King George VI tips and best bets from Paddy Power experts for Saturday’s 3.35 at Ascot

Who do Paddy's pals fancy to score in the big Group 1?


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Westover and Emily Upjohn head Paddy Power’s betting for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but do either of the Classic generation get the nod from any Paddy’s pundits?

The youngsters are in receipt of plenty of weight from the rest of the field but their older rivals are a classy bunch as last year’s runner-up Mishriff attempts to go one better and Torquator Tasso, the shock winner of the 2021 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, makes his UK debut.


We also have a couple of course-and-distance winners in the pack with Broome and Pyledriver taking their chance.

With so much quality on show, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes looks like a punting puzzle to piece together. Luckily, our horse racing experts have given us their best bets and you can find their fancies plus the latest prices on our snazzy widgets below.

King George VI tips

Matt Chapman: The big one of the day in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 1m4f. Westover is the one to beat no doubt. On paper BROOME, a massive outsider, has it all to do, and it’s fair to say he has a mixed Ascot record that includes a last place in the Group 1 Long Distance Cup (slowly away) and a tame fourth of five (slowly away) behind Adayar in last year’s renewal.

However, when he hasn’t fluffed the start Broome been second of ten behind Wonderful Tonight in last year’s Hardwicke and an impressive all-the-way winner in that event in June. Aidan O’Brien’s raider does have some class form elsewhere, including a second to Yibir in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar and a fourth behind Anthony Van Dyck in the 2019 Derby when sent off at just 4-1.

Broome loves fast ground, and if he gets away on terms and is sent straight to the front he might be hard to pass under Ryan Moore. I’ll chance an upset.

Rory Delargy: WESTOVER boosted the Derby form, and looked a proper racehorse when storming away with the Irish equivalent at the Curragh, and he makes most appeal in an intriguing King George, largely because there are question marks over all of his market rivals.

Mick Fitzgerald: I love the classic generation taking on the older horses. It is a lovely race and the small field is an added plus. Westover won the Irish Derby very easily after an unlucky passage in the Epsom version. EMILY UPJOHN is the one I like in here. She was really unlucky not to win the Oaks after a stumble coming out of the stalls, which definitely cost her her chance of winning. Prior to the Oaks lots of people felt that she should have been running in the Derby anyway. I was blown away by her when she ran at York there is no doubt she is top class and, in receipt of a stone from the older horses, she has to be a player.

Timeform: Another small field for the mid-summer highlight but it’s still high on quality. WESTOVER is the obvious one after his easy win in the Irish Derby and should get the race run to suit with a strong pace to aim at. John & Thady Gosden hold a very strong hand with Emily Upjohn and Mishriff, who were both unlucky not to win the Oaks at Epsom and Eclipse at Sandown respectively.

Ruby Walsh: The big questions is, are the three year olds better than the older horses in this? Do I really trust them? Westover was very good at the Curragh but he was well beaten in the Derby and Emily Upjohn was beaten by Tuesday in the Oaks and to be honest, at the prices, I’m not really with them. I don’t think Mishriff is a 1m4f horse, I think he’s better at 1m6f which left me with TORQUATOR TASSO. I think he’s the wrong price and that’s the one I’m coming down on the side of.

Jason Weaver: With Irish Derby winner WESTOVER in receipt of 11lbs from the older horses he should be able to make his class tell late on as we know stamina is not a factor for the son of Frankel. Connections retain the faith in Colin Keane to go out and do what he finds easy – winning!

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