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When is the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot?

Royal Ascot Tuesday 14th June 3.40 pm

The King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) 

Age: 3yo+ 

Distance: Five furlongs

Weights – 8st 12lbs (3yo), 9st 4lbs (4yo+), 3lb allowance for fillies and mares

Prize: £500,000

History of the King's Stand Stakes race at Royal Ascot
This race before 1860 was called the Royal Stand Plate and was run over 2 miles, however in 1860, the course was waterlogged due to heavy rain, which meant that much of it couldn’t be raced on.  So, race organisers created a new race, the Queen’s Stand Plate – this was only 5 furlongs, as it was the only section of the course that could be raced on.  Good news for the race, as it has become one of the most important sprints at the Royal Ascot meeting.

It took up the King’s Stand Stakes name in 1901 following the death of Queen Victoria and the accession of King Edward VII.  It was given Group 1 status in 1973, however, downgraded in 1988, only to resume it’s Group 1 status in 2005.  It now forms part of the Global Sprint Challenge – which affirms it’s position as one of the world’s best sprint races.

The most successful jockey has been Lester Piggott with seven wins between 1957 and 1985.

One of the top sprinters was Sole Power who won the race in two consecutive years, in 2013 and 2014.

Watch Lester Piggott race to victory in the 1985 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot King's Stand Stakes Trends and Statistics

Here are the King's Stand Stakes 12 year Trends and Statistics 2009 -2020.

  • Age – Five of the last twelve winners were aged six and ten of them ere between four and six.
  • Sex – Just one filly and no mares have won this race in the last twelve years. Six geldings have won and five entires (two colts and three horses).
  • Country – Four of the last twelve winners were bred in Great Britain, four in Ireland, the other four were bred in the USA, France, New Zealand and Australia. 
  • Colour – Ten of the last twelve winners were bay (b) one was brown (br) and the other bay/brown (b/br).
  • Starting Price (SP) – Nine of the last twelve winners have returned at a SP of 8/1 or less. 
  • Starting Price Rank – While only two favourites have won in the last twelve renewals, eleven of the winners came from the first five in the betting.
  • Headgear – Ten of the last twelve winners had no headgear, although one of those wore a tongue tie. The other two winners wore cheek pieces. 
  • Draw – Nine of the last twelve winners have been drawn between stalls 1 and 11. 
  • Last Run Form – Eight of the last twelve winners won or were placed second on their most recent run.
  • Days since last run – Ten of the last twelve winners had their last run between 9 and 80 days ago.
  • Course Form – Nine of the last twelve winners had at least two previous runs at Ascot. Seven of them have had at least one previous win at Ascot.
  • Distance Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least one previous wins over five furlongs.
  • Flat Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least four previous wins.
  • Official Rating – All of the last twelve winners had a rating of 111 or higher.
  • Group Wins – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at won at least a Group 3 race, with seven of them having won a Group 1.
  • Current Season Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least one run in the current season, nine of them had at least one win during the current season.
Recent Winners of The King's Stand Stakes
DateTrackDistanceGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORStallDays
Ascot5fGood To Firm1654/19-51171434d
Ascot5fGood To Soft1165/69-412610298d
Ascot5fGood To Firm1446/19-411510255d
Ascot5fGood To Firm1737/28-912118269d
Ascot5fGood To Firm18620/19-4111324d
Ascot5fGood To Soft22612/19-41167
Ascot5fGood To Firm15511/49-401
Ascot5fGood To Firm13322/18-12011
Ascot5fGood To Firm2063/19-103
Ascot5fGood To Firm2877/19-7012
York5fGood To Firm1647/19-208
Ascot5fGood To Firm1978/19-21121517d
Ascot5fGood To Firm20425/19-7014
Ascot5fGood To Firm23516/19-202275d
Ascot5fGood To Firm17320/18-101021613d
Ascot5fGood To Soft19610/19-20125d
Ascot5fGood To Soft18533/18-13015


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What's Our King's Stand Stakes Tips for Royal Ascot?

