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2022 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Result - Pyledriver causes Ascot shock

23 Jul 2022
Jon Vine 23 Jul 2022
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  • Full result for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes
  • 18/1 outsider of the six, Pyledriver claimed an emphatic victory under PJ McDonald
  • Westover was the beaten favourite back in fifth
PJ McDonald riding Pyledriver (red cap) win The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes from Rene Piechulek riding Torquator Tasso (yellow) at Ascot. (Getty)

Six of flat racing's finest locked horns in today's star-studded renewal of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Ralph Beckett's Westover entered the stalls as the firm favourite, following his demolition job in the Irish Derby. Fellow three-year-old, Emily Upjohn was weak in the betting prior to the King George, but was still the second favourite when the betting closed.

John Gosden's Mishriff and Arc hero, Torquator Tasso also featured in the line-up, alongside Pyledriver and Broome, and it was Ryan Moore's mount who cut out the early running.

2022 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Result

1st Pyledriver 18/1
2nd Torquator Tasso 10/1
3rd Mishriff 7/2

Westover, who was keen and sweaty before the off, pulled his way to the front as the field entered the bend. Mishriff, on the other hand, missed the break badly and handed the field an early four-length headstart.

Broome was aggressively ridden when winning the Hardwicke Stakes and Ryan Moore stoked his mount up early to join Westover going into the home straight. However, those exertions soon took their toll and as the leaders began to fade, Pyledriver sauntered to the front.

Least fancied of the sextet, PJ McDonald's mount quickly put four lengths between himself and the chasing pack. Torquator Tasso tried to track down the leader late on, but Pyledriver wasn't for catching and stayed on powerfully to claim the second Group One of his career.

Mishriff recovered well from his slow start to place third behind Pyledriver and Torquator Tasso. Westover and Emily Upjohn, who was barely mentioned throughout the race and hardly landed a blow, finished fifth and sixth behind Broome.


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