Trainer John Gosden might be calling Enable’s chances of another win in the King George VI at Ascot “a tall order” but with a far easier run into the race than last year the bookies like Bet365, one of the best online sportsbook sites in the UK, still think it’s a shoo-in to win, and gets a price to match. However, in what is likely to be a hugely tactical race there’s plenty of room for it to fall short of victory and the King George VI odds Enable gets may not be the bet of the day.
“She won it as a three-year-old getting the weight,” John allowed, “it’s a little different when you’re older and suddenly you’ve got a Derby winner coming at you and he’s getting the weight.” Which is true enough, but the degree to which Anthony Van Dyck is actually a challenge to those King George VI odds Enable gets is debatable at best, and even Gosden himself had a wry word on the subject when he spoke to the press, even if you should take it with a big pinch of salt.
“I’m sure that pricing her where she is,” John chuckles of the bookies like Bet365 and the King George VI odds Enable is getting, “is not realistic to her chances, but it is realistic to them to protect themselves if she does win.” Which frankly, given there’s a good chance this superstar Filly could go on to win a record third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphethis year in France, is entirely understandable behavior from the bookies. Enable is still the easiest bet on sports in the UK.
Gosden Wary Of Anthony Van Dyck Challenge At Ascot
Of course there will be some out there willing to point out, and indeed wager on the concept, that Enable has to come a cropper sometime, that the hoopla that surrounds it is just that and after so many wins it’s due to lose. Not, I suspect, that any of them will then rush off to Bet365 to bet the farm on the likes of Hunting Horn or Norway, but at 100/1 they’re the preserve of the terminally optimistic each-way wager fans and not competition for those King George VI odds Enable gets.
King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes
- Date: July 27th 2019
- Track: Ascot Racecourse
- Location: Ascot, UK
- Distance: 1m 3F 211yds (2,406m)
- Type: Flat
- Qualification: 3 year olds+
- Weights: 8st 10lb (3yo)
- Weights: 9st 7lb (4yo+)
- Allowances: 3lb Fillies/Mares
- Allowances: 4lb S. Hemisphere 4yo
- Surface: Turf
- Purse: £1,250,000
Morando and Magic Wand get 66/1 apiece and that’s not saying much, their chances to even snatch a place finish are hugely less than that price would suggest, especially as Salouen gets 50/1 and is as like to win as a smooth Brexit. Perhaps the most interesting wager of the day, if you’ve eschewed the King George VI odds Enable garners, is the 25/1 being bandied about on Cheval Grand, the Japanese horse well worth taking advantage of UK gambling laws to back.
King George VI Odds – Enable 6/4 Favorite At Bet365
Of course, away from the each-way chances, Waldgeist gets 16/1 to win, a price that has closed up on Bet365 in recent days. That puts it spitting distance behind Royal Ascot winner Defoe at 12/1, itself no bad choice of bet if you decide the King George VI odds Enable gets are a bit too short, although Anthony Van Dyck at 7/1 really is a contender for a shock win, and an almost certainty to grab a place finish. If only because it does, as John said, have the weight with it.
2019 King George VI Odds
- Hunting Horn – 100/1
- Norway – 100/1
- Morando – 66/1
- Magic Wand – 66/1
- Salouen – 50/1
- Cheval Grand – 25/1
- Waldgeist – 16/1
- Defoe – 12/1
- Anthony Van Dyck – 7/1
- Crystal Ocean – 11/4
- Enable – 4/6
The King George VI odds Enable is getting then are under threat, most notably because Crystal Ocean is just 11/4 and is quite able to run a tactical race with spare to use come the finish. We’ve seen it do it at Ascot before, it could well do it again. This means if you are hitting Bet365, one of the best online betting sites in the UK, to back a horse in this race just try to remember that Enableisn’t the only one running, and even the very greatest lose their edge after a while.