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Prince Of Wales’s Stakes

16:20 Royal Ascot

2021-06-16

Winner: £396970

Runners: 6

Going:Good To Firm

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Distance: 1m1f212yy

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The Prince Of Wales's Stakes is a Group 1 contest run over 1m2f. It takes place at 16:20 on Wednesday 16th June, which is the second day of Royal Ascot 2021. View the runners here, and also make sure to check out the odds and tips on offer for this race.

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2(2)
250-22
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J: Andrea Atzeni
T: David Simcock
9
126
111
130
Comes from the back; won the Canadian International twice and four Group 3s in Britain; not far off his best at Sandown on reappearance, at the age of nine, and runner-up again in Listed race next time; however, while he failed to show what he's capable of when finishing last in this race in 2018 and 2019, he looks very much up against it once more.
5(7)
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Sangarius

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J: Colin Keane
T: Sir Michael Stoute
5
126
112
129
Some very useful form on good to firm early in career; impressive in the Group 3 Hampton Court (C&D, soft) at this meeting in 2019 but has had only four races since and two wind operations; while he followed AW win in December with a creditable second to Armory at Chester last month, that shows he has major work to do in this company and he then floundered in the closing stages when front-running at Sandown (evens) three weeks ago.
NR(4)
1304-1
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Lord North

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T: John & Thady Gosden
5
126
123
140
Held up; surged clear in the final 1f of this race last year and the 1m1f Dubai Turf at Meydan this March; peak efforts on good, albeit with easily his most recent run on fast ground when fourth in the 1m4f Breeders' Cup Turf; reportedly broke a blood vessel in the Dubai race; assuming all is well, he has leading claims as one of two who are clear of the rest on form.
6(1)
61131-
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Audarya

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J: William Buick
T: James Fanshawe
5
123
117
135
Spectacularly improved in the second half of last season, vaulting from handicap to French Group 1 success before her close third in the Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp and leading where it mattered in tight finish to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland (9.5f, firm); respected for such a transformation but she needs more improvement on this reappearance.
4(5)
25-173
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My Oberon

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J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
4
126
114
130
Ran well as 3yo in his one start on good to firm; already markedly better as a 4yo, with clearcut win in Group 3 at Newmarket on reappearance and a close call for Group 1 honours in the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp; they showed he's now better over 1m1f than 1m, and there's a good chance he will stay 1m2f; headgear is also given a go; needs another healthy step forward but he's had only eight races and better may be possible.
1(3)
4132-1
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Armory

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J: Seamie Heffernan
T: A P O'Brien
4
126
120
135
Held up; fourth in the Irish Guineas on his only race on good to firm; all five since have been over this sort of trip; won only once (Curragh Group 3) last season but had a very solid campaign with minor honours in Group 1s in his other four starts; needs to better that form to win this but, after comfortably accounting for Sangarius in four-runner Group 2 at Chester on reappearance, there is a chance that he has indeed raised his game.
7(6)
3/111-
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Love

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
4
123
122
141
Put her rivals to the sword last season over 1m in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and 1m4f in the Oaks at Epsom and Yorkshire Oaks at York, all on good ground; made all for two of her lesser wins (one on good to firm) as 2yo; takes on the males this time and needs to show she's emerged well from her 300-day break, but on last season's evidence she has a huge shout.

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Love
Lord North was imperious in this race last year and in the Dubai Turf in March, although he reportedly bled in the latter. He will be hard to beat if in that form but last season wasn't all plain sailing for him and he faces a top-quality rival today in LOVE, assuming she reappears in the form that saw her sweep all before her against her own sex last term. Armory, also trained by Aidan O'Brien, looks their most plausible threat, although My Oberon has improved this season and Audarya did so last year. There is a question over who will make the running, with Love arguably the most likely candidate after it did not work out for Sangarius on his latest outing.

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