Horse Racing Tip: Back Idaho and Desert Encounter to upset the betting odds in King George VI Stakes

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King George Betting Tips:

IDAHO – Each Way at 13/2 with Sun Bets (Top Bet)

DESERT ENCOUNTER – Each Way at 20/1 with
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Ascot racecourse will host one of the most important middle distance Group 1 contests in the world on Saturday afternoon.

Aidan O’Brien’s Highland Reel heads the King George betting market at around 7/4 (2.75) to follow up his success in this race last year and indeed continue an outstanding season thus far, having won the Coronation Cup at Epsom and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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Highland Reel is a horse that has won and competed in Group 1 races all over the globe and is known mostly for his cast iron nature and ability to take on all comers at any track, any time over distances ranging from ten to twelve furlongs.

The one downside to Highland Reel is that he must have good ground or better, and that is enough to take a view against him on Saturday.

The weather forecast in the coming days doesn’t lend itself well to a follow up bid, let alone a follow up win for Highland Reel. If the rain expected does come, there will be sufficient amount of moisture in the ground to make Highland Reel a hugely risky betting proposition.

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John Gosden’s dual Oaks winner Enable has been on a real tear and on the back of a devastating victory at Epsom in June, she followed up with a flawless effort in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh two weeks ago.

That day, the manner of her victory appeared to set her out as a horse that will be extremely difficult to beat in any race, especially in receipt of her age and sex allowance. Not only that, Enable does handle cut in the ground.

The negative is, she has been strongly supported in the market and is now a pretty short price and the question is, can she resume the same level of form against the older boys. With the above information in mind, it might pay to take a view against the top of the market.

Highland Reel’s brother Idaho can be backed each way at odds of 13/2 with Sun Bets and 6/1 generally to run a big race.

Having disappointed in the aforementi   ned Coronation Cup at Epsom, Aidan O’Brien’s improving four-year-old followed up by grinding out a solid victory in the 1m4f Group 2 Harwick Stakes at Royal Ascot.

That effort was a jump forward for this horse and he could easily improve again with that confidence boosting victory in the locker. The ground is a bit of a concern for him, but his style of racing lends itself to him handling it better than Highland Reel, who needs to be ridden prominently. Idaho will be in no big rush to set this race up for the others and physically he is still developing, so it would be folly to rule him out of this equation.

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David Simcock is keeping his fingers crossed that the rain does come and the ground is as testing as possible at Ascot on Saturday to give Desert Encounter the best chance of causing an upset in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The five-year-old is a general 20/1 outsider for this prestigious Group 1 race having produced a career-best performance to finish third in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown at the start of the month in his first attempt in Group 1 company.

Simcock said this week: “It’s been the owner’s plan for a while. I’d love it if it came up soft as it would inconvenience a few of the others and we know he goes through it.” At big odds of 20/1, he completes the por duo of King George betting tips for 2017.

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