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King George Weekend Betting Guide

The King George Weekend is Ascot Racecourse’s midsummer showpiece and this two-day fixture features action on both Friday and Saturday – King George Day. Our King George Weekend betting guide covers both days of this equine extravaganza and gives you all the information you need to pick winners.

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King George Weekend 2019 Dates

The King George Weekend 2019 takes place on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th July. A rich history, prestigious races, and a glamorous crowd make it Ascot Racecourse’s second most important meeting of the year after Royal Ascot.

Day One is QIPCO King George Weekend – Friday, and the feature is the JGR Brown Jack Handicap. Day Two is QIPCO King George Day, and the feature is the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

QIPCO King George Weekend – Friday

QIPCO King George Weekend – Friday

The first day of this two-day meeting may be the appetiser for Saturday’s more prestigious card, but it is also a very exciting race day in its own right. Racegoers are encouraged to wander across Ascot’s famous lawns where they can frequent champagne and cocktail bars between races such as the Valiant Stakes.

The highlight of day one is the JGR Brown Jack Handicap, which commemorates Brown Jack – a horse who won races at an astounding seven different Royal Ascot Meetings.

Full Schedule of Races for King George Weekend – Friday

  • 1.50 – The John Guest Racing British EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes (Class 4) – 7f
  • 2.25 – The Anders Foundation British EBF Crocker Bulteel Maiden Stakes (Class 2) – 6f
  • 3.00 – The John Guest Racing Brown Jack Handicap Stakes (Class 3) (76-95) – Abt 2m
  • 3.35 – The Acorn Insurance EBF Valiant Stakes (Class 1) (Listed) – Old mile
  • 4:10 – The John Guest Racing Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (86-105) – 1m abt 4f
  • 4:45 – The Neptune Investment Management Supports Child Bereavement UK Handicap Stakes (Class 2) – 5f
  • 5:15 – The Sarah Chandler October Club Supporting SIA Fillies’ Handicap Stakes (Class 4) (66-85) – 5f

QIPCO King George Day

QIPCO King George Day

The highlight of the meeting is Saturday’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. This Group 1 flat is always a fan favourite and is set to be one of the best races of the whole year.

£1.2 million is the total prize money available to owners, trainers, and jockeys on King George Day, which is why it attracts the very best racehorses. Over £700,000 of that goes to the winner of the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, making the race the highlight of Ascot’s midsummer meeting.

Established in 1951, the King George brings together the best of the season’s classic generation and older horses for what is regarded as Europe’s premier summer middle-distance race. It has been won by a host of equine stars, including Enable, Dylan Thomas, Galileo, Lammtara, Nashwan, and Dancing Brave, to name but a few.

Other highlights on the King George weekend race card include the Group 3 Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes and the Gigaset International Stakes. King George Day is also one of the highlights of the social calendar, with well-dressed racegoers drinking champagne and eating picnics on the lawns all being part of the occasion.

The fun continues well after the racing is over too, as racegoers stay to listen to live music from the iconic Ascot Bandstand.

Full Schedule of Races for King George Weekend – Saturday

  • 1:50 – The Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes (Class 1) (Group 3) – 6f
  • 2.25 – The Porsche Handicap Stakes (Class 2) – 1m
  • 3.00 – The Moët & Chandon International Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) – 7f
  • 3.40 – The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes (Class 1) (Group 1) – 1m abt 4f
  • 4.15 – The Wooldridge Group Pat Eddery Stakes (Class 1) (Listed) – 7f
  • 4.50 – The Longines Handicap Stakes (Lady Riders) (Class 3) (71-90) – 7f
  • 5.20 – The Ascot Handicap Stakes (71-90) (Class 3) – 1m abt 4f
Horses racing during King George Weekend

King George Weekend Free Bets and Betting Offers

As the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is one of the highlights of the English flat season, bookmakers normally offer a variety of promotions and concessions to attract your business.

You can look forward to new player incentives such as welcome bonuses and free bets, which are an ideal way to boost your balance for the King George Weekend.

Another common sign-up offer will be enhanced King George betting odds for a popular horse to win. You could get big odds on a short-priced selection that has a fantastic chance of winning. You’ll only be able to place a limited stake at these odds, but it’s well worth wagering if you are eligible.

Other concessions to consider include best odds guaranteed. If your horse wins at a bigger price than the one on your betting slip, this means your bet will be paid out at the higher odds.

