Pyledriver pulls off surprise King George win as favourites tail off

By: Greg Wood at Ascot Sunday 24 July 2022
  • Torquator Tasso beaten by nearly three lengths at Ascot
  • PJ McDonald on winner in place of usual jockey Martin Dwyer

Two of the more unlikely racing journeys of recent years converged here on Saturday as Pyledriver and PJ McDonald, 18-1 outsiders in a six-strong field, powered home two and three-quarter lengths clear of Torquator Tasso, last year’s Arc winner, in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Pyledriver was bred by his three owners from La Pyle, who was bought to race over hurdles but failed to win any of her four jump starts for Philip Hobbs.

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