Ascot 2020: The Ultimate Guide to King Stand Stakes

Battaash

Trainer: Charlie Hills

Jockey: Jim Crowley

He has been twice runner up in this race, in the last two running's, on both occasions by sprinting superstar Blue Point, who has been retired and this looks an ideal chance for him to finally get his head in front in this race.

He is by no means the most reliable, shown in his last run when bombing out of the Abbaye on Arc day and finishing last however when he’s on a going day, he’s very difficult to beat, that was shown when he finally landed his first grade one in August, winning the Nunthrope at York.

There is no doubt he is the best horse in this field by a long way and behind closed doors may well aid his case with the fact there is no Blue Point too and should everything go according to plan, he will be hard to beat.

Glass Slippers

Trainer: Kevin Ryan

Jockey: Tom Eaves

This filly is an exciting sprinter and ended her three-year-old career with three successive victories in France, ending with the Group One Abbaye.

She could be the type to improve again and does get a filly allowance, which will no doubt help her cause.

Her Abbaye victory was on extremely testing ground however and it will be different conditions this time.

Equilateral

Trainer: Charlie Hills

Jockey: James Doyle

A stablemate of the favourite but this looks a stiff task.

He is clearly talented but seems to have too many quirks and would have to step up considerably to get involved here.

He had two runs in Meydan through the winner, winning a listed racing before finishing second when odds on in a Group two.

Liberty Beach

Trainer: John Quinn

Jockey: Jason Hart

An exciting three-year-old filly, who comes here with the benefit of a run, winning a listed contest at Haydock last weekend.

She has plenty of raw speed, winning the Malcomb at Goodwood last year and finished second in the Lowther at York,

She looked as good as ever when winning at Haydock and will appreciate the stiff Ascot track and a big run could be in store.

Tis Marvellous

Trainer: Clive Cox

Jockey: Adam Kirby

He won a French Group two in 2016 but that’s as far as his form goes and it’s no wonder, he’s a big price for this.

He was second in last year's Wokingham before winning a handicap over course and distance in July so does like the track, but he was well beaten in listed contests at the end of last season and this looks difficult.

Shades of Blue

Trainer: Clive Cox

Jockey: Liam Keniry

The second of the Cox runners and another big price.

She wasn’t beaten by the reposing Glass Slippers in a Group three at Longchamp in September but hasn’t kicked on from that and was disappointing on reappearance at Newmarket last weekend.

She finished third in the Queen Mary here in 2018 and she does have ability, but this looks too hot.

Sergei Prokofiev

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Ryan Moore

It’s rare to see connections have a runner in a Group One at such a big price but this son of Scatt Daddy hasn’t really fulfilled his potential, and this will be too hard for him.

He cost $1.1 million and was third in the Coventry in 2018 but has only won twice since.

He was 10th of 12 in this race last year and finished second last at Naas on reappearance in a listed contest.

Well Done Fox

Trainer: Richard Hannon

Jockey: Silvestre De Sousa

Another huge price. He’s already has a run this year when fourth in the Palace House but it’s difficult to see him getting close.

He ran twice last year and was underwhelming but did win two listed contests as a two-year-old but isn’t Group one class and the price reflects that.

Kurious

Trainer: Henry Candy

Jockey: Harry Bentley

Another at a huge price and she’s been off the track for 11 months but did end her three-year-old campaign by winning the Group three Coral Charge.

That clearly shows she has ability but a first start since July in a contest of this nature should provide too difficult.

Hit the Bid

Trainer: D J Bunyan

Jockey: Oisin Murphy

He’s a seasoned six-year-old who’s been around the world and is a Group three winner but will have to improve hugely here.

He was beaten at odds on at Dundalk when last seen in October and it’s difficult to see him running any sort of race here.

Rocket Action

Trainer: Robert Cowell

Jockey: Tom Queally

Another at a huge price and he looks in over his head here, having signed off 2019 by winning a couple of handicaps on the all-weather.

That’s as far as his form goes and he’s the least fancied of the whole field but is trained by sprint king, Robert Cowell.

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