Ascot’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes looms


Ascot's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes looms

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes Group 1 (British Champions Series) Class 1, takes place at Ascot on Saturday July 27.

Top class thoroughbreds will go head to head, with leading trainers including Aidan O’Brien, John Gosden, Sir Michael Stoute and Charlie Appleby saddling up.

Ballydoyle maestro O’Brien has one of the biggest hands in racing, shuffling his pack, ahead of the declared runners for the big stage on race day.

O’Brien has 32 entries, including Anthony Van Dyke, Broome, Cape Of Good Hope, Capri and Circus Maximus, ahead of declarations.

Gosden entries include Coronet and Enable; with Appleby entry Cross Counter, and Stoute entry Crystal Ocean potential players.

Deemed The King George VI weekend, for some, money will be free-flowing, while for others mixing with the ‘Gentry’ can only be a dream, insofar dining in the Pavilion Restaurant.

With track-side viewing and winners enclosure close by, a champagne reception, afternoon tea, complimentary bar (not including champagne), race card and racing paper, along with a car park label, can be yours for £175 pp + vat.

The 4 course lunch menu includes: smoked salmon, dill, crayfish terrine, caper and shallot of relish.

Chocolate orange marmalade, creme fraiche and honeycomb is amongst desserts.

Afternoon tea menu includes: poached Scottish salmon, and buttermilk scones.

King George VI, who reigned during 1936-52, was found dead in bed at Sandringham House, Norfolk. Cause of death was coronary thrombosis.

Sir Michael Stoute trained duo, Poet’s Word and Crystal Ocean, came first and second in the 2018 running of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, with Coronet finishing third, it being  Stoute’s sixth success in the prestigious race.

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