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2010 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1)

Date/Track:
7/24/2010, Ascot-GB
Distance:
1 1/2m (Turf)
Age/Sex:
3+ M
Time:
2:26.78
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A total man among boys and one little girl today. That's what Harbinger was in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. Confront, as expected, set the pace and lasted for some time. With the Irish Derby winner, Cape Blanco on the inside and the Epsom Derby winner, Workforce on the outside side by side chasing him. Harbinger sat just off of Workforce. Then when ask to go by jockey Olivier Peslier, Harbinger quickly put the King George to bed in a matter of 4 strides. Destroying the field and setting a new Ascot track record. Cape Blanco was the nearest pursuer for 2nd, but was a well beaten 10 lengths. Youmzain and Daryakana ran close for 3rd and 4th. With Epsom Derby winner, and heavy race favorite Workforce really nowhere. Fading to all the way back to 5th just ahead of pace maker Confront.
I think this will be the most exciting and most interesting race of the weekend. It's too bad that Sheema Classic winner Dar Re Mi had to be scratched this late with a stone bruise. It does change the tactics in the race a bit. Confront is in the race for speed to set it up for Workforce. If Workforce runs like he did at Epsom? The rest are nowhere. But if he finds the going tricky at Ascot with the short straights and right-handed turns? Any of the rest, Harbinger, Cape Blanco or Daryakana especially could win this race. IMO.
If you fancy international racing at all? Then the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal-Ascot on Saturday figures to be one of, if not the best race of the weekend. Entered in the race are the likes of Epsom Derby winner Workforce. Dante Stakes and Irish Derby winner Cape Blanco. Hong Kong Vase winner Daryakana. Dubai Sheema Classic winner Dar Re Mi. Hardwicke Stakes winner Harbinger. And Arc runner-up for the past three seasons, Youmzain. A lot of quality thoroughbreds in this race. Workforce is currently even money favorite. Harbinger is the second betting choice at 5-2. I think there's some really good value with the two ladies in the race. Sheema Classic winner, Dar Re Mi is currently 16-1. And French super-filly Daryakana, who went wide from dead last to swamp the entire 09' Hong Kong Vase field back in December is 14-1. This should prove to be quite an interesting race.
Taking a look at the list of potential starters for the 2010 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It reads like a veritable who's who of European turf racing. With the likes of the 2010 Epsom Derby winner and runner-up. The Dante Stakes and Irish Derby winner. The Hong Kong Vase winner. The Sheema Classic and Yorkshire Oaks winner. The Grand Prix De Paris and Prix Niel winner. The 09' Queen's Vase winner. The 09' Sheema Classic and Hong Kong Vase runner-up. The Surprise Stakes, Ormonde Stakes, and Hardwicke Stakes winner. The 09

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