The Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (Thursday 13 July, 3.35) is a Group 2 Race run over 12-furlongs of Newmarket’s July Course. It is open to horses aged 3 or older, and has been a Group 2 since 1978. It’s most famous winners include Big Orange, Lucarno, Millenary, Shantou, Carroll House and Unfuwain.
4-year-olds have won 7 of the last 10 renewals, with the other winners being aged 5, 6 and 8
7 of the last 10 winners have been drawn in stalls 1 to 4
SPs have ranged from 3/1 to 25/1
Sir Michael Stoute has trained 4 of the last 10 winners, and has saddled 9 winners in all
Ryan Moore has ridden Michael Stoute’s last 4 winners
Group 3 winner last September, who was runner-up at that level on his seasonal appearance. Fallen short in Group 1 Races, but might not be too far away at this level.
Holds a favourite’s chance if the form of his second behind Highland Reel in the Coronation Stakes can be taken at face value, but slightly worrying that the horses who finished behind him that day have done little to boost the form, whilst he is yet to win outside of handicap company. Is 2 from 2 at Newmarket though.
Very useful when the ground is soft, but probably needs those conditions to be competitive here. Finished well-behind Frontiersman in the Coronation Stakes and William Buick, who rode him there, now rides Frontiersman.
Group 3 winner in April, but has fallen way short of Group 2 class in 2 attempts since. Those two runs were too bad to be true, but still had to put your faith in him here.
Another who is yet to win out of handicap company, but looked sure to improve for a step up to 12-furlongs when beaten a neck by the more than useful Deauville at Chester last time, who has since finished third in two decent Group 1 contests. Ryan Moore takes the ride for Sir Michael Stoute.
Won an average Ormonde Stakes earlier in the season, but well-beaten at this level since. Frankie Dettori also prefers Wings Of Desire.
Wings Of Desire
Entitled to need his comeback run when fifth at Royal Ascot, but arguably boasts the best two bits of form. The first of those was when winning last season’s Dante (beat Deauville a neck), and the second when beaten just over a length by Highland Reel in last season’s King George. A repeat of either of those two runs would give him every chance.
The Appleby, Stoute and Gosden stables are all in good form, and this should be a decent contest between Frontiersman, Poet’s Word and Wings Of Desire. However, with Appleby yet to win the race, and Gosden not having won it since 1997, Poet’s Word is fancied to give Sir Michael Stoute his tenth win in the race.
Poet’s Word : Win @ 7/2 Bet365 or William Hill