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Classic generation calling the shots in this year’s Series

27 Jul 2017

Will the older generation manage to beat younger rivals in King George at Ascot on Saturday?

Lady Aurelia got the ball rolling for the three-year-olds in the King’s Stand Stakes. Picture:

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday will be the fifth time in this year’s QIPCO British Champions Series that three-year-olds have clashed with their elders – and so far they are definitely getting the best of the argument.

Lady Aurelia was the only three-year-old among 17 runners in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot but the brilliant American-trained filly won easily at 7-2.

The first five home in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket were three-year-olds, while the ten-runner Darley July Cup featured a trio of three-year-olds – with Harry Angel taking the honours for them.

The only race the older generation have landed was the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown this month, in which Ulysses, a four-year-old, prevailed by a nose from the Classic generation’s Barney Roy.

Of the 10 runners in the King George, two are three-year-olds: Enable and Benbatl.