We've been studying the cards, form, stats, trends and more for the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, and here's our thoughts ahead of the race:

Seven-year-old Battaash heads the market after winning the race last season for the first time after finishing second twice behind Blue Point in 2018 and 2019. This will be his first outing since winning the Nunthorpe last August at York, and after suffering a small fracture during the winter, Charlie Hills has recently given positive news for a return at Royal Ascot and is pleased with the progress in the run up to the race. Ten of the last twelve winners have been aged between 4-6, which is not an encouraging stat for Bataash, and reduces the value of the current 3/1 price.

The problem also is the form of Glass Slippers, who has definitely improved in his 4-year-old season. He finished fifth in this race last season, five lengths behind Battaash, who did the same again at Goodwood, albeit by only two lengths on that occasion. Since then, Glass Slippers has gone on to win two races, the last of which came in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in November – another step forward and definitely a career best. He returns to Ascot as a 5-year-old and it will be a fascinating match-up between the two market principals. From a betting perspective it’s really hard to choose between the two, which somewhat reduces their appeal at their current prices.

With the front two in the market hard to separate, that potentially adds to the value of Liberty Beach at 12/1 each way. This horse finished third in the race last season having gone off at 4/1 SP and appear to be less exposed than the market principals. He crossed paths with Battaash and Glass Slippers on a few occasions last season and in their final race of the season finished third by a nose in the same race that Glass Slippers finished second. He is scheduled to run in the Temple Stakes at Haydock in a couple of weeks which is generally used as a prep run for this race in previous years.

It should be a fascinating race and I think all three will be closely matched in this sprint race, but Liberty Beach is the definite value option at triple the price of the other two market principals.

Our Antepost bet is:

  • Liberty Beach 1pt each way

On the day:

BATTAASH 3.40 – Ascot (15/8) – Won this race last year on his return and despite having a minor set-back in his preparation this time round (small fracture) it’s not enough to put off backing him. He finished unbeaten last year, winning the Nunthorpe in gritty fashion when last seen which was on good ground, though softer than ideal, and although he had to fight harder than expected, he never really looked like losing. He should have his ideal ground tomorrow and with such an impressive record when returning from a break, backing him this time around looks the right choice in what doesn’t look the strongest renewal, and especially as his trainer Charlie Hills is having his most prolific season yet.

This tremendous race at the minimum trip is always run at full pelt. A bad race for favourites but 11 of the last 12 winners have come from the first five in the betting. Winning course form is pretty important too.

Favourite for the race is the talented  BATTAASH who has been runner up behind BLUE WIND for the last two years. With BLUE WIND now retired BATTAASH may be the one to side with on Tuesday, however, the opposition is likely to be pretty strong with the likes of SCEPTICAL, GLASS SLIPPERS and OXTED expected to line up.

Keith's final choice

15:35 BATTAASH 5/6 – Because BATTAASH hasn't performed to his best at Ascot in the past I was trying my hardest to oppose him but his solid form elsewhere coupled with two runner up spots in this race make him the one to be on. The lack of a crowd may help his cause too. GLASS SLIPPERS is best of the rest.

How it fared

BATTAASH Won – Absolute master class clear by 2½ lengths the lack of crowds meant a much calmer BATTASH turned up for the race.

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Leading Contenders:

BLUE POINT 7/2 – Won this last year. Has hit the ground running this season with three Group wins in Meydan.

MABS CROSS 5/1 – Third in last years renewal. Finished off last season with a win in the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp and resumed where she left off by winning a Newmarket Group 3 on her return.

BATAASH 6/1 – Won Group 2 races at Haydock and Goodwood either side of coming second in this last year. Ended the season with a good run behind MABS CROSS in the Prix de l'Abbaye, just missing out on a place when five of them crossed the line together.

