King George Qatar Stakes – Racing Tips’ 1-2-3

King George Qatar Stakes – Friday 29th July 

The feature contest on day 4 of the Goodwood Festival is the King George Qatar Stakes and here at Racing Tips, we have provided our 1-2-3 for the Group 2 contest which you can check out below, alongside a special new customer offer from Kwiff, where you can grab £20 in Free Bets!

1. Acklam Express 7/1

The Group 2 King George Qatar Stakes can go the way of Nigel Tinkler’s ACKLAM EXPRESS, who ran a huge race at 200/1 in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot last month and can hopefully end his two-year search for a victory off the back of that excellent performance in defeat. 

Despite his lengthy odds last time out, Nigel Tinkler’s sprinter ran right up to his best in the Group 1 contest. Tracking the leaders throughout, the four-year-old stuck to his task willingly as the pace quickened and while he ultimately had no answer for Chris Waller’s Australian superstar Nature Strip, Acklam Express finished strongly for third and was beaten just a head by Henry Candy’s progressive sprinter Twilight Calls. 

With his sights slightly lower on Friday afternoon, it would be no surprise to see Acklam Express bounce back to winning ways if turning up in similar form at Goodwood and while many see him as a risky proposition given his profile, its worth noting that he has an impressive course and distance victory to his name and the return to this venue could be just what he needs. 

Acklam Express (light green) ran a huge race at Royal Ascot last month and can return to winning ways in Friday’s feature contest.

2. Mitbaahy 4/1

Roger Varian’s colt MITBAAHY has made giant strides this season and remains a sprinter firmly on the up for top connections. 

The son of Profitable made a pleasing return to action back in April when finishing second behind Kevin Ryan’s Boonie at Nottingham. Beaten just three parts of a length on that occasion, Mitbaahy built on that effort and returned to winning ways with a comfortable success at Hamilton on his following start in May. Following up in impressive fashion in Listed company at Sandown in June, Roger Varian’s three-year-old returned over course and distance when stepped up into Group 3 company for just the second time in his career earlier this month and was desperately unlucky not to land the hat-trick in the Coral Charge.

Beaten just a neck at the line by the in-form Raasel, Mitbaahy endured a troubled passage towards the far side rail on that occasion and was ultimately unable to reel in Mick Appleby’s runner who got first run on him. Granted better luck in running on Friday afternoon, it would be no surprise to see Roger Varian’s charge turn the tables with Mick Appleby’s five-year-old and it’s surely only a matter of time before Mitbaahy makes his mark at Pattern level. 

Mitbaahy (centre) can continue to progress this season for trainer Roger Varian.

3. Raasel 4/1

Trainer Mick Appleby has often thrived with new recruits who make the move to his yard and that has certainly been the case with RAASEL, who has been transformed under his care and continues to improve with each start. 

Switched to the turf in September last year, Raasel’s form on track simply took off for new connections, landing an apprentice handicap at Goodwood off 73 before flying through the grades towards the end of the year to rack up a remarkable five-timer at Nottingham from a 13lb higher mark. 

Fifth on his seasonal reappearance at Musselburgh back in April, it appeared as if Raasel had reached his ceiling, however, the five-year-old continued to defy the handicapper and soon regained the winning thread, landing another course and distance success at Goodwood towards the end of April before recently stepping up in class to register career wins eight and nine in Listed and Group 3 company at Haydock and Sandown.

Unbeaten over course and distance, Mick Appleby’s progressive sprinter is certainly worth his place in Group 2 company on Friday afternoon and although this is his biggest test to date, there is no reason to suggest that he won’t run his race and another bold bid looks assured from Mick Appleby’s five-year-old. 

Raasel (centre) wins The Coral Charge ahead of Mitbaahy.