2023 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes Recap

Saturday saw a race of the ages at Ascot. Pre-race excitement had this billed as one of the best races to be staged in the UK in many years as it drew a top-class field including the 2023 Derby Stakes winner and runner-up (Auguste Rodin and King of Steel) as well as the runner-up from the 2022 Derby Stakes, Westover. Throw into the melting pot Emily Upjohn, Hukum, and last year’s winner Pyledriver and the ingredients for a classic were all ready to bring to the boil. Here is the 2023 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes Recap.

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The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes

Grade 1 – Purse $1,595,000 – 1 mile 3 furlongs 211 yards – Turf – 3-Year-Olds and Up

Hukum wins the race of the ages

And this one did not disappoint with HUKUM coming out on top after a sustained duel in the final two furlongs to defeat Westover by a head with the chalk Auguste Rodin a huge disappointment finishing last of the ten-strong field.

As the gate flashed open it was no surprise to see the Ballydolye duo Point Lonsdale and Bolshoi Ballet out in front acting as pacemakers for the chalk Auguste Rodin.

The 2022 winner of this race and 2023 winner of the Grade 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, Pyledriver was settled in third spot in the two-lane.

Hukum had already proved himself against the best when defeating last year’s Derby winner Desert Crown when winning the 2023 Grade 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on his previous run.

His win on Saturday was from a mark of 122 and he will now be pushing the best horse in the world (Equinox from Japan) in that category.

As they hit the top of the stretch there were four in line with Westover making his move in the four lane and he was joined by last year’s winner Pyledriver.

Westover went a length clear as they hit the two-furlong pole and it was here that both King Of Steel and Hukum made their moves.

As they hit the three-sixteenth pole, Hukum joined Westover but the younger rival would not lie down and they drove to the wire as one, neither rival giving an inch.

It seemed an eternity as they went head to head for those final 300 yards, and the crowd at Ascot was whipped into a frenzy as the head-bobbing finish saw Hukum just prevail at the wire, with the three-year-old King of Steel running a game race in third and Luxembourg in fourth for the Aiden O’Brien barn.

2023 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes Race Video


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Barn handler Owen Burrows was quoted after the race as saying

“To be honest, we felt he has never been better, this season for whatever reason, he’s shown a lot more speed. But what a tough horse – and he had to be because the second didn’t lay down, did he? He made us fight all the way.”

Of course, this was a 2023 Qipco British Champions Series Qualifier and Hukum is likely to return to Ascot for that event or take in the 2023 Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe at Longchamp earlier in October.

2023 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes Race Payouts

1. Hukum$7.70$2.30
2. Westover$2.40
3. King of Steel$1.90

WINNING TIME: 2 mins 33.95 secs

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