Preview: Kings Stand Stakes (Race Info, Race Video, Race Result 2018)
The 2019 King’s Stand Stakes field is headlined by Charlie Appleby's Blue Point and Battaash, who dominate the market for the 2019 renewal.
Mabs Cross was just a neck behind Battaash in third that day who gained a deserved success in the Prix de l’Abbaye on her final start that season. She proved better than ever when defying a penalty on her return in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket. The stiffer track here will be in her favour, but she looks likely to prove vulnerable for win purposes once again.
Alpha Delphini, gained a first Group One success at the age of seven in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York last August.
Equilateral and Sergei Prokofiev finished second and fourth, respectively, behind Mabs Cross in the Palace House last time, with the former seemingly suited by the drop back to five furlongs in a strongly-run race. Even then he possibly did too much too soon, and this stablemate of Battaash could have a big one in him if learning to channel his energy correctly, having always been held in high regard by connections.
The international raiders, Houtzen and Imprimis, for all that both have plenty to find on bare form. The former is established as smart as in her native Australia, having finished close-up in a pair of Group Ones towards the end of 2018, while Imprimis can boast a fine strike rate in the US with seven wins from nine starts, the latest of which came when beating Royal Ascot regular Bound For Nowhere in a Grade 2 at Keeneland.
Runner List 2019:
1. Battaash (J: Jim Crowley T: Charles Hills), 2. Blue Point (J: James Doyle T: Charlie Appleby ), 3. Enzo's Lad (J: David Egan T: Michael & Matthew Pitman, Equilateral (J: James Mcdonald ,t: Charles Hills) , 4. Imprimis (J: Frankie Dettori ,T: Joseph F. Orseno), 5. Judicial (T: Julie Camacho) ,6. St Patrick's Day (T: Aidan O'brien, Ireland), 7. Houtzen (J: Kerrin Mcevoy ,T: Toby Edmonds,jockey Silks , 8. mabs Cross (J: Paul Mulrennan ,T: Michael Dods) , 9. All The King's Men (T: Aidan O'brien), 10. Sergei Prokofiev (T: Aidan O'brien)