SERGEI PROKOFIEV 10/1 – Three-year-old. Won a Listed race at Navan before finishing fourth behind MABS CROSS at Newmarket. One to keep any eye on in the betting but would probably be better sticking to his own age group for now.

Following the form lines, last year’s winner BLUE POINT 7/2 looks to have the measure of this field.

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What our members tipped in the King's Stand Stakes

Each day we ask our members to select their Pick 6, their NAP for each race of the day.  We then collate all the picks, and present the top selections to our VIP members.  Here's how it went for the King's Stand Stakes 2020:

Just five votes in it between Blue Point and Battaash, with last year’s winner Blue Point leading it with 37.5% of the vote and Battaash on 35.6%.

Race Three | 3:40pm – King's Stand Stakes  🥇  OXTED

All eyes on BATTAASH for this and there's 56% of you who reckon he can repeat his 2020 performance.
Preference elsewhere is for Tim Easterby's WINTER POWER wth a respectable 14.5%.
OXTED the only real danger from your selections with 5.5%.

The huge favourite here is Battaash and is certainly a favourite among your selections with 59.7% of the votes. Glass Slippers looks the only one to challenge with 12% of your selections. Liberty Beach up there with the best though with 11.5% of the selections.

Just five votes in it between Blue Point and Battaash, with last year’s winner Blue Point leading it with 37.5% of the vote and Battaash on 35.6%.

Royal Ascot King's Stand Stakes Results

1 Oxted 4/1
2 Arecibo 28/1
3 Extravagant Kid 18/1
4 Battaash 11/8F
16 ran

1 Battaash 5/6F
2. Equilateral 9/1
3. Liberty Beach 4/1
11 ran Distances: 2¼l, shd, 1l
Time: 58.64s (fast by 0.36s)


1 Blue Point 5/2
2 Battaash 2/1F
3 Soldier's Call 16/1
12 ran Distances: 1¼l, 1½l, nse
Time: 58.53s (fast by 0.47s)

Our Verdict:

Keith hits his first winner of Royal Ascot 2019 with Blue Point doing the business and winning by over a length from Battaash who was the favourite.  These two horses were stand out from the rest and their pick by both Keith and our members just shows this.  Soldier’s call takes third place as an outsider at 16/1.

Kings Stand Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
Distance: 5f (1100 yards) Prize (winner): £198485 Dir: Straight
Runners: 16    Going: Good To Firm    Class: Class 1 Group 1    Age Restrictions: 3yo+
Winners Time: 0 mins 59.03s   Avg OR: 108     Median OR: 108.5     Stalls: Centre

