King George Diamond Day

Horse Racing

QIPCO King George Diamond Day

King George Diamond Day at Ascot Racecourse can only mean one thing.  One of the biggest races on the UK Flat racing calendar – the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes – is the centrepiece of a mid-summer horse racing treat.

NEWSFLASH: CONGRATULATIONS to 18-1 outsider Pyledriver, ridden by PJ McDonald, who won the big race on 2022 King George Diamond Day seeing off German raider and Arc winner Torquator Tasso by nearly three lengths.  Mishriff – second in the race in 2021 – finished in third place. 

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They’re under starters order at Ascot Racecourse with seven quality races on the card including the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.  Raced over 1 and a half miles (12 furlongs) this prestigious race has long been regarded as Europe’s premier midseason middle-distance championship race for horses of both sexes and all ages.

Some of the best racehorses in history have won the King George including Nijinsky, Shergar, Dancing Brave and Galileo and in 2020 Ascot welcomed back the much-loved defending champion Enable.  The extraordinary mare did not disappoint recording a third King George title.

In last year’s race 2021 Derby winner Adayar confirmed his classy credentials to take first prize.  Charlie Appleby’s colt, a son of Frankel, becoming the first horse since Galileo in 2001 to complete the Derby-King George VI double.

This year the race has a total prize pot of £1,250,000, with connections of the winning horse receiving over £700,000.

2022 ONES TO WATCH

The 2022 edition of the King George VI is shaping up to be a classic.  Westover (third in the Derby and winner of the Irish Derby) leads the ante-post betting from the more experienced Mishriff who finished second in the race last year.  Leading filly Emily Upjohn, who just lost out in this year’s Oaks after stumbling at the start, is aiming to follow in the hoofsteps of the famous female Enable who claimed the last of her three victories in 2020.  Meanwhile, the credentials of 2021 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Torquator Tasso– currently an 11/1 shot – cannot be ruled out.

🎟️ Tickets are off-sale.

🎟️ Tickets on the day for King George Diamond Day are subject to availability.  Checking the Ascot Racecoure Twitter feed for updates before travelling is highly recommended.

🗝️ Gates open at 11am.

🏇 First race is at 1.50pm.

🏇 Feature race, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, at 3.35pm.

🚊🚗 Travel tips: By car – Ascot is accessible from the M3, M4 and M40 and parking is available.  For details and to book visit the Ascot website.  By train –  South West Trains runs a frequent service to Ascot from both Reading, Guildford and London Waterloo.  The average journey time is 27 minutes from Reading and 52 minutes from Waterloo.  The railway station is around a seven minute walk from the racecourse.

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