This weekend sees the latest revival of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, and with the former favourite Postponed ruled out due to illness, the race looks like it could be a very exciting battle indeed.
Now dueling for the coveted favourite spot at the bookies are Highland Reel and Dartmouth. Highland Reel has plenty going for him, having apparently returned to his very best form in his last outing when he came a close second to Dartmouth in the Hardwicke Stakes here at Ascot. There are excuses to be made for his second place finish, too, having been drawn wide and run hard throughout, plus his jockey lost the whip and couldn't ride him to the full.
There are plenty of people who think Highland Reel could therefore reverse that form here with a better draw and ground more suiting, and we think he's in with a strong chance of winning. The best place to back him is at BetFred, who'll give you a decent 5/2.
That said, Dartmouth, who is a late substitute for Postponed, certainly has claims on this race himself. He was a big improver last season and he looks to have carried that into this season with three straight wins, including that career-best victory over Highland Reel in the Hardwicke.
He's also two from two under jockey Olivier Peslier, and no doubt many will be willing the Queen's horse on to win the race named after her parents. The best place to back him is at StanJames, who are offering a market leading 3/1.
There's one more horse and jockey combination that we can't rule out, though, and that's Wings Of Desire under Frankie Dettori. The horse has improved dramatically since the start of the season, including landing the Dante Stakes at York. He was beaten in to fourth in the Derby but trainer GOsden believes that the ground there was too slow for him.
Ascot on Saturday may suit him better, and if anyone can get a result out of him it's Dettori. The best place to back him is at 888Sport, whose price of 4/1 is the best we've found anywhere.