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The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes

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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)

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Love conquers all in the Prince of Wales's Stakes

Love was made to dig deep to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, but she was more than up to the task. Having her first run since last year, Aidan O’Brien’s star needed all her class to prevail in the Group 1 contest.

Love was sent on early by Ryan Moore with a steady pace in the opening stages and an even gallop ensued. Rounding the turn Moore began to push away on the mare as they turned to face the home stretch. The dangers came in the form of strong-travelling Sangarius, Audarya and stablemate Armory down the straight. Sangarius flattered to deceive and fell away early. But Audarya was to provide much stiffer opposition.

Audarya came with a threatening run down the outside, that looked to the eye like a winning one. However, with every question asked, Love was able to answer. She kept pulling out just enough all the way to the line, and added a fifth Group 1 to her CV.

The win provided Aidan O’Brien with his 75th Royal Ascot winner. He looked to future targets for the mare after the race, saying: “All those races are open to her. King George (VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO)), Coral-Eclipse, and it’ll be up the lads to see what they want to do next.”

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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.

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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 £4m 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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