2017 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Preview And Tip
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Wednesday, 4.20) is the highlight of the second day of Royal Ascot. It is a Group 1 Race run over 10-furlongs, and it is open to horses aged 4 and older.
No winner has been drawn in stalls 1 or 2
Only 1 filly has been successful
Six 4-year-olds, three 5-year-olds and one 6-year-old have been successful
6 winners had won last time out
No horse, trainer or jockey has won the race twice in the last decade
9 out of 10 winners were returned 15/2 or shorter
Improving 5-year-old who won a sub-standard Group-1 last time, but seems to relish this distance nowadays. Only has 5lb to find on official ratings with the best of these, and further improvement not ruled out.
Won the Coronation Cup last time, but this top-rated horse has a much better record at 12-furlongs, and is just 1 from 6 at this distance.
Another genuine Group1 Performer, however there are two doubts about this one, as he is arguably better at 12-furlongs, and is probably at his best on softer ground. Impressive at Meydan last time none the less, and his third in last season’s Champions Stakes behind Almanzor and Found gives him every chance.
Wins have come over 7 and 8 furlongs, and it’s hard to see him reversing form with Decorated Knight from Leopardstown last time.
The form of his last two runs suggests he may have improved this year, and he’s a danger to all on his second to Cloth Of Stars. Had finished further behind Almanzor as a three-year-old than Jack Hobbs did though.
Not proven above Group 3 standard, but worth a try having proved best at this distance.
Stayed on late to win at Sandown on seasonal reappearance and, as he’s relatively lightly-raced, he could find further improvement. Needs to though, as he was well-beaten by Highland Reel last time they met.
Looked good on seasonal debut over this trip, but was entitled to win that as easily as she did. Big step up in class here, and she will probably find easier opportunities against her own sex later in the year.
Seemed to relish coming off a fast pace in America in November but, even though he best runs have come at this distance, she still has something to find with a few of these.
Highland Reel and Jack Hobbs are both better at 12-furlongs and, though Ulysses is feared, it might be worth taking an each-way chance on Decorated Knight who has been improving rapidly at this trip, and deserves his shot at the big league.
Decorated Knight 1 Point Each-Way @ 8/1 with Black Type (the bookie who won’t hold you back)