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
81st14Oxted5117Teal, R AFallon, Cieren4/15.262.15
held up, pushed along halfway, ridden and headway entering final furlong, led inside final furlong, ran on BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 13
12nd1.7515Arecibo (FR)6104Cowell, R M HSpencer, Jamie28/143.977.26
towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on towards finish BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 960
33rdNK5Extravagant Kid (USA)8114Walsh, BrendanDettori, L18/141.325.71
in touch, headway 2f out, ridden and ran on final furlong BF IP MIN 14.5 BF IP MAX 1000
24th0.59Battaash (IRE)7123Hills, CharlesCrowley, Jim11/8 (Fav)2.741.55
close up, headway and every chance 2f out, soon edged left, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed and no extra towards finish BF IP MIN 1.55 BF IP MAX 1000
115thHD3Keep Busy (IRE)4108Quinn, J JMoore, Ryan50/187.5712.50
towards rear, pushed along 2f out, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, ran on, nearest finish BF IP MIN 65 BF IP MAX 1000
126thNK10Liberty Beach4109Quinn, J JHart, Jason11/115.363.52
close up, pushed along 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong BF IP MIN 3.4 BF IP MAX 1000
57thNK16Kings Lynn4107Balding, A MMurphy, Oisin8/111.753.33
towards rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, nearest finish BF IP MIN 5.7 BF IP MAX 1000
98th0.7513Stone Of Destiny6103Balding, A MBuick, William40/167.519.00
dwelt in rear, ridden and ran on inside final furlong BF IP MIN 15 BF IP MAX 900
169th1.57Winter Power (IRE)3114Easterby, T DSousa, Silvestre De7/19.092.77
tracked leaders, led 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, soon weakened BF IP MIN 4.3 BF IP MAX 1000
1410thNK8Acklam Express (IRE)3110Tinkler, NMarquand, Tom22/133.118.20
close up, pushed along halfway, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 15 BF IP MAX 36
611thNK6Maven (USA)4105Ward, WesleyVelazquez, J R40/156.9311.91
tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 44 BF IP MAX 1000
712th0.7511Ornate897Griffiths, D CKirby, Adam250/1907.4754.49
in touch, ridden 2f out, no impression BF IP MIN 770 BF IP MAX 1000
413th412Harrys Bar6106McGuinness, AdrianWhelan, R P50/161.4812.05
held up, ridden 2f out, not trouble leaders BF IP MIN 65 BF IP MAX 1000
1314th2.254Que Amoro (IRE)5112Dods, MMulrennan, Paul40/161.429.08
led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 32 BF IP MAX 960
1515th1.751Ubettabelieveit (IRE)3110Tinkler, NScott, Rowan80/1134.3222.00
in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 100 BF IP MAX 1000
1016th2.252Glamorous Anna492Mason, ChristopherCox, William250/1574.79140.00
tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out BF IP MIN 310 BF IP MAX 900

Kings Stand Stakes (Group 1)
Distance: 5f (1100 yards) Prize (winner): £148000 Dir: Straight
Runners: 11    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Group 1    Age Restrictions: 3yo+
Winners Time: 0 mins 58.64s   Avg OR: 109     Median OR: 106     Stalls: Centre

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
11st10Battaash (IRE)6126Hills, CharlesCrowley, Jim5/6 (Fav)1.851.29
keen made all towards stand side, ridden and ran on BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 1.84
22nd2.255Equilateral5111Hills, CharlesDoyle, James9/113.002.92
taken to post early, steadied start and switched left to race towards stand side, in rear, pushed along and headway entering final furlong, ran on, went 2nd post BF IP MIN 10.5 BF IP MAX 1000
113rdSH9Liberty Beach3105Quinn, J JHart, Jason4/15.781.70
tracked winner towards stand side, pushed along 2f out, ridden and no impression inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
64th111Tis Marvellous6108Cox, C GKirby, Adam33/144.005.56
tracked leaders towards stand side, pushed along 2f out, ridden and stayed on one pace final furlong BF IP MIN 19 BF IP MAX 990
85th2.54Glass Slippers4116Ryan, K AEaves, Tom13/210.332.46
tracked leaders centre, pushed along to lead this group 2f out, no impression with stand side group final furlong BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 1000
106th1.51Shades Of Blue (IRE)4105Cox, C GKeniry, L P50/182.849.80
tracked leader centre, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 60 BF IP MAX 990
97th17Kurious4106Candy, HBentley, Harry33/146.005.99
tracked leaders centre, pushed along 2f out, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 44 BF IP MAX 1000
48th1.258Rocket Action4103Cowell, R M HQueally, T P125/1165.5216.84
in touch towards stand side, ridden 2f out, no impression BF IP MIN 110 BF IP MAX 1000
79th0.756Well Done Fox4105Hannon (Jnr), RichardSousa, Silvestre De40/166.848.37
towards rear centre, ridden 2f out, no impression BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000
310th0.52Hit The Bid6103Bunyan, DarrenMurphy, Oisin40/159.398.80
taken to post early, led centre group, pushed along and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 34 BF IP MAX 1000
511th0.53Sergei Prokofiev (CAN)4107OBrien, A PMoore, Ryan28/138.005.40
in rear centre, pushed along 2f out, no impression BF IP MIN 30 BF IP MAX 990

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