Royal Ascot 2019 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Preview
The 2019 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Wednesday 19 June, 3.40) is the big Group 1 Race on the second day of Royal Ascot. The race takes place on the Round Course over 10-furlongs and it is open to horses aged four and older.
It was established in 1862 and high-profile winners this century include Dubai Millennium, Nayef, and Ouija Board, whilst the 2018 winner was Poet’s Word for trainer Sir Michael Stoute.
Check out our 10-year-trends, runner-by-runner guide, and free tip for the 2019 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.
Prince Of Wales’s Stakes 10-Year-Trends
The last 10 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes winners have been comprised of five 4-year-olds, four 5-year-olds, and one 6-year-old. The draw hasn’t shown any great bias, with horses drawn as low as stall-one and as high as stall-nine.
Nine of the last 10 editions have been won by colts or geldings, whilst The Fugue was the only winner for the girls in the last decade. Six winners had won their previous race, but the other had finished second, third, seventh, and nowhere. Six winners had run in between 19 and 27 days earlier, with the others returning to the track after absences of 52, 81, 81, and 242 days.
Aidan O’Brien has trained two winners in the last decade, whilst Sir Michael Stoute and Andre Fabre are the only other trainers with runners to have won the race in the last 10 years. James Doyle is the only jockey to ride two winners in this period, with Ryan Moore the only other jockey in the race to have claimed the prize.
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Prince Of Wales’s Stakes 2019 Runner-By-Runner Guide
Sir Michael Stoute trained five-year-old that comes into the meeting having won his two races this season, just as he did last season when landing the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes. However, despite his rating of 125, he has only finished second in his previous two runs in Group 1 company. He should be difficult to keep out of the frame, but he faces two fillies that could be very good, and he’s probably better over 12-furlongs.
Seven-year-old who is a grand servant for his connections, and he won a big race in Canada last season. However, he’s failed to win any of his previous seven runs in Group 1 company in England and he finished last of seven runners in the 2018 edition of this race.
Won a Group 3 at the 2018 Royal Ascot Meeting but he hasn’t won since. Yet to make much of an impression in Group 1 company and needs the return to Ascot to spark some serious improvement if he’s to prove more than a potential pacemaker for Aidan O’Brien’s other runner Magical.
Won four group races last year and, but they were all over 12-furlongs, as was his close up fourth in the Prix de ‘Arc de Triomphe behind Enable and the re-opposing Sea Of Class. However, he looked like he could be an improved horse this year when an impressive winner on his seasonal debut over 10½ furlongs, with two decent horses well-behind. French trainer Andre Fabre won the race in 2007 and 2009 and, the fact he’s not had a runner in the race since, could be a big tip in itself.
Lightly-raced six-year-old that has looked an improved performer this season over nine-furlongs including when winning a Group 1 last time. However, he didn’t look to be crying out for an extra furlong there and Waldgeist beat the runner-up by much further when they met.
Rare Japanese runner, who has won a group 1, but she hasn’t been in the best of form on her last few starts. That leaves her with a bit to find with the principals but, interestingly, she’s sired by Harbinger, who was a spectacular winner of the King George at Ascot.
Impressive winner of the Group 1 Fillies and Mares on Champions Day and ran another cracker at the Breeders’ Cup when second behind Enable, with Waldgeist back in fifth. She’s already won three group races this season and, though this is much tougher, she looks the one to beat at this distance.
Sea Of Class
Won two Listed Races over 10-furlongs last year before looking even more impressive when winning two Group 1 races over 12 furlongs. She then looked unlucky not to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, when just failing to reel in Enable in the closing stages under today’s jockey James Doyle. The negatives include the drop back in trip to 10-furlongs, whilst her well-being has to be taken on trust on her seasonal debut.
Prince Of Wales’s Stakes 2019 Summary
Hunting Horn is the lowest-rated of this year’s eight runners and could be a pacemaker for Magical. Japanese raider Deirdre also has a bit to find on official ratings, whilst Desert Encounter has struggled at this level so far. Zabeel Prince could be improving but nine-furlongs could prove his optimum trip.
Crystal Ocean is better than a Group 2 horse, but he still has to bridge the gap to Group 1 level, and he may be better at 12-furlongs. Sea Of Class has also looked better at 12-furlongs, and she’ll have to be the superstar connections think she is to win at this trip on her seasonal debut.
Magical looks the right favourite, as 10-furlongs looks her ideal trip and she’s race-fit after three easy wins this year. But the each-way bet looks to be Waldgeist, who could take this if there was no fluke about his scintillating seasonal debut win in the Group 1 Prix Ganay. The fact Andre Fabre runs him here suggests his trainer thinks he’s up to this class.
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