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2017 King’s Stand Stakes: Race History and Market

2017 King’s Stand Stakes overview including Race History and Market for the Group 1 feature at Royal Ascot on Tuesday featuring the short course sprinters like Lady Aurelia and Marsha.

2017 King’s Stand Stakes: Race History and Market

The 2017 King’s Stand Stakes run at Royal Ascot on Tuesday is a race which only became a Group One recently.

Lady Aurelia winning the Queen Mary Stakes
Lady Aurelia winning the Queen Mary Stakes Picture:RacingandSports

Lady Aurelia Horseform won at Royal Ascot last year by seven lengths so will be well liked at $4 in the 2017 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.


2017 KING’S STAND STAKES – MARKET

Market courtesy of Sportsbet

$4: Lady Aurelia Horseform

$4: Marsha Horseform

$7: Signs Of Blessing Horseform

$10: Goldream Horseform

$15: Priceless Horseform

*All others quoted at $15 or greater in full market.

2017 KING’S STAND STAKES - RACE HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

Royal Ascot's short course sprint was first run in 1860. After some name changes and regradings it was put back in as the King’s Stand Stakes and was once again a Group One in 2008.

In 2005 it became part of the Global Sprint Challenge for races run around the world open to horses of all countries. Some famous winners that Australian breeding will recall include Godswalk, Last Tycoon, Bluebird, Piccolo and Pivotal.

However Australia’s interest in the race probably really began in 2003 when the SARS virus stopped Newcastle colt Choisir running in the Krisflyer Sprint in Singapore.

So he diverted to England and was set for the two major sprints over the Royal meeting. Running in both is not that usual these days leave alone winning them.

Ridden by Johnny Murtagh and forced to carry the penalty for being a G1 winner, he was sent out 25-1 and showed tremendous pace early. He crossed to the stands rail and got many off the bit from the beginning.

Despite some of the main chances like Acclamation and Oasis Dream (who would conquer him in the July Cup at Newmarket) making late ground, he scored a famous win, surprising many including BBC commentator Willie Carson who couldn’t believe it.

Four days later he would come from a wide gate and gradually work down to the stands rail again for Murtagh to hold off talented filly Airwave in the Golden Jubilee.

The Aussies struck again in 2006. Joe Janiak was a taxi driver from Queanbeyan who bought a Celtic Swing gelding from the sales for about $1,500.

Previously with John Morish, Takeover Target rushed through the grades, winning a Salinger, Lightning and Newmarket Hcp at G1 over an 18 month period before heading to England in fine form.

With regular rider Jay Ford up he sat just off the pace and was produced at the right time to just hold off Benbaun, creating mayhem at Ascot.

Only 12 months later Lee Freedman realized a dream when his wonder mare Miss Andretti hurtled up the middle of Ascot to score a devastating win. She was in as good a form as Takeover Target was leading into 2006 coming off three straight G1 wins.

Craig Newitt knew he was on the right horse but importantly she was drawn wide and the far side rail was the better place to come down.

She took off at the 500m and surged away to break the then course record as Dandy Man rattled down the near side.

Miss Andretti was an ex Western Australian mare but Scenic Blast was trained there full time. He was placed in a famous Caulfield Guineas to Weekend Hussler but after some issues came right at four.

He used the Lightning Stks and Newmarket Hcp as others before him did and was equally as impressive in them.

Being so good fresh this was set up for him and he dazzled under top rider Steve Arnold. Sitting worse than midfield, Arnold brought him widest and from the 600 to the 200 he made up possibly eight lengths to hit the front.

That mid race pace is something the European horses aren’t used to as they traditionally like to ‘stay on’, hitting the line hard whereas Antipodean horses sprint hard to establish a lead and hang on.

2016 saw Profitable sit near the speed much of the way and continue his grand sprinting form that summer. It was a battle up the straight but he held on.

PROFILING THE RACE OVER RECENT YEARS

o Race became a Group One in 2008.

o Australia has had 17 runners since 2003 for 4 x wins, 2 x seconds, 1 x third and 3 x fourths.

o Vincent O’Brien holds the record with five wins as a trainer.

o Lester Piggott has the jockey’s history with seven wins.

o Winners have come from all ages from 7yo to 3yo.

o Not that many favourites have saluted with Miss Andretti the shortest at 3-1.

o Winner’s Lead Up Races - Prix Du Gros-Chene (2), Sha Tin Sprinters Cup (1), Temple Stks (4), Spell (2), Palace House Stks (1)

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R3 GB - ASCOT 20 June 2017
King's Stand Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 3U C1, 1005m
FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
18. LADY AURELIA (USA)
3yo Filly
W A WARD
JOHN R VELAZQUEZ
55.0
$4.50
 
SCAT DADDY (USA) - D' WILDCAT SPEED (USA)
STONESTREET STABLES LLC & PETER LEIDEL
2nd  
11. PROFITABLE (IRE)
5yo H
C G COX
J DOYLE
59.0
$15.00
 
INVINCIBLE SPIRIT (IRE) - DANI RIDGE (IRE)
GODOLPHIN
3rd  
16. MARSHA (IRE)
4yo Filly
SIR MARK PRESCOTT
LUKE MORRIS
57.5
$3.75
 
ACCLAMATION (GB) - MARLINKA (GB)
 ELITE RACING CLUB
4th  9. MUTHMIR (IRE)
7yo Gelding
W J HAGGAS
JIM CROWLEY
59.0
$17.00
5th  13. TAKE COVER (GB)
10yo Gelding
D C GRIFFITHS
DAVID ALLAN
59.0
$67.00
6th  1. ALPHA DELPHINI (GB)
6yo Gelding
B SMART
CONNOR BEASLEY
59.0
$21.00
7th  3. COTAI GLORY (GB)
5yo H
C HILLS
SILVESTRE DE SOUSA
59.0
$29.00
8th  12. SIGNS OF BLESSING (IRE)
6yo Gelding
FRANCOIS ROHAUT
S PASQUIER
59.0
$6.00
9th  4. FINAL VENTURE (GB)
5yo Gelding
P T MIDGLEY
PAT DOBBS
59.0
$41.00
10th  5. GOLDREAM (GB)
8yo Gelding
ROBERT COWELL
M HARLEY
59.0
$13.00
11th  2. ARDHOOMEY (IRE)
5yo Gelding
G M LYONS
C T KEANE
59.0
$21.00
12th  17. PRICELESS (GB)
4yo Filly
C G COX
ADAM KIRBY
57.5
$12.00
13th  15. WILLYTHECONQUEROR (IRE)
4yo Gelding
W R MUIR
MARTIN DWYER
59.0
$126.00
14th  6. GRACIOUS JOHN (IRE)
4yo Gelding
P D EVANS
J F EGAN
59.0
$81.00
15th  14. WASHINGTON DC (IRE)
4yo H
A P O'BRIEN
RYAN MOORE
59.0
$9.00
16th  8. MEDICEAN MAN (GB)
11yo Gelding
JEREMY GASK
ANDREA ATZENI
59.0
$67.00
17th  7. JUST GLAMOROUS (IRE)
4yo Gelding
R A HARRIS
SHANE KELLY
59.0
$101.00

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