King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Golden Horn looks set to encounter his favoured conditions when he puts his unbeaten record on the line in Saturday’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
The highest-rated three-year-old colt in the world went through his paces under Frankie Dettori in Newmarket on Tuesday alongside stablemate and rival Eagle Top, ridden by William Buick.
After wins in the English Derby last month and the Eclipse Stakes three weeks ago, Golden Horn will bid to become the first horse to add the King George to those races since Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid’s Nashwan achieved the feat in 1989. Only two other horses have done it since the race was inaugurated in 1951. He is priced at 4/9 with Betway.
Second in the betting at 6/1 is four-year-old Eagle Top who was reunited with jockey William Buick for a breeze over a mile on the Al Bahathri polytrack in Newmarket on Tuesday.
Buick is familiar with Lady Bamford’s colt having partnered him to an impressive win in last year’s Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Eagle Top returned to the royal meeting this year when finishing runner-up to Snow Sky in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot under Dettori.
Snow Sky, who was an all-the-way scorer in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot is also a second-favourite, priced at 6/1. He is awarded a rating of 124 and placed joint fifth alongside Solow and Treve in the Longines rankings after his Royal Ascot success. He will be looking for back-to-back wins over course and distance for Sir Michael Stoute
Dylan Mouth (25/1) is an intriguing outsider for Italian trainer Stefano Botti. The four-year-old is a multiple Group One winner in his homeland, but disappointed on his only previous visit to British shores at the Royal meeting last summer.
Andre Fabre could send the ultra-consistent Flintshire (9/1) back across the Channel following his recent runner-up finish behind wondermare Treve at Saint-Cloud.
King George VI Stakes Betting Tips
Golden Horn is the standout horse of his generation and his rating of 130 at this stage of his career has only been equalled by the mighty Frankel in the past two decades.
He should win this one while the rest fight it out for the second place.