Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Analysis
15:00 at Ascot Racecourse on 17th June
The weather could have a say in which horse claims this Group 1 contest over 10-furlongs, with Addeybb a renowned mud-lover if the rain arrives in buckets.
Former Royal Ascot winner Barney Roy has returned after a failed career at Stud but, while he would be a big danger at his best, the form of those two races at Meydan doesn’t suggest he’s as good as he once was. Headman is a horse going the other way, as he’s on the up after three wins last season, but his fifth in the Irish Champion Stakes when last seen suggests he will have needed to improve since.
Bangkok has finished behind several of today’s runners in previous races, and he was put in his place by a John Gosden-trained runner when last seen in the Winter Derby. Gosden saddles two in this, with Frankie Dettori on Mehdaayih. She may have improved since last season but will have needed to have done.
Gosden’s other runner is Lord North, who finished second over a mile at last year’s Royal Ascot Meeting but has improved over 10-furlongs since. He could go well after beating Elarqam just 10 days ago, but Dettori probably had the pick of the Gosden runners.
That’s why our tip for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes is Japan. It took him a while to come to hand last season but he made giant strides after finishing third in the Derby. He took his form to a new level with a win in the Juddmonte International and wasn’t disgraced when fourth in a soft ground Arc that stretched his stamina. He did win over further at last year’s Royal meeting but the drop in trip may suit even better this time.