Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Ascot) Betting Tips & Preview – Wednesday 21st June 2017

The sole Group 1 event taking place on day two of Royal Ascot is the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. Part of the British Championship Series, it is a prestigious and highly valuable race with a purse of £750,000.

This race has a long past, dating back to 1862 but it hasn’t run continuously during this time as it was discontinued for 23 years after World War Two. When it returned, it was reduced in length, to its current distance of one mile and two furlongs.

Past Winners/Top Jockeys and Trainers

Being one of the bookies’ choices for this race is a good omen as 12 of the last 13 winners have come from the top three in the betting. Last year’s winner, My Dream Boat, is the only exception.

  1. 2016 – My Dream Boat, ridden by Adam Kirby, trained by Clive Cox
  2. 2015 – Free Eagle, ridden by Pat Smullen, trained by Dermot Weld
  3. 2014 – The Fugue, ridden by William Buick, trained by John Gosden
  4. 2013 – Al Kazeem, ridden by James Doyle, trained by Roger Charlton
  5. 2012 – So You Think, ridden by Joseph O’Brien, trained by Aidan O’Brien

Betting Tips

It looks very likely that once again the winner of this race will be one of the top three leading horses in the market. Leading the field, by the slightest of margins is Highland Reel (11/4 with Coral) winner of the Coronation Cup earlier this month. The five-year-old horse began the season poorly at Meydan in what was his fifth consecutive race abroad.

Aidan O’Brien is keen to target the high value races for the horse that has earned over £5.5m so far in his career. He ran well to win at Epsom but the performance was no better than you’d have expected from a 9/4 favourite. He cannot afford not to be at his best here but with two wins from his last seven races, this is looks like a serious possibility.

Jack Hobbs (3/1 with Betfred) on the other hand is rather more consistent, winning or placing in all of his 10 starts except for when he was pulled up at Newmarket last April. A win during the Dubai Sheema Classic in March netted his connections almost £3m, not a bad result on his first start of the year. That contest was over a mile and a half however and over the shorter 10 furlongs distance, the five-year-old is over two years without a win. You can expect him to remain competitive over a shorter trip but it’s something which won’t be aiding his chances.

That leaves us with the third favourite, Ulysses (7/2 with BetVictor), who opened the 2017 flat season with a Group 3 win over one mile and two furlongs at Sandown. His last Group 1 appearance saw him quite a long way behind Highland Reel but it was during a race two furlongs longer.

He lacks the status of the two horses above him in the betting but Sir Michael Stoute has a habit of producing fine four-year-olds. He’s raced and travelled less than both the older Jack Hobbs and Highland Reel so if anyone is most likely to up their game for this race, then it should be the chestnut colt.

Conclusion

There are reasons for and against all of the top three runners but with the distance best suiting Ulysses, who looked strong on his seasonal debut, money looks best placed on the son of Galileo.

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