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Prince of Wales's Stakes 2021 Racecard

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes – part of the British Champions Series – is a Group 1 race run over a mile and a quarter on Day Two of Royal Ascot, the Wednesday. The race is open to four-year-olds and upwards.

4:20 Wed 16 Jun PRINCE OF WALES'S STAKES

Distance: 9f 212y Age: 4yo + Prize: £396,970 Going: Firm

Analyst's Verdict

ARMORY made an impressive return when landing the Huxley Stakes at Chester and, while he has a small amount to find with Love and Lord North at the weights, he has a fitness edge over that pair, so he gets the marginal vote in what should be a fascinating renewal. Audarya isn't a forlorn hope, either.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. ARMORY (IRE)
J: Seamie Heffernan
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
4
9-0
Third in Irish Champion last season and looked as good as ever when easily landing the Huxley Stakes at Chester on return. Big player with even more to come.
2
jockey silks 2. DESERT ENCOUNTER (IRE)
J: Andrea Atzeni
T: David Simcock
9
9-0
Smart gelding who has returned with a couple of respectable seconds this year but he's out of his depth in Group 1 company.
3
jockey silks 3. LORD NORTH (IRE)
J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
5
9-0
High-class gelding who won this last year and produced a big effort to land the Dubai Turf at Meydan 81 days ago. Likely to have been lined up for this, so boasts obvious claims.
4
jockey silks 4. MY OBERON (IRE)
J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
4
9-0
Took form to another level when winning Group 3 in good style at Newmarket on return and back to form when third in Group 1 at Lonchamp 17 days ago. Needs to improve if he's to compete in this.
5
jockey silks 5. SANGARIUS
J: C. T. Keane
T: Sir Michael Stoute
5
9-0
Has long since looked a classy type and, having landed a listed event at Lingfield in December, returned with a pleasing second of 4 in Huxley Stakes at Chester. Disappointing at Sandown subsequently.
6
jockey silks 6. AUDARYA (FR)
J: William Buick
T: James Fanshawe
5
8-11
Smart filly who was last seen landing the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Keenland 7 months ago. Might not have finished improving but race-fitness is a concern.
7
jockey silks 7. LOVE (IRE)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
4
8-11
Developed into a high-class filly last season, unbeaten in the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks. 10-month absence an obvious concern but she has the most class in this field.

Betting Forecast : 15/8 1.87 LOVE, 85/40 2.12 LORD NORTH, 7/2 3.5 ARMORY, 18/1 18 AUDARYA, 28/1 28 MY OBERON, 33/1 33 SANGARIUS, 80/1 80 DESERT ENCOUNTER

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes has existed in its current form since 1968 and was given Group 2 status when the pattern race system was introduced in 1971. It was promoted to a Group 1 race in 2000, since then it has been open to older horses only.

The race is the most important middle-distance contest of the Royal meeting for older horses and is a chance to compete amongst themselves at Group 1 level before races like the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown and the Juddmonte International at York later in the summer, for which three-year-olds are also eligible.

The outstanding Dubai Millennium was an eight-length winner in 2000 on what proved to be his final start, while other notable winners include dual winner Mtoto in 1987 and 1988, former 1000 Guineas winner Bosra Sham in 1997 and former Oaks winner Ouija Board in 2006. Mtoto went on to win the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes back at Ascot after winning the Prince of Wales for the second time, as have several others since, including the 2018 winner Poet’s Word.

The leading trainers in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes since 1978 are Sir Henry Cecil, Saeed bin Suroor and John Gosden with four winners apiece. Sir Henry Cecil’s four winners were Gunner B (1978), Perpendicular (1992), Placerville (1993) and Bosra Sham (1997). Saeed bin Suroor’s four winners were Faithful Son (1998), Dubai Millennium (2000), Fantastic Light (2001) and Grandera (2002). Whilst John Gosden trained Muhtarram (1994, 1995), The Fugue (2014) and Lord North (2020).

The leading jockeys in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes since 1978 are Willie Carson and Pat Eddery, with four winners. Willie Carson’s four winners in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes were Ela-Mana-Mou (1980), Morcon (1984) and Muhtarram (1994 and 1995). Pat Eddery’s four winners in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes were English Spring (1986), Two Timing (1989), Batshoof (1990) and Placerville (1993).

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