Qatar King George Stakes Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Qatar King George Stakes | Friday 31 July, 2015 | Goodwood Festival | 15.45
Three previous winners have been named among 19 confirmations for the Qatar King George Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Friday.
Kingsgate Native, Moviesta and Take Cover won the event in 2009, 2013 and 2014 respectively and will all return to try their luck for a purse boosted this year to £300,000.
Muthmir and Pearl Secret, who were third and fourth in the Group One King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, also remain engaged in the five-furlong sprint which has tripled in value this year thanks to Qatar’s sponsorship.
Muthmir is this year’s favourite, dropping down in grade after two creditable efforts in Group One company. The William Haggas-trained five-year-old was only half a length behind the winner Goldream when he came in third in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. He is priced at 4/1 with Paddy Power.
The most recent top-level winner in Friday’s field is Move In Time, another progressive ex-handicapper also with the price of (4/1). The seven-year-old, trained by David O’Meara, ended last season with a narrow success in the Prix de L’Abbaye at Longchamp and returned to action by landing the odds in a small-field lesser contest at Hamilton in June.
The fourth course-and-distance winner in Friday’s field is Cotai Glory (7/1), winner of the Molecomb Stakes at last year’s Festival. The three-year-old has run just once this season, returning from a nine-month absence to finish a close third to Out Do (7/1) at York earlier this month.
Course experience at Goodwood is always a plus and, as well as winning the race two years ago as a three-year-old, Moviesta (7/1) finished third last year.
Irish interests are also spiked by the presence of the Tom Hogan-trained Dikta Del Mar (25/1) who was not beaten that far in the Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh earlier this month.
Grand old-stager Kingsgate Native (20/1) struck in the King George Stakes way back in 2009 and has another go for Robert Cowell on Friday.
Last year’s winner Take Cover (25/1), trained in South Yorkshire by David Griffiths, has also been declared in the 15-runner field.
Tiggy Wiggy, Pearl Secret, Hot Streak and Iffranesia are the four defections from the confirmation stage.