Five brilliant King George-wining fillies

Sun 30 Jul 2017

By staff

The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes was founded back in 1951 and the Ascot midsummer feature is usually dominated by colts. So it takes a filly of some class and stature to take the prestigious prize, as Enable brilliantly demonstrated under Frankie Dettori. John Gosden was quick to mention Dahlia and Pawneese in his post-race debrief so we picked out five to have etched their names on the illustrious roll of honour:


The Noel Murless-trained four-year-old broke the mould by becoming the first filly to win the King George since its inception in 1951. She gave a career-best display to defeat the subsequent St Leger winner Sodium by half a length after being driven by Lester Piggott to take a two-length lead early in the straight.

PARK TOP (1969)

The Bernard Van Cutsem-trained mare was only the second five-year-old to land the King George when she justified owner the Duke of Devonshire's decision to keep her in training and make up for an unlucky defeat in the Eclipse Stakes. Piggott replaced Geoff Lewis who had been in the saddle at Sandown and there was no doubting this result as she landed a cosy length-and-a-half success over outsider Crozier.

DAHLIA (1973-74)

The first dual winner of the race, Dahlia was a tough cookie and a testament to the talents of French trainer Maurice Zilber as she had lifted the Irish Oaks just a week earlier for the first of those historic triumphs. She won by six lengths that day and won easily again the following year from the Queen's filly Highclere. Dahila went for the hat-trick in 1975 and was far from disgraced in taking minor honours behind Grundy and Bustino in the what was voted the race of the century.


The Angel Penna-trained three-year-old won all her six starts in a Classic season that saw her lift the English and French Oaks that were just over a week apart. At Ascot she defeated colts of different generations when making all the running under Yves Saint-Martin to comfortably account for 1975 St Leger hero Bruni.


The summer of 2014 belonged to Taghrooda as she stamped herself as a top-class filly by following up her Epsom Oaks triumph with a convincing win in the all-aged middle-distance championship. There was nothing to touch John Gosden's runner at Ascot and she easily brushed aside Hardwicke winner Telescope and Mukhadram, who had previously taken the Coral-Eclipse.

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