If you like to bet each-way, keep an eye out for enhanced place terms that could mean you’ll win if your horse finishes fourth or fifth in a race where many bookmakers may only be paying out on three places.

Keep checking in with us in the run up to the event as we’ll be bringing you all the best promotions and concessions for all your King George betting.

King George Weekend Tips 2019

Ante-Post betting for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is normally available months in advance of the race. Many big races such as The Derby, The Oaks, and the Coral Eclipse can have a major impact on the market, and it’s amazing to watch the twists and turns in the lead up to the big day.

The bookies often offer ante-post betting on other big King George weekend races, and we’ll keep you up to date about all the latest steamers and market movers.

Our experts will also be trying to find you the best value in the market, so watch out for our previews of both day 1 and day 2 of the King George. Our horse racing tipsters provide their expert insight across both days of the King George Weekend 2019.

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King George Weekend Results and History

Horse racing is a sport steeped in history and tradition and it’s always interesting to see which horses have plundered the big races over the years.

Knowing and understanding the history of big races can also be a useful tool when it comes to picking winners, as well as being a great way to impress your friends. Check out the results and history for the King George race and the JGR Brown Jack Handicap below:

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

YearHorseTrainerJockeyAgeWeightOdds
2018Poet’s WordSir Michael StouteJames Doyle59-77/4
2017EnableJohn GosdenFrankie Dettori38-75/4
2016Highland ReelAidan O’BrienRyan Moore49-713/8
2015PostponedLuca CumaniAndrea Atzeni49-76/1
2014TaghroodaJohn GosdenPaul Hanagan38-67/2

The JGR Brown Jack Handicap

YearHorseTrainerJockeyAgeWeightOdds
2018Speedo BoyIan WilliamsJames Doyle49-123/1
2017UAE KingRoger VarianSilvestre De Sousa38-46/5
2016Sea Of HeavenSir Mark PrescottLuke Morris49-59/4
2015SeamourBrian EllisonBen Curtis4 9-45/2
2014Maid In RioMark JohnstonSilvestre De Sousa38-55/2
Horses racing during King George Weekend

King George Weekend Trends and Statistics

A deeper analysis of the trends and statistics for the King George shows that, surprisingly, you need to go back to 2001 to find the last Derby winner to go onto success in the race. In fact, only three horses from the classic generation have been successful in the last decade.

The fillies Enable and Taghrooda were both Oaks winners, whilst the 2011 winner Nathaniel had previously been successful in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Another interesting statistic is that the 2018 King George race winner Poet’s Word was the first five-year-old to win the King George since 1999. That means that four-year-olds have the best recent record in the race with six wins in the last ten years.

Horses trained by Sir Michael Stoute and John Gosden are always worth considering, with both trainers winning three editions in the last decade.
As the last 10 winners have all been returned at odds of 13/2 or lower, it’s easy to see why the King George is popular with punters.

JGR Brown Jack Handicap Trends and Statistics

Recent winners of the JGR Brown Jack Handicap have all been returned at odds of 3/1 or less, which means this is normally another punter-friendly race.
Typical winners have either been three-year-olds carrying below 8-7 or four-year-olds carrying between 9-4 and 9-12.

Another useful pointer is that the last five successful horses have all run between seven and 31 days prior to victory. Silvestre De Sousa is a jockey to watch out for as he rode both the 2014 and 2017 winners.

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King George Weekend Tickets and Hospitality

If you’re thinking about attending this prestigious meeting, it’s always a good idea to check the King George weekend dress code first. Some of the cheaper tickets start from as little as £15 and dress in these sections is quite relaxed.

But, if you’ve spent up to £300 on tickets to enjoy being wined and dined in style, make sure you’re wearing the correct attire for the area you’ve booked.
If this is your introduction to horse racing, and you’re in any doubt about what to wear, always dress up at Ascot. In general, horse racing is always a resplendent occasion where many visitors dress to impress.

Men will be required to wear a jacket and tie in many areas. Ladies are also encouraged to wear a hat, but this isn’t compulsory as it is in many areas at the Royal Ascot Meeting.

If you’re driving to Ascot, make sure you book your King George weekend parking early as the limited spaces are normally in hot demand.

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King George FAQ

Can I get a deposit bonus for the King George Weekend?

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Where can I find tips on King George Weekend?

Our team of experts will provide you with tips for every race for both Friday and King George Day. Check back on SBO.net nearer to the event for the latest tips.

Can I bet on the King George Weekend using my mobile?

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Eric Roberts
Eric Roberts

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Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.