Murtagh sent Novellist
into the lead two out and the four-year-old pulled clear in the final furlong to trounce Trading Leather (9-2) by five lenghts.
We had a German winner of the race 12 months ago and it would be no surprise if Novellist
wrote another chapter in the history of this great race.
Earlier events in the festival have seen crime writer Val McDermid, best-selling historial novellist
Tracey Chevalier and comedian Jeremy Hardy appearing in Hexham's Queen's Hall, while today will see Ian Rankin, author of the hugely popular Rebus crime novels, in a sold-out event.
Johnny Murtagh celebrates after riding Novellist
to win The King George VI Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last summer
King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winners: Alamshar 2003, Dylan Thomas 2007, Duke Of Marmalade 2008, Novellist
She saw off strong opposition in the Horse of the Year category from Sky Lantern, Moonlight Cloud, Novellist
and Al Kazeem and upstaged high-class horses such as Sky Lantern, Just The Judge, Chicquita, and Talent in the Three-Year-Old Filly category.
Andreas Wohler's classy King George scorer Novellist
has been retired to stud in Japan.
he lost nothing in defeat when second to Novellist
in the King George, beating hillstar, and positive tactics in york''''s long straight may see him prevail.
TRAINER Jim Bolger may have had to settle for the runner-up spot behind Novellist
in the big race at Ascot yesterday, but there was no second best for his star champion apprentice Ronan Whelan who rode his first four-timer for his boss closer to home at Wexford.
GERMANY'S grasp on the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes was extended in staggering fashion as Novellist
shaved more than two seconds off the Ascot course record.
DANEDREAM claimed a first German success in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes last year and Novellist
can make it back-to-back victories this term.
Kate Hamer is preparing for a storm of adulation