Prince Of Waless 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.
JOCKEY & TRAINER
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).