2023 King Edward VII Stakes & Albany Stakes Recap

Friday’s card at Royal Ascot certainly lived up to its billing with two thrilling races the 2023 King Edward VII Stakes and Albany Stakes.

One of the most prestigious races of the day came in the shape of the King Edward VII Stakes. Despite just a field of six heading down to post, there was no shortage of quality as King Of Steel was able to put his heartbreaking Derby second behind him with an emphatic victory.

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Kicking off Friday’s card was the Albany Stakes. A loaded field of seventeen lined up for this year’s renewal and racegoers were treated to a thrilling finish as the Donnacha O’Brien trained Porta Fortuna finished best of all to win the biggest race of her career to date.

King Edward VII Stakes

Group 2, 1 mile and 4 furlongs, turf, open to three-year-old horses. Total prize pool: £250,000

  1. King Of Steel +110
  2. Continuous +900
  3. Artistic Star +750

Winning time: 2m 35.30s

The Roger Varian trained King of Steel backed up his superb performance in this year’s Derby to run out a comfortable winner of this year’s King Edward VII Stakes. The heavy favorite for the race, jockey Kevin Stott landed one of the biggest prizes of his career with a calm and assured ride.

Happy to let others dictate the early pace, Stott and King Of Steel were happy to watch on from the back of the pack before making their move down the home straight.

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With just three furlongs left to run, Stott asked King of Steel to close, and the response was immediate, joining the front runners, he surged clear at the furlong pole to win by four lengths.

Continuous for Aidan O’Brien was able to seal second with Artistic Star holding on for third.

2023 King Edward VII Stakes Payouts

HorseWin (£)Place (£)
King Of Steel2.101.50
Continuous 2.60
Artistic Star

Albany Stakes

Group 3, 6 furlongs, turf, open to two-year-old fillies. Total prize pool: £100,000

  1. Porta Fortuna +500
  2. Matrika +900
  3. Soprano +750

Winning time: 1m 13.97s

The Albany Stakes is often regarded as one of the most difficult races to predict of the entire Royal Ascot meeting and that certainly proved the case once again.

Seventeen of Europe’s most promising two-year-old fillies headed down to post for this year’s race with the betting led by the Simon & Ed Crisford trained Carla’s Way.

With a strong Irish contingent gathered for the race it was one of Ireland’s star young trainers Donnacha O’Brien that was able to train the winner.

Porta Fortuna arrived at the race having had two starts in strong company and that experience would prove vital as she found an extra gear deep inside the final furlong to overhaul longtime leader Matrika.

With the runners split into two groups, action was happening all over the track and a huge host of horses were in with a chance of victory.

2023 Albany Stakes Race Video

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Committing for home a long way out, the Aidan O’Brien trained Matrika looked like she wouldn’t be caught, but with the line in sight she showed signs of tiring, and it was the game Porta Fortuna who would go on take full advantage.

Matrika would hold on for second with Soprano rounding out the top three.

2023 Albany Stakes Payouts

HorseWin (£)Place (£)
Porta Fortuna6.152.45
Matrika 3.60
Soprano 3.15

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