Desert Crown and Westover rematch in King George VI Stakes

Ascot hosts the spectacular King George this month and it sets off on July 23.

The Group 1 Classic, a part of the British Champions Series, is a 1m4f trip and a great follow up to the Derby at Epsom Racecourse that was won by Desert Crown in June.

Desert Crown with Richard Kingscote on board are the big favourites to win another classic

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Desert Crown with Richard Kingscote on board are the big favourites to win another classic

Desert Crown is the big favourite for this classic after winning the Derby on June 4 by 2 1/2l.

However, back in third was Westover who was arguably quite unlucky in the running.

Then he justified his potential by taking the Irish Derby by seven lengths, which he absolutely bolted up in but arguably against weaker Group 1 company.

So who is set to win the British Classic?

King George VI Stakes Betting Tip

Alpinista each-way 20/1 & Westover 4/1

Alpinista is on an incredible unbeaten streak and cannot be discounted

Alpinista is on an incredible unbeaten streak and cannot be discounted

The Juddmonte colours adorn the Ralph Beckett-trained horse and it’s likely he can get closer to Desert Crown this time out.

But they also have other stiff competition – with 35 runners holding early entries out of a maximum 19.

This is also open to fillies and mares which opens the door for Emily Upjohn, who was unlucky in the Oaks at Epsom the day before the Derby.

John & Thady Gosden’s horses have been flying home recently and that could be a sign of things to come.

Emily Upjohn will receive an extra 3lb from the colts and geldings which gives her a chance at competing over this distance but at odds of 4/1 Westover is a very attractive prospect.

Alpinista won the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in France by a length and a quarter on July 3 adding to his unbeaten six-run streak.

If she makes the trip to Berkshire anything close to her current odds of 20/1 would be worth taking on each-way.


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