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The King’s Stand Stakes

3.00pm Ascot

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Oxted wins the King's Stand Stakes
  • Distance 5f
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £

History

Most races echo historic events or commemorate important figures. This Group 1 Ascot race, though, was established by accident. But for Britain’s inclement weather, indeed, it would not even exist. The King’s Stand Stakes, a 5 furlong (1,000 metres) burn-up for three-year-old and older sprinters, came about in 1860 when heavy rain and muddy conditions meant the two-mile Royal Stand Plate could not be run. An impromptu event was thus organised, over the only raceable section of the track. The rest, as they say, is history.

We may expect to find it tough to beat the Aussies at cricket and rugby, but in this race we’ve found it hard to beat them at horseracing too. Four times in recent years, a sprinter from down under has landed the prize, each time in the horse’s first ever race in Europe.

Choisir started the trend in 2003 – four days later he doubled up in the Golden Jubilee Stakes over a furlong further – and Takeover Target took the race in 2006. A year later it was the brilliant filly Miss Andretti’s turn and in 2009 Scenic Blast was triumphant.

Takeover Target is worth particular mention.  Owned and trained by a New South Wales taxi driver, he cost just £500 at the sales thanks to his dodgy legs yet ended up winning races in Japan and Singapore as well as in the UK and Australia, amassing over £2m in prize money in the process.

And the home team also have to fear American challengers – Lady Aurelia winning for Wesley Ward and the USA in 2017.

Current leading jockey: Olivier Peslier, 2 wins (1997, 2008)
Current leading trainer: 2 wins for Edward Lynam (2013, 2014); Robert Cowell (2011, 2015), Charlie Appleby (2018, 2019)

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Drop in trip unlocks Oxted in King's Stand

Things haven’t been playing sailing for Oxted since a win in last year’s Darley July Cup.

A trip abroad followed by a couple of ok performances back on UK soil to start this term had connections scratching heads. But they found the key, and in emphatic style.

Racing over five furlongs for the very first time proved to be an inspired decision by his trainer Roger Teal and he raced away to an impressive victory in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Dropped out early on, Oxted looked initially to be outpaced over the shorter trip. However in the final two furlongs the gelding was galvanised by Cieren Fallon Jr. and produced a powerful run to race past leader Battaash. Cue jubilant celebrations from jockey, trainer and trainer’s son, Harry.

After the race, Cieren Fallon said “I’ve been very luck to sit on a horse like this so early in my career. I’m just lucky to sit on him on the race track.”

“They went quite quick early on, and normally he is a horse that likes to be quite handy. I didn’t panic and they’ve gone that hard I just relaxed and got him in to a nice rhythm ans just picked him up when I needed to.”

Already proven over six furlongs, the sprint division looks to be at his mercy for the remainder of the 2021 season. But a rematch with Battaash, who looked to be slightly below his best, will be one to savour.

Results

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The Course

British horseracing can lay claim to plenty of blue-blooded connections, but none rival those of Ascot. The Berkshire racecourse’s roots go back 300 years to Queen Anne, who recognised the potential of a stretch of heath land while out riding just a few miles from Windsor Castle.

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The royal link has endured ever since. Today, Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family attend the world-famous ‘Royal Ascot’ meeting each year, arriving in a horse drawn carriage. Royal Ascot, meanwhile, has earned iconic status as a centrepiece of the social calendar, when the world’s best thoroughbreds face fierce competition from the world’s most extravagant fashion designs.

Ascot, which underwent a £200 million redevelopment between 2004-6, also hosts the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO in July, the most prestigious open-age Flat race staged in Britain.

It will also host the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day in October which will be the richest raceday ever staged in Britain with over £4m in prize money and the climax to the QIPCO British Champions Series.  Including the five category finales on QIPCO British Champions Day, Ascot stages no less than 13 of the 35 QIPCO British Champions Series races.

What sort of horses like Ascot? Horses that like right-handed courses. And what sort of people? People who like champagne and scones, apparently. During the five-day Royal Ascot meeting in 2010, 60,000 bottles of champagne and 40,000 scones were consumed. Lobsters, meanwhile, don’t like Royal Ascot – 1,500 of them were eaten over that same period.

Getting there

Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 7JX

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