Postponed, the joint highest-rated racehorse in Europe, will face a maximum of nine rivals in his bid for back-to-back wins in Saturday’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Roger Varian’s stable star heads the market at best odds 8/15 (as short as 1/2 elsewhere) after the five-day decs were confirmed on Monday morning. The five-year-old has won his last five starts and looked better than ever when running away with the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June, his third Group One prize.
The race will have a royal runner after The Queen’s colt, Dartmouth, was supplemented for the Group One event at a cost of £75,000. Dartmouth won the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and connections have decided to have a crack at top-level glory back at the Berkshire venue. Olivier Peslier, who partnered the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt to success last time, retains the ride.
Godolphin have decided against supplementing Coral-Eclipse winner Hawkbill who will instead now be targeted at the Juddmonte International at York.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained globetrotter Highland Reel stands his ground and is a general 7/1 second favourite to give his trainer a fourth success in the race.