Ascot is more than just a famous venue for horse racing, it is simply one of the best-known locations in the world of sport. The Berkshire racecourse has become iconic in recent decades and is, of course, most commonly associated with Royal Ascot, that famous weekend in June when The Queen herself heads along to enjoy the action. However, with that event now behind us, the site is gearing up for its second-biggest meeting and – perhaps most importantly – many pundits are now considering which horses look set to dominate in one of its most prestigious races.
The King George Weekend is being held on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 July and as SBO.net’s guide to King George Weekend 2019 outlines, we’ll see a full schedule of races held at the famous racecourse. All attendees on the first day will be looking out for the highlight of the JGR Brown Jack Handicap, while attention on the second day – also known as King George Day – will turn to the prestigious King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
More than £700,000 is expected to go to the winner of the latter race, which was first held all the way back in 1951. Fast forward to 2019 and it seems like all eyes are on one horse for the main event – Enable. The five-year-old horse trained by John Gosden may be hoping for a third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe later this year, but the next priority would appear to be a win at the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It seems like the filly is in good condition ahead of the event too, with a recent win at the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown being her tenth consecutive victory.
Sadly, racing fans will not get the chance to see her go up against Sea of Class in the race at the end of the month. It was recently confirmed that she was struggling badly with colic and was in intensive care following surgery. Trainer William Haggas said there was no doubt that the horse’s racing career would now be over.
While that is undoubtedly terrible news, it will still be fascinating to see if the other runners in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes can give Enable a major challenge. Furthermore, it will be fascinating to see just what else the weekend has in store. Ascot very rarely disappoints and there are likely to be plenty of thrills on offer when the King George Weekend comes around.Follow us on