The “Win and You’re In” qualifying races start on Saturday with the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Grade I) at Ascot is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races with the winner qualifying for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (Grade I).
Race 4: KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES (Class 1) . For three- year- old and up at 1 ½ miles. Purse $1,687,5000.
|1||Cracksman||R Havlin||John Gosden||3/1|
|2||Crystal Ocean||W Buick||Michael Stoute||2/1|
|3||Desert Encounter||A Atzeni||David Simcock||50/1|
|4||Poet’s Word||James Doyle||Michael Stoute||2/1|
|5||Salouen||S De Sousa||Sylvester Kirk||20/1|
|6||Coronet||O Peslier||John Gosden||10/1|
|7||Hydrangea||R L Moore||Aidan O’Brien||12/1|
|8||Rostropovich||J A Heffernan||Aidan O’Brien||20/1|
Cracksman suffered a defeat at Royal Ascot last month. He needs rain to have a chance of winning.
Crystal Ocean won the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot was one of the best performances in that race in recent years. He should be able to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes .
Poet’s Word should provide Crystal Ocean a major threat. He has finished runner-up on three occasions. The distance is likely to suit him. He should finish in the top three.
Our Top Three Picks:
- Crystal Ocean
- Poet’s Word