2020 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.

2020 King's Stand Stakes Key Facts


DateTuesday June 16, 2020
TrackRoyal Ascot
Distance5f
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet weights
Prizemoney£400,000
Age3YO+

2020 King's Stand Stakes Tips

Battaash has been the beaten favourite in this race the last two years, and Charlie Hills' star sprinter will return to Ascot for a third crack at this prize in 2020.

Irish trainer, Dennis Hogan looks like he'll have two arrows to fire at the favourite, with Sceptical and Make A Challenge both fancied in some corners.

Check out our preview of the 2020 King's Stakes Stakes to see who we're backing...

2020 King's Stand Stakes Odds


Name
Best Odds
Battaash7/4
Sceptical5/1
Glass Slippers8/1
Far Above12/1
Make A Challenge16/1
A'Ali16/1
Bar20/1

Odds from bet365. Correct at 09/06/20

King's Stand Stakes Live Stream


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2020 King's Stand Stakes Day Card


Race Title
2019 Winner
Buckingham Palace Handicap
Queen Anne Stakes (G1)Lord Glitters
Ribblesdale Stakes (G2)Star Catcher
Edward VII Stakes (G2)Japan
King's Stand Stakes (G1)Blue Point
Duke of Cambridge StakesMove Swiftly
Ascot Stakes HandicapThe Grand Visr

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.

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.

King's Stand Stakes FAQs

Who is the favourite for the King's Stakes Stakes?

Battaash is the even-money favourite to win the King's Stand Stakes in 2020.

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.