Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Runner By Runner Preview
2022 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Runner By Runner Preview
The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes is the feature race on the second day of Royal Ascot 2022. In what promises to be an enthralling renewal of this Group 1 contest, our expert has delved through the field producing his runner-by-runner guide to the race.
Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (3:40 Ascot, Wednesday, June 15th)
1. BAY BRIDGE (Sir Michael Stoute, Ryan Moore)
Typical horse for the yard in that he has improved race on race, claiming prestigious handicaps at Newbury and York last season before landing a five-runner Listed contest at Newmarket. Took another step forward when claiming the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard at Sandown last month by five lengths, after which this race was immediately nominated as his target. Ryan Moore keeps the ride and he’s going to be tough to beat if backing up that last run.
2. LORD NORTH (John & Thady Gosden, Frankie Dettori)
Popular sort who’s landed exactly half of his 16 starts on the track thus far, one of those victories coming in this very race in 2020. Late withdrawal last year on account of the fast ground (similar surface expected) and he was one spot behind State Of Rest in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last time when that rival’s run could have been upgraded. Claims on his best form but he’d have wanted a slower surface.
3. SHAHRYAR (Hideaki Fujiwara, Cristian Demuro)
Japanese raider who took the Japanese Derby last year, leading in the shadows of the post just running down hot favourite Efforia. Back to winning ways in Dubai when last seen, just holding off the fast-finishing Yibir to land the Group 1 Sheema Classic. That form’s been a bit in and out since, and he was no doubt advantaged by getting a smooth run, but this has reportedly been the aim since and he’s bang there on official ratings.
4. STATE OF REST (Joseph O’Brien, Shane Crosse)
Has really come good for connections of late, landing three successive Group/Grade 1 contests in America, Australia and France. Saw that winning sequence come to an end when only third in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last month, yet that was a run worth upgrading as he challenged from a little further back, and wider, than his rivals and was closing quickly at the line. That run suggests he’s still at the top of his game but he does need improvement to be troubling Bay Bridge.
5. GRAND GLORY (Gianluca Bietolini, Mickael Barzalona)
Group 1 winner last season, claiming the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville. Subsequently second in the Prix de l’Opera on Arc day and fetched a hefty €2,500,000 at the sales in December. RPRs suggest that she’s better than ever this season, going in at Longchamp the last twice, the latest success coming by an impressive three and a half lengths. Back up in class here, and she’s taking on the boys, whilst the quick ground is also a concern. Shouldn’t be completely ruled out but others are still readily preferred.
Big Race Verdict
This looks all about BAY BRIDGE, who was better than ever when bolting up in the Brigadier Gerard at Sandown last month. This was immediately nominated as his target afterwards and jockey Ryan Moore keeps the partnership intact. 1lb best off at the weights and with the promise of even more to come, he can keep the good times rolling for recent Derby-winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute. State Of Rest was slightly unlucky at the Curragh last time and can chase the selection home, with Japanese raider Shahryar booked for third.
- BAY BRIDGE
- State Of Rest