The King George V Stakes closes the proceedings on the third day of the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting. This race is of particular interest to trainers who hope to use it as a stepping stone for their three-year-old horses, entering many with a view to later achieving Group race standard.

Key information

The King George V Stakes is run on the right-handed flat course at Ascot over a distance of 2,414 metres or 1 mile, 4 furlongs. The prize purse in 2015 totalled £75,000, with winners William Buick on Space Age taking £46,687.50 for their team.

It is open to three-year old horses only and is a Class Two Heritage handicap race on the flat.

Royal Ascot King George Stakes

The history of the King George V Stakes

The King George V Stakes race was initially run in 1946 but became part of the Royal Ascot calendar of events two years later in 1948.

This race stands for trainers as one of the best opportunities to see how their lightly tested three-year olds are running and as such there is hot competition among them.

Race records

Leading trainers in recent years include Sir Michael Stoute with four winners and Mark Johnston with five. Stoute saw success with his entries in 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2008 – Double Classic, Beekeeper, Admiral and Colony.

Johnston was behind the winning horses in 1995, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2012 with his runners Diaghilef, Systematic, Fantastic Love, Linas Selection and Fennell Bay.

One of the most celebrated winners of the King George V Stakes in recent years was Brown Panther. Despite a relatively inauspicious start winning only one race in his season as a two-year-old, Brown Panther won a couple of minor races before taking victory at the King George V Stakes in 2011.

He went on that season to finish runner-up in the prestigious St Leger. Brown Panther won the Pontefract Castle Stakes for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013 and went on in 2013 to also take the Goodwood Cup. In his sixth year and final season he won the Henry II Stakes, the Ormonde Stakes and the Irish St. Leger before going on to take his biggest win yet at the Dubai Gold Cup in 2015.

The King George V Stakes regularly attracts a field well into the double figures and is widely considered to be one of the classiest Royal Ascot handicap races.

This race continues to grow in terms of stature and prestige, and it seems likely that we won’t have to wait too long to witness the early days of a modern legend such as Brown Panther once more.