The Prince of Wales Stakes (Wednesday 4.20) is the headline race on the second day of Royal Ascot, and in 1862 it was named after the then Prince of Wales, who would later go on to be crowned King Edward VII. However, it was not until the year 2000 that the race was elevated to Group-1 Status, and became open to horses aged 4 and older.
Of the trainers with runners this year, John Gosden and Aidan O’Brien have both won it once, whilst Frankie Dettori (3 times) and William Buick (once) are the only jockeys in the field to have won the race before.
There are only 6 runners set to go to post, and what’s special about this year’s race is the fact that the market is headed by Japanese raider A Shin Hikari – officially the world’s highest-rated racehorse.
A Shin Hikari
The world’s highest-rated racehorse should eat these for breakfast if he turns-up in the same form as when destroying the Group-1 opposition in France last month. However, if he is to win this prestigious race then he must become the first non-European horse to triumph here, and be the first Japanese horse to win in England since Lily Agnes won the 2000 running of the July Cup.
My Dream Boat
Dual Group-3 winner who showed he handled soft conditions when winning in France last year, and he was particularly impressive in beating Western Hymn giving him 3lb and a 1 ½ length beating. Went to France for the same Group-1 as A Shin Hikari after that – and was beaten over 14-lengths into fifth.
The Grey Gatsby
Has a Dante, a French Derby and an Irish Champion Stakes on his CV, and was narrowly beaten in last year’s renewal. However, he comes here without a prep-run this year, and has not been at his best on soft ground before.
Won the All-Weather Derby in 2015, and also won a weak Group-1 in Meydan this year. Could manage only third behind Japanese raider Real Steel in better-class Group-1 afterwards, and that horse isn’t rated anywhere near as good as the favourite.
Should handle the soft conditions, but only third in this last year, and fourth in the previous year’s Champion Stakes. Held by The Grey Gatsby and My Dream Boat – tough ask.
Her Marcel Bousaac Win at two, and Breeders Cup Win at three stamp her as a true Grouo-1 performer, but she does seem to be at her peak in the Autumn. Runner-up behind Postponed and fascinating Rock so far this season, and vulnerable to A Shin Hikari if he really is as good as he looked in France.
Prince Of Wales Stakes Summary
If the Real Shin Hikari turns-up then even 4/6 is probably good value. However, those seeking bigger odds may want to put him in a forecast to beat Found.