Last year’s race
- Winner: Primitivo
- Jockey: William Twiston-Davies
- Trainer: A King
- Owner: N Farrell, L Field, T Mellor & B Cogne
- Age: 3 Weight: 9st 3lb
- Starting Price: 13/2
- Season Form Figures: 11
- Previous Best: 1st - Handicap race, Sandown (May 2016)
With two-thirds of the last 24 winners failing to win as a two-year-old, we should be looking towards the later-developing types in this three-year-old handicap over 1m4f and preferably from one of the higher-profile yards. The more lightly-raced the individual, the more interested we should be and also respect the value of a good run last time out as 26 of the last 28 winners either won or finished placed on their most recent start. Four of the last 11 winners had won a handicap at Sandown.
Also, don’t be put off by maidens. The 66/1 winner, Cosmic Sun, eight years ago was a maiden as was Heron Bay when scoring on his handicap debut in 2007 after three defeats in maidens whilst the 1999 winner, Elmutabaki, was beaten in four maidens before winning on his first start in a handicap.
With two-thirds of the last 24 winners failing to win as a two-year-old, we should be looking towards the later-developing types.
Trainers with a proven track record in this race are Sir Michael Stoute, Mark Johnston and John Gosden – in fact they have won 11 of the last 24 runnings between them. Of that triumvirate, it is Sir Michael Stoute’s record that most catches the eye having recorded four victories in the last 18 years including a 1-2 in 2004 and last season’s runner-up. From 44 runners in the King George V Handicap since 1995, Mark Johnston has struck five times and he has also supplied three close-up placed runners whilst John Gosden also commands respect as from his last 14 runners stretching back to 1993, he has notched up two winners, a second and two thirds. Roger Charlton’s contenders also deserve a second look as his Source Of Light took the honours in 1992 and, since then, three of his other six runners have also made the frame.
Favourites didn't have an especially good record up until Colony’s success nine years ago with just one obliging in between when Carlingford won in 1989 but Brown Panther justified 4/1 favouritism in style six years ago winning by six lengths and it was the 4/1 joint-favourites, Elite Army and Windshear, who fought out the finish three years ago. A good place to go winner hunting has been in the 13/2-14/1 bracket, an area that has been responsible for 17 of the last 26 winners.
At a glance summary
- The more lightly-raced the better
- Won a Sandown handicap
- Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Mark Johnston, John Gosden or Roger Charlton
- Likely to start between 13/2 and 14/1
- Won a Sandown handicap
- Finished outside the first three last time out