Prince of Wales’s Stakes

The Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes is one of the top ten furlong races of the season. It is the feature race on day 2 of Royal Ascot and attracts some of the best older horses in Europe. Notable past winners include Dubai Millennium (2000), Ouija Board (2006), Highland Reel (2017) and Love (2021).

Prince of Wales’s Stakes

The Race

The race is over a mile and a quarter, although it is not unusual for it to be won by a horse that stays beyond this distance. Recent winners Highland Reel, Poet’s Word, Crystal Ocean and Love all fit into this category, all Group race winners over a mile and a half. It currently takes place on day 2 (Wednesday) of the Royal meeting in June. The race is usually about quality rather than quantity so there are no hiding places up Ascot’s unforgiving home straight.

Famous Prince of Wales’s Stakes Winners & History

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes was first run in 1862 with victory going to Carisbrook. It was originally a staying contest over a mile and five furlongs and was restricted to three-year-olds. The race was discontinued in 1940 and was not restored until 1968, this time an all-aged race over its current distance of a mile and a quarter.

Originally classed as Group 2 race in 1971, it was given Group 1 status in 2000 with three-year-olds no longer eligible. Owner Jim Joel, Trainer Nigel Murless and jockey Sandy Barclay won the first three renewals since the war with Royal Palace (1968) and Connaught (1969 and 1970). Only two other horses have managed to win the race twice since; Mtoto (1987, 1988) and Muhtarram (1994, 1995).

Other notable winners of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes include Brigadier Gerard (1972), Gunner B (1978), Ela-Mana-Mou (1980) and Stanerra (1983). Dubai Millennium’s victory in 2000 was a memorable occasion, his first race since fulfilling the dreams of Sheikh Mohammed by winning the Dubai World Cup. Jerry Bailey substituted for regular rider Frankie Dettori who was recovering from a plane crash in which he had been fortunate to escape with his life.

Dubai Millennium was made second favourite behind French raider Sendawar, the only time he did not start as favourite in his entire career. Bailey sent Dubai Millennium straight to the front and he was never headed, drawing well clear in the home straight to win by eight lengths.

The victory appeared to have set up a clash between Godolphin’s superstar and the Arc and King George winner Montjeu but fate intervened. Dubai Millennium suffered a fracture in training and, although surviving to start a new career as a stallion, his life was tragically claimed by grass sickness after just one season at stud.

Key Prince of Wales’s Stakes Trials

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes is often the target for winners of the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown Park. Poet’s Word (2018) and Lord North (2020) won both races in the same season. Highland Reel (2017) had won the Coronation Cup over a mile and a half at Epsom on his previous start. Crystal Ocean had already won the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown and the Aston Park Stakes at Newbury before defeating Magical here in 2019. Recent Irish-trained winners Free Eagle (2015) and Love (2021) both overcame lengthy absences to win this race.

Prince of Wales’s Stakes Betting Trends

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes has been dominated by the first and second favourites in recent years. They account for nine of the last twelve winners with two third-favourites obliging and only one outsider. My Dream Boat (2016) was the only horse to buck the trend when scoring in testing conditions at 16-1. So You Think (2012) started odds-on at 4-5 with Love (2021) a heavily-backed 11-10 favourite.

Prince of Wales’s Stakes Odds

Here are the latest odds for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes in June 2022:

There is no open book of odds in the ante-post market for this event yet

Prince of Wales’s Stakes Tips

Here are some tips for Prince of Wales’s Stakes in June 2022:

2 points to win for TBC at odds of TBC
1 point each way for TBC at odds of TBC

A couple of the horses competing in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes will also compete in many other races throughout the year. Keep a close eye on the horses to see how they perform before placing your ante-post bets.

Prince of Wales’s Stakes Stats

Horses aged four and five have been dominant in this race with only Muhtarram (1995) and So You Think (2012) winning as six-year-olds. The last twenty winners had all won over at least a mile and a quarter previously and fourteen of those had already won at Group 1 level. Just over half of them had won last time out and all but three of them had been placed on their previous outing.

Top Trainers and Jockeys

John Porter’s all-time record of eight wins in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes still stands. Aidan O’Brien, John Gosden and Sir Michael Stoute have all won the race four times. Stoute’s first victory was with Hard Fought back in 1981 with Stagecraft winning ten years’ later. He did not win it again until Poet’s Word in 2018 and then followed up with Crystal Ocean in 2019.

O’Brien’s four victories came with Duke of Marmalade (2008), So You Think (2012), Highland Reel (2017) and Love (2021). All four were very well supported. Saeed bin Suroor won the race four times in five years between 1998 and 2002, most notably with Dubai Millennium (2000). He has not trained the winner since, although Godolphin did win again it with Rewilding (2011), trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni.

Frankie Dettori has won the race four times; Fantastic Light (2001), Grandera (2002), Rewilding (2011) and Crystal Ocean (2019). James Doyle has three victories to his name with Al Kazeem (2013), Poet’s Word (2018) and Lord North (2020).

Betting on the Prince of Wales’s Stakes

There are always some star names lined up for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes so it is a race that attracts plenty of ante-post interest. Some caution is advised as running plans are sometimes left until the last minute with other options including the Hardwicke Stakes. History suggests that it pays to concentrate on the first two or three in the betting market for this race. Likely future targets for winners of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes include the Coral Eclipse Stakes and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Summary

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes is the only Group 1 race on the second day of Royal Ascot. There is usually a big name on show and it is a race that leads into events like the Eclipse, the Irish Champion Stakes and the International Stakes at York.

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