2nd Aug 2018 | Horse Racing

King George Stakes: Battaash

Has run two huge speed figures this season but was caught out by Ascot's stiff finish. The easier 5f at Goodwood is in his favour.

Battaash has won 50% of his starts over the minimum trip and anything odds-against is an attractive bet. Make no doubt Charlie Hills has a classy 4-year-old in his ranks and one that is capable of putting up some huge speed ratings.

Battaash put up a big speed figure when winning the Temple Stakes on his return from wind surgery and he ran another massive race in defeat in the King’s Stand, when possibly going off a fraction too hard. A combination of a very strong gallop and stiff track found him out at Ascot but Goodwood’s sharper 5f plays to his strengths.

Twelve months ago Battaash demolished a decent field by 2.25 lengths and although the opposition are slightly stronger I expect him to run out the winner again. Only four horses have got the better of Battaash since the start of 2017 and I cannot see anything beating him here.

1pt Battaash to win Evens with Bet365
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Odds correct at time of publishing: 17:25 2nd Aug, 2018 but subject to change