The Queen had a her last winner of the race in 1954
PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
By RACING POST STAFF 10:51AM 18 JUL 2016
THE Queen’s colt Dartmouth has been supplemented for Saturday’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot at a cost of £75,000.
The son of Dubawi got the better of Highland Reel to take the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at the Royal meeting in June and will now be given the chance to go for Group 1 glory back at Ascot.
The Queen has won the race named after her parents once before, in 1954, when Aureole won in heavy conditions.
Dartmouth’s trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, will be bidding for a record sixth victory in the prestigious race after he secured back to back wins in 2009 and 2010 through Conduit and Harbinger.
The market is currently led by strong odds-on favourite Postponed at 1-2. He secured a fifth successive win by winning the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom in June.
Dartmouth has entered the market as the 5-1 second favourite, with Highland Reel, who looks set to be Aidan O’Brien’s entry for the race, at 6-1.
Hawkbill will not run
Hawkbill, who was supplemented to the field to win the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown at the start of July, will not be added to the King George line up by Godolphin and will instead wait for the Juddmonte International at York.
Godolphin, who secured a hat-tick of wins in the event from 1997 to 1999, could be represented by Elite Army, Beautiful Romance and Moolight Magic.
Charlie Appleby told godolphin.com: “After consultation with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and John Ferguson, we have decided he will miss the King George and be saved for races over a mile and a quarter. The Juddmonte is the likely next target.”