The 2021 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot looks set to provide a memorable battle of the generations as a high-class field of six is headlined by the star 4-year-old filly Love (Aidan O’Brien), who will take on this year’s Derby winner Adayar (Charlie Appleby).
The Group 1 contest offers the winner an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Longines Turf this fall at Del Mar.
A dual-Classic winner last year, Love returned to action this season by winning the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. She will be joined by her Group 1 winning stablemate Broome.
Wonderful Tonight (David Menuisier) is also declared for the race, having gotten the better of Broome when winning the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at the Royal Meeting in June.
Further intrigue is provided by Mishriff (John & Thady Gosden), who has recorded international success this year in Saudi Arabia and Dubai and steps up to a mile and a half in this country for the first time.
Completing the line-up is Lone Eagle (Martyn Meade), the other 3-year-old runner in the race who was second in the Irish Derby, form which has already been franked by the winner Hurricane Lane.
Ahead of the race, Adayar’s trainer Charlie Appleby, said: “I’m delighted with his preparation; he looks a million dollars. It’s going to be a fantastic race to watch hopefully and whoever wins it will be top of the mile and a half division.
“It looks at the moment as if it was a good Derby. It [winning the King George and the Derby] hasn’t been done since Galileo so for Adayar to turn up here is a huge occasion for everybody.
“It’s a challenge and now we’re stepping up into the big boy division so it’s going to be a fascinating race. We’re looking forward to it and excited to see what Adayar does.”
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