The 1990 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes was a horse race held at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 28 July 1990. It was the 40th running of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
The winner was Sheikh Mohammed's Belmez, a three-year-old bay colt trained at Newmarket, Suffolk by Henry Cecil and ridden by Mick Kinane. Belmez's victory gave his owner, trainer and jockey their first win in the race.
1990 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Wikipedia
The race attracted a field of eleven runners, ten trained in the United Kingdom and one trained in France. The only French challenger was the favourite In The Wings, the winner of the Coronation Cup and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. In The Wings' owner, Sheikh Mohammed, was represented by two runners trained in England by Henry Cecil: Old Vic, the winner of the Prix du Jockey Club and Irish Derby in 1989 and Belmez, the winner of the Chester Vase. Other leading contenders were Cacoethes, who had been narrowly beaten by Nashwan in the previous year's King George who was accompanied by his pacemaker Limeburn and Terimon, who had finished second in the 1989 Epsom Derby and won the Earl of Sefton Stakes. The other runners included Sapience (Ebor Handicap, Princess of Wales's Stakes), Assatis (Gran Premio del Jockey Club, Hardwicke Stakes) and Legal Case (Champion Stakes). In The Wings headed the betting at odds of 3/1 ahead of Old Vic (4/1) and Cacoethes (11/2) with Belmez and Terimon on 15/2.
Old Vic was sent into the lead by his jockey Steve Cauthen and set the pace from Limeburn. He maintained his advantage into the straight where he led from Belmez, Cacoethes, Assatis and In The Wings. Belmez took the lead with two furlongs to run but Old Vic rallied on the inside and the closing stages developed into a prolonged struggle between the two Henry-Cecil trained colts. Belmez prevailed by a neck, with Assatis finishing strongly to take third, a length and a half behind Old Vic. Cacoethes finished fourth ahead of In The Wings, Terimon and Charmer. There were long gaps back to Husyan and Sapience, with Legal Case and Limeburn bringing up the rear.Sponsor: De Beers
Purse: £464,025; First prize: £284,715
Going: Good to Firm
Distance: 12 furlongs
Number of runners: 11
Winner's time: 2:30.76
Abbreviations: nse = nose; nk = neck; shd = head; hd = head; dist = distance; UR = unseated rider
Further details of the winner, BelmezSex: Colt
Foaled: 11 January 1987
Country: United States
Sire: El Gran Senor; Dam: Grace Note (Top Ville)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed
Breeder: Darley Stud