the field, as G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby second Lone Eagle (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) also steps forward for Martyn Meade. Rounding out the nine are the globetrotting Group 1 winners Addeybb (Ire)...

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Pyledriver to Miss King George After Setback

Group 1 winner Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) will miss the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. after suffering a setback, but nine still go forward, including the high-class Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Trainer William Muir revealed the news on the Nick Luck Daily Podcast. The G1 Coronation Cup victor sustained an injury to his off hind leg. Muir told Nick Luck's Daily Podcast, "He worked superb on Saturday, we went to Charlie Hills's and he worked stunning with a very good miler. I walked over to meet...

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King George Next For Lone Eagle

The July 24 G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. will be the next race for G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby runner-up Lone Eagle (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), instead of the July 14 G1 Grand Prix de Paris. The Ballylinch Stud and Aquis Farm runner saluted in the G3 Zetland S. at Newmarket last October and ran fourth in the G3 Classic Trial at Sandown on Apr. 23. Back in the winner's circle after a four-length win in the Listed Cocked Hat S. on May 21, Lone Eagle made...

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Mojo Star Camp Eyeing St Leger Bid

Mojo Star (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), runner-up in the G1 Cazoo Derby at Epsom at the beginning of June and fifth after a rough trip in the Irish equivalent on Saturday, has emerged from his latest effort in good order. Trainer Richard Hannon is considering the Sept. 11 G1 St Leger at Doncaster, as well as targets earlier in the summer. Second at Newbury in October, the bay filled the same position there when making his 3-year-old bow on May 14, prior to his runner-up effort in the blue...

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Pyledriver to Skip Royal Ascot and Wait For King George

Friday's G1 Coral Coronation Cup victor Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) will most likely remain on the bench during Royal Ascot and will instead target the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. at Ascot on July 24. The 4-year-old colt was reported to be in good form, if a bit tired by trainer William Muir. "It took a bit out of him--he didn't eat brilliant for two nights but he licked up last night," said Muir. "The first night he normally does leave a bit, but the second...

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Derby Hero Adayar Eyes King George

Godolphin homebred Adayar (Ire) (Frankel {Ire}), who won the G1 Cazoo Derby on Saturday, excited the race in good order and will target the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. at Ascot on July 24. If he completes the double, he would be the first horse to do so since his grandsire Galileo (Ire) in 2001. Trainer Charlie Appleby said, "He has come out of the race great. As you saw he went on the seawalker yesterday morning and he has been out for a jog this morning...

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Enable Exits King George Well

Fresh off the back of her 5 1/2-length victory in the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S. on Saturday, Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) emerged from the Ascot showpiece in good condition, trainer John Gosden confirmed. The next start for the formidable Juddmonte colourbearer is undecided, but she is targeting a pair of races at York--either the Aug. 19 G1 Juddmonte International S. or the Aug. 20 G1 Yorkshire Oaks. The former features a rematch with Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), while the outstanding dual Classic heroine Love (Ire) (Galileo...

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King George Demolition By Enable

Ascot's promised match race failed to materialise on Saturday as Khalid Abdullah's epoch-defining Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) brushed aside the Ballydoyle contingent with an ease rarely seen on this exalted stage. Forcing her way into history as the first to win three renewals of the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco S., the Juddmonte regina was at her exuberant best with Frankie Dettori at pains to contain her from the outset. As she sauntered behind Sovereign (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) with her well-matched rider content to allow last year's...

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Nijinsky II Awarded QIPCO Diamonds and Pearls Award

British Triple Crown hero Nijinsky II (Northern Dancer) won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S. 50 years ago this year, and was awarded the QIPCO Diamonds & Pearls award, Ascot Racecourse and QIPCO announced on Thursday. The award celebrates the winner of a vintage renewal of the King George. Owned by Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. and trained by Vincent O'Brien, the bay delivered as the only 3-year-old in the field, having already claimed victory in the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and Irish Derby. After his King George triumph,...

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Max of Eight Contest King George as Enable Eyes Hat Trick

Prince Khalid Abdullah's champion mare Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) is bidding to become the first horse to take three editions of the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S., as she is one of eight to stand their ground at the latest entry stage. She sustained only her second career loss with a 1 3/4 second when going for a three-peat in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp in October and was the bridesmaid once again kicking off her 6-year-old campaign in Sandown's G1 Coral-Eclipse S....

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