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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.
My Dream Boat ran even better in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on his latest start, finishing two lengths fourth to Zarak, but could only plug on when a distant seventh to Enable in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
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