The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 1 race at Ascot that allows horses that are at least three years old to enter, taking place over a mile and three furlongs every July. It is the most prestigious flat race that is open age in Great Britain, with some of the sport’s best horses taking part.
Many people deemed the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 1975 as being the race of the century, with a massive battle between Bustino and Grundy. Many people shorten the race’s name to ‘King George’. It was first run in 1951 and there is a handicap system in place, with the prize purse in 2020 being £400,000.
In previous years, it was one of the richer races in the region, but it has been decreased due the COVID-19 pandemic. The race has been a part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series since 2011, with the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner getting entry into the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Enable is the most successful horse in this race, having won three times, doing so in 2017, 2019 and 2020.