Sir Michael Stoute Holds the Aces for King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Sir Michael Stoute has a strong hand in his bid for the prestigious King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday 24 July.

He saddles three of the seven runners and holds a pair of aces in ante post favourite Workforce and main betting rival Harbinger, his other runner Confront is expected to take up the duty of pacemaker.

The record breaking Derby winner Workforce has been subject of most ante post interest and is the punters’ choice to win the UK’s most valuable all age championship race.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned colt is attempting to become the first three-year-old since Alamshar in 2003 to win the race on only his fourth race course outing.

Harbinger, a four-year-old Dansili colt, has improved when winning each of his three races this season and has continued to impress on the gallops.

Winner of the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at the Royal Ascot meeting last time, the colt has connections enthusing about his chances of finishing ahead of classic winning stable mate, Workforce.

Opinions are divided in the Stoute stables over which of the two horses will run best on Saturday, but significantly stable jockey Ryan Moore has chosen to ride the Derby winner and Olivier Peslier will partner Harbinger.

Aiden O’Brien brings over Irish derby winner Cape Blanco to challenge, hoping for a repeat of the Dante Stakes outcome when Cape Blanco beat Workforce by over 3 lengths.

Mick Channon’s Youmzain and French trained filly Daryakan re-oppose after finishing second and third respectively in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud with just a short neck to separate them.

Making up the field is John Gosden’s Dar Re Mi, winner of three Group 1 races but is returning from a disappointing run in the Eclipse.

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