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The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes

3.00pm Ascot

MD
  • Distance 1m 2f
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £750,000

History

Run at Ascot over 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,000 metres), the Prince of Wales’s Stakes is the third middle-distance race in the QIPCO British Champions Series calendar, following the Investec Coronation Cup and Investec Derby. The race, established in 1862, failed to reappear when racing resumed after World War II. The reason? There was no Prince of Wales at the time. With Prince Charles’s investiture imminent, however, it reappeared in 1968.

In 2000 the race was restricted to four-year-olds or older (prior to that, three-year-olds had been eligible to run) and upgraded to Group 1 status. In that very first running of the race as a top level contest, it was won by a true superstar, Dubai Millennium.

Sheikh Mohammed, the colt’s owner, renamed him once his potential on the training grounds became clear and he lived up to all the hype with a performance of searing brilliance.

He came home eight lengths clear of his nearest pursuer, but rather like Harbinger following his similarly devastating victory in the 2010 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair), injury prevented Dubai Millennium from running again.

The French have an excellent recent record in the race, having sent over Byword (2010), Vision D’Etat (2008) and Manduro (2007).

Current leading jockeys: Frankie Dettori, 4 wins (2001, 2002, 2011, 2019)

Current leading trainer: Saeed bin Suroor, 4 wins (1998, 2000-2), Sir Michael Stoute, 4 wins (1981, 1991, 2018, 2019)

Previous winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Prize money

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Lord North takes command under delighted Doyle

Lord North came of age as he stormed to Prince of Wales’s Stakes glory.

The four-year-old Dubawi gelding, owned by HH Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Racing, struck for trainer John Gosden and was ridden by James Doyle.

The seven-strong field entered the final furlong virtually in a line across the course, but Lord North, sent off at 5/1, demonstrated an outstanding turn of foot to come home comfortably by three and three-quarters lengths from Addeybb.

 

 

Gosden said: “Lord North was gelded (after 2019 spring campaign), he needed to be. He was tormenting himself. Testosterone is the most dangerous drug in the world, and he is a lovely horse to be around now.

This boy just became aggressive at the gate and was becoming a danger to himself, let alone others.

“Lord North has a lovely character now. He has got better and better. He is very powerful and, for a gelding, he has a great body to him. I was looking at the race and talking to Peter [Shoemark, John Gosden’s Racing Office Manager] and I thought this race was winnable for Lord North, so at 9:55am we put him – it was very late.

“I was toying between this race and the Listed Wolferton under a penalty as you want to have a winner at Royal Ascot. I said no, let’s go for this.”

Doyle said: “I think when John [Gosden] takes a horse into a race like this, you do have to prick your ears. Obviously, Lord North looked quite unexposed coming into it and he has gone through his grades. He won the Brigadier Gerard nicely up at Haydock but looked to get a bit tired, and John said he’d definitely improved a lot for that run. Going into this, the vibes were all pretty confident from Mr Gosden’s camp.”

William Haggas, trainer of the second Addeybb, said: “I am very proud of Addeybb today – he has run a great race. I am not saying if the race had been run on softer ground [he would have won], but he is better on softer ground. He always tries his heart out and has run a solid race again.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said of the third Barney Roy: “Barney Roy has run another solid race and, if you take the winner out, there is not much between the rest of them.”

Results

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The Course

British horseracing can lay claim to plenty of blue-blooded connections, but none rival those of Ascot. The Berkshire racecourse’s roots go back 300 years to Queen Anne, who recognised the potential of a stretch of heath land while out riding just a few miles from Windsor Castle.

  • Course plan Ascot Champions Day Course Plan#
  • Course Intro

The royal link has endured ever since. Today, Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family attend the world-famous ‘Royal Ascot’ meeting each year, arriving in a horse drawn carriage. Royal Ascot, meanwhile, has earned iconic status as a centrepiece of the social calendar, when the world’s best thoroughbreds face fierce competition from the world’s most extravagant fashion designs.

Ascot, which underwent a £200 million redevelopment between 2004-6, also hosts the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO in July, the most prestigious open-age Flat race staged in Britain.

It will also host the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day in October which will be the richest raceday ever staged in Britain with over £4.2m in prize money and the climax to the QIPCO British Champions Series.  Including the five category finales on QIPCO British Champions Day, Ascot stages no less than 13 of the 35 QIPCO British Champions Series races.

What sort of horses like Ascot? Horses that like right-handed courses. And what sort of people? People who like champagne and scones, apparently. During the five-day Royal Ascot meeting in 2010, 60,000 bottles of champagne and 40,000 scones were consumed. Lobsters, meanwhile, don’t like Royal Ascot – 1,500 of them were eaten over that same period.

Getting there

Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 7JX

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