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2023 King's Stand Stakes Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

The King's Stand Stakes is the second Group One to be held on Day One of Royal Ascot in June.

Held over the short-course distance of five furlongs, 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.

The Kings Stakes Stakes is one of the most popular world-wide races at Royal Ascot too, with sprinters coming from across Europe, America and Australia to try and land the mammoth first prize.

King's Stand Stakes Key Facts

DateTuesday June 20, 2023
TrackRoyal Ascot
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet weights

2023 King's Stand Stakes Tips

When the field has been finalised, we'll publish our guide to the 2023 King's Stand Stakes.

2023 King's Stand Stakes Odds

No odds are currently available for the 2023 King's Stand Stakes.

2022 King's Stand Stakes Result

1st Nature Strip 9/4
2nd Twilight Calls 11/1
3rd Acklam Express 200/1

King's Stand Stakes Live Stream

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King's Stand Stakes Day Card

2:30pmQueen Anne StakesGroup 1
3:05pmCoventry StakesGroup 2
3:40pmKing's Stand StakesGroup 1
4:20pmSt James's Palace StakesGroup 1
5:00pmAscot StakesHandicap
5:35pmWolferton StakesListed
6:10pmCopper Horse StakesHandicap

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.

Edward Lynam's legendary sprinter Sole Power secured back-to-back victories in 2013 and '14. That feat was matched by Blue Point, who won for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin in 2018 and '19.

Having twice finished second to Blue Point, Charlie Hills' Battaash finally claimed his first Royal Ascot victory, winning the King's Stand Stakes in 2020.

Roger Teal's Oxted followed Blue Point into the King's Stand winner's enclosure. Chris Waller's Australian raider, Nature Strip handed his European rivals a sound thrashing to win the 2022 King's Stand Stakes.

King's Stand Stakes Betting Guide

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.

In 2018, Blue Point upset Battaash and defending champion, Lady Aurelia to win the King’s Stand Stakes.

The following year, Blue Point retained his Kings’ Stand Stakes crown in excellent fashion, before landing a historic Royal Ascot double just four days later by winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

King's Stand Stakes Lead Up Races

The Duke Of York Stakes and the Sandy Lane Stakes, staged at York and Haydock during May, are often used as stepping stones towards the King’s Stand Stakes. 

The winners of the Group Three Abernant Stakes and Palace House Stakes often step up to Group One company at Royal Ascot.

Royal Ascot Track Report

Ascot is a large, right-handed track, best suited by galloping sorts. Ascot features a 14-furlong round course, and a straight course for races between five furlongs and a mile.

The track at Ascot is testing, particularly when the ground is soft, and the three-furlong home straight is all uphill until the runners hit the line.

2023 King's Stand Stakes FAQs

Who won the King's Stakes Stakes?

Australian sprinter Nature Strip won the King's Stand Stakes in 2022.

How long is the King's Stand Stakes?

The King's Stand Stakes is the shortest Group One of Royal Ascot, at just five furlongs.

How can I watch the King's Stand Stakes?

The race will be shown live on ITV Racing. Visit our Live Streaming page to find out how you can watch every race at Royal Ascot on your mobile or tablet.

When is the 2023 King's Stand Stakes?

The 2023 King's Stand Stakes will be run on Tuesday 20th June.