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King Edward VII Stakes 2021 Racecard

The King Edward VII Stakes is a Group 2 Flat race of roughly a mile and a half (1 mile, 3 furlongs and 211 yards), which is held on the fourth day (Friday) of Royal Ascot.

3:05 Fri 18 Jun KING EDWARD VII STAKES

Distance: 11f 211y Age: 3yo O Prize: £90,736 Going: Soft

Analyst's Verdict

ALENQUER's Classic Trial victory at Sandown received the ultimate form boost when runner-up Adayar bolted up in the Derby just under a fortnight ago. With further improvement on the cards, he's a confident selection to score again upped further in trip. The Mediterranean still looked a little rough around the edges when second in a listed event last time but he's feared most, ahead of Yibir.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. GEAR UP (IRE)
J: James Doyle
T: Mark Johnston
3
9-3
Winner of 3 of his 4 starts at 2 yrs, notably the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud final outing. Encouraging return in the Dante but ran well below form when beating only one home in the Derby.
2
jockey silks 2. ALENQUER (FR)
J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
3
9-0
Progressive colt who looked well suited by the step up to 10f when beating subsequent Derby winner Adayar in Group 3 Classic Trial at Sandown on return. Looks the one to beat with improvement to come.
3
jockey silks 3. BELLOCCIO (FR)
J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: David Menuisier
3
9-0
Belardo colt who won both starts at 2 yrs, including 1m listed race at Toulouse. Respectable fifth in the Classic Trial at Sandown on return but has 8½ lengths to make up on Alenquer. More needed.
4
jockey silks 4. GLOUCESTERSHIRE (USA)
J: Oisin Murphy
T: Martyn Meade
3
9-0
Flintshire colt who made a winning start in good style when landing 10-runner maiden at Kempton (11f) back in December. Open to improvement but this represents a big step up in grade.
5
jockey silks 5. TASMAN BAY (FR)
J: David Probert
T: Sir Mark Todd
3
9-0
€220,000 purchase who made his second start a winning one at Newcastle in March and posted a borderline smart effort when runner-up in a listed race at Newmarket last month. Each-way claims.
6
jockey silks 6. THE MEDITERRANEAN (IRE)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
3
9-0
Much improved from debut when landing 18-runner maiden at Leopardstown last month and bettered that form when a close second in listed contest 15 days ago. Open to further progress so he's respected.
7
jockey silks 7. TITLE (IRE)
J: David Egan
T: Roger Varian
3
9-0
Left previous efforts behind when winning 10-runner maiden at Yarmouth (11.5f) 3 weeks ago, encouragingly knuckling down well when asked. Big step up in grade but worth his place in this line-up.
8
jockey silks 8. YIBIR
J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
3
9-0
Useful at 2 yrs and close third on return behind Alenquer in the Sandown Classic Trial. Not quite at that level on both starts since and hard to see him reversing placings with William Haggas' charge.

Betting Forecast : 2/1 2 ALENQUER, 9/2 4.5 THE MEDITERRANEAN, 6/1 6 TITLE, 13/2 6.5 YIBIR, 9/1 9 GEAR UP, 12/1 12 TASMAN BAY, 20/1 20 GLOUCESTERSHIRE, 25/1 25 BELLOCCIO

It is open exclusively to three-year-old colts and geldings, and being the same length as the Epsom Derby, often features runners from that race. It was even called the Ascot Derby when it was first established in 1834, before taking on its current title in 1926.

The Epsom Derby comes up quite early in a horse’s three-year-old season, and this race provides the more late-maturing types with an alternative – but still extremely valuable – midsummer target. That patient approach has certainly paid off with the likes of Nathaniel and Old Persian in recent years. The former won this race in 2011, before going on to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on his next start, while 2018 winner Old Persian was last seen recording a first Group 1 success in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March.

William Buick guided both Nathaniel and Old Persian to their wins in the King Edward VII Stakes, and having also won the race on Eagle Top (2014) and Permian (2017), he is tied with Frankie Dettori as the leading active jockey on four wins. Dettori recorded his first success on subsequent St Leger winner Mutafaweq in 1999, before adding to his tally this century with Campanologist in 2008, Monterosso in 2010 and Across The Stars in 2016.

As far as trainers are concerned, John Porter recorded no fewer than nine wins (1867, 1869, 1882, 1885, 1895, 1896, 1899, 1902 and 1904) around the dawn of the 20th century. Of those still training, Sir Michael Stoute is a long way clear of his peers with seven wins (1983, 1991, 1994, 2002, 2006, 2013 and 2016), with his first winner Shareef Dancer still the last to go on to win the Irish Derby.

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King Edward VII Stakes 2021 FAQs

What distance is the King Edward VII Stakes?

1 mile, 3 furlongs and 211 yards

What day of the Royal Ascot meeting is it on?

Friday

What time is the King Edward VII Stakes?

15:05

What weights are carried in the King Edward VII Stakes?

9 st. 3 lb penalty for Group 1 winners

What is the purse for the King Edward VII Stakes?

£110,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the King Edward VII Stakes*?

Of those still riding, Frankie Dettori and William Buick are tied for the most wins with four apiece

Who is the leading trainer in the King Edward VII Stakes*?

The leading active trainer is Sir Michael Stoute, who has won the race seven times

Who won the King Edward VII Stakes?

You can check out our King Edward VII Stakes results page here to see a List of previous winners.

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