Speaking of the great Solow, he has been the only winner aged five or above since 2007, which would suggest the younger generation have a much better chance. Horses with course form to their name also go better than others – particularly over Ascot’s straight mile. 7 out of the last 12 had at least one previous run at Ascot, and 5 out of the last 12 had at least one previous win at Ascot. Favourites are usually in the frame, with six of the last twelve favourites going on to win the race. Coincidentally, in 11 of the last 12 renewals, the market leader has finished in the top three of the betting.
9 out of the last 12 winners had a rating of 120 or higher, and the same number had at least one win in a Group 1 race to their name. 10 out of the last 12 winners had at least 4 runs that season, with only one not having previously won the same season. 5 of the last six winners have also come from stall 6 or higher.
Good luck in whatever your backing in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.