The King Edward VII Stakes is run as the second race on Day Four of the five-day Royal Ascot meeting. It is an opportunity for younger horses to test their mettle in this prestigious event, charging across the flat into a place in racing history.
The Group Two race is run over the 2,414 metre flat course at Ascot, which is approximately 1 mile, 4 furlongs. Weight for the race is 9st, although horses that have previously won either a Group One or Group Two race of at least one and a quarter miles have a weight penalty added of a further 3lb.
The prize purse stood at £185,000 in 2015, with winners Balios and Jamie Spencer gaining a share of £104,914.
The race usually features a number of horses who are fresh from running the Epsom Derby, which is held approximately two weeks earlier in the year.
The records for leading jockey and leading trainer have remained unbeaten since 1904. Jockey Morny Cannon won the race on St Simon of the Rock in 1891 and Osboch in 1901, while trainer John Porter saw wins with The Palmer in 1867, Pero Gomez in 1869, Shotover in 1882 and then The Child of the Mist in 1885.
Cannon and Porter together won the race with Matchmaker, Conroy and Frontier in 1895, 1896 and 1899, and then after the turn of the century enjoyed a further two victories together with Flying Lemur in 1902 and Darley Dale in 1904.
With both races being highly similar in terms of conditions and trip, the Epsom Derby is usually a good indicator of form for the King Edward VII Stakes and many horses will be seen competing in both events each year.
The favourites have a great track record for wins here – roughly half of races in recent years have been won by the favourite, although 2015 winner Balios was second favourite priced at 3/1.
The last true long-shot to win here was Amfortas at 66/1 back in 1996, making this a popular race for bettors who like shorter odds and lower risk.
Attracting some excellent young talent from the world of horse racing, the King Edward VII Stakes offers spectators the chance to pick out the future stars of the sport, in this historic Royal Ascot flat race.