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The build-up tio the 2016 edition of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes centred around Japanese star A Shin Hikari, the highest-rated world in the horse.
He fluffed his lines, though, and instead it was My Dream Boat, the outsider of the six-runner field, who stole the show in the QIPCO British Champions Series feature.
In a pulsating finish, the Clive Cox-trained four-year-old edged out Found by a neck. Some effort by a horse who had won a handicap off a mark of 76 little more than a year earlier.
My Dream Boat had previously finished fifth on his Group One debut, beaten around 14 lengths by A Shin Hikari in the Prix D’Ispahan.
Cox said he never got in a rhythm that day but, even so, few expected the dramatic reversal in form a few weeks later.
My Dream Boat seeked to follow up his Royal Ascot triumph in the Coral-Eclipse but could never land a blow, finishing fifth to Hawkbill. Cox felt the race came too soon for him.
He ran much better when fifth to Almanzor in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown – the race included eight Group One winners – and then when fourth in the QIPCO British Champion Stakes, at Ascot in October.
He began his 2017 campaign with a creditable keeping-on third to Ulysses in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown and then, upped to 1m4f, chased home Hawkbill in the Al Rayyan Stakes at Newbury.
My Dream Boat is well served by some give underfoot.
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