King's Stand Stakes Tips & Picks
The King's Stand Stakes is the second Group 1 to be held on Day 1 of the Royal Ascot carnival in June.
Held over the short-course distance of 1000m, the King's Stand Stakes is one of the more exciting feature races on the card and it always attracts plenty of attention with punters.
Running down the straight is always a popular sight and it's a great race to have on the first day of the carnival.
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|Date||Tuesday June 17, 2020|
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King's Stand Stakes history
The introduction of the King's Stand Stakes wasn't by design, but due to inclement weather.
The Royal Stand Plate was to be run over two miles, but due to the heavy rain only five furlongs of the track was able to be used. Subsequently, the long-distance thoroughbreds had to run over the much shorter distance of 1000m.
It has since become the most popular and most important sprint race at the Royal Ascot carnival.
Despite its popularity, the race was downgraded to Group 2 status in 1988 but regained its top billing in 2008.
The past winners' list is lengthy and it includes many champion sprinters from all around the world. Little Bridge gave the Hong Kong connections of Danny Shum and owner Ko Kam Piu a win in 2012 and the Australians have a great record.
Choisir won in 2003 before Takeover Target won three years later in 2006. Takeover Target was a $1000 purchase for Joe and Ben Janiak, and it's one of the greatest tales in Australian thoroughbred history.
Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast continued the Australian dominance in the years to come, but no Australian runner has won since 2009.
Lester Piggott holds the record for most wins (7) and trainer Vincent O'Brien scored five wins with the latest coming with Bluebird in 1987.
After his retirement, Aidan O'Brien (no relation) took over Ballymore Stables, but has yet to win a King's Stand Stakes.
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The winning times of the King's Stand Stakes aren't typically impressive, so many runners don't need to break the one-minute mark to win, however, 2017 winner Lady Aurelia produced a big effort to win in 0:57.45.
The smart American-bred sprinter was a three-length winner over Profitable and although the favourite was beaten (Marsha at 11/4) there were plenty of punters cashing their tickets on Lady Aurelia.
Goldream caused an upset at odds of 25/1 in 2015 when winning for Robert Cowell. The son of Oasis Dream wasn't fancied to beat two-time winner Sole Power, which had won the previous two editions.
Punters had cashed in with Sole Power which paid 5/1 in 2014 and 8/1 in 2013.
It takes a good horse to win the King's Stand Stakes, but international form stacks up extremely well over the sprinting distance.
Australian racing is known for producing some of the best sprinters in the world and we're confident more and more Australian-trained runners will come over and contest on Day 1 of the carnival.