Prince of Wales’s Stakes tips – Preview of Wednesday’s Royal Ascot Group One

Headman can win at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.Headman can win at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

Get our Prince of Wales’s Stakes tips as we take a runner-by-runner look at the big-race field for Wednesday’s Group One feature.

We move into day two of Royal Ascot on Wednesday and following on from some top-class action throughout the opening day the feature race of the second day sees the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes take centre stage with an off-time of 3.00pm.

The fourth race of the day, the £148,000 first prize will be contested by just seven declared runners over the ten furlongs trip. But despite the small field there’s no shortage of quality and a top-class renewal awaits. The action will unfold live on ITV Racing and Brian Healy gives his Prince Of Wales’s Stakes tips as he takes a runner-by-runner look at the seven-strong field.

PRINCE OF WALES’S STAKES TIPS – RUNNER-BY-RUNNER PREVIEW

ADDEYBB


Was very smart as a juvenile, winning twice and progressed into a bona-fide Group class performer in the wake of a demolition job in the 2018 Lincoln at Doncaster.

William Haggas’ charge continued to show progress last term, winning twice which included the Wolferton Stakes on this card twelve months ago where he beat Magic Wand and he added to his tally at Haydock with a defeat of Pondus to win the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes.

The Pivotal gelding found only Magical too good over course and distance in the Champion Stakes and arrives on the back of a win at Rosehill in Australia where he won the Group One Ranvet Stakes. That form is working out but there’s a suspicion others might just prove too strong for him here unless the rain arrives.

BANGKOK


Very talented performer at his best but tends to race freely so doesn’t always fully see out his races.

The Australia colt won twice last term, slamming Technician to win the Classic Trial before failing to stay the trip or act on the track in the Epsom Derby and he beat only one home. He bounced back to chase home Japan in the King Edward VII Stakes on this card before again blotting his copybook at York in the York Stakes.

Impressive when scoring in the Lingfield Winter Derby Trial he was sent off a warm order for the Winter Derby proper but not for the first time failed to see out the race having again raced exuberantly.

Tongue-tie returns here and while he’s perhaps best fresh having won first time up last term and he ran well back from a break at Doha prior to that Lingfield success he will likely find a couple too good despite representing an in-form yard.

Bangkok will have his work cut out to get involved in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes.

Bangkok will have his work cut out to get involved in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

BARNEY ROY


Won the 2017 St James’s Palace Stakes for Richard Hannon and the Excelebration colt has been in scintillating form for Charlie Appleby, winning his last two starts at Meydan and now searching for a hat-trick.

His latest win saw him beat Magic Lily in the Group One Jebel Hatta, scoring by almost two lengths and looking as good as ever. He can’t then be readily overlooked despite probably needing to find a shade more back up in trip.

He’s still relatively low-mileage for a six-year old and he can make his presence felt, but the threat of rain might well see the ground turn against him and he wouldn’t want too much of the wet stuff.

HEADMAN


Debut winner as a juvenile who progressed markedly last term, winning three times which included a brace of Group Two contests in France prior to not being seen to best effect on his final outing in the Irish Champion Stakes.

Roger Charlton’s charge fluffed the start that day and was forced to race wide where he could never quite get into a challenging position. He stuck well to his task but ultimately wasn’t able to get close to the winner, Magical, eventually finishing just over three lengths’ adrift in fifth.

There’s surely more to come from him this term and he’s still relatively unexposed after just a handful of career starts. He has shaped as if he might appreciate some cut in the ground despite winning three times on good ground so any rain likely won’t present a problem and the Kingman colt can post a big run if fully wound up on his reappearance.

JAPAN


Developed into a top-class performer last term in the wake of two juvenile successes, finishing a close third in the Epsom Derby before reeling off a hat-trick of wins which included two Group Ones headed by the Juddmonte International.

The Galileo colt gunned down Crystal Ocean – winner of this race twleve months ago – to win that York prize and he ran a gallant fourth when last seen in the Prix de L’Arc De Triomphe behind Waldgeist and showing soft ground held no fears so forecast rain shouldn’t prove a problem if it arrives.

A strong staying type he has the speed for this lesser test as he proved when winning over the trip at York and with the potential for better still to come he looks the one to beat on last season’s form and with a course-winning performance already in the book.

He should prove a tough nut to crack under Ryan Moore, but value hunters will be keen to take him on and he was beaten on his seasonal debut last term.

Japan will be a tough nut to crack

Japan will be a tough nut to crack in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

LORD NORTH


Lightly-raced campaigner who raised his game in the second half of last season, finding only one too good here in September following a break and then winning two of his next three starts – both at Newmarket – either side of finding only Escobar too strong in the Balmoral Handicap on British Champions Day.

John Gosden’s Dubawi gelding found another jolt of improvement this term to win on his return in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes where he beat the very smart Elarqam and while this is an even tougher test now stepping into a Group One there is a suspicion he has an even bigger performance in him and he could improve again to deliver a big run.

He’ll need a career-best and he has 10lbs to find on ratings; but still lightly-raced and relatively unexposed he is certainly merits taking his chance at this grade.

MEHDAAYIH


Proved herself a smart sort last term, winning three of her five starts which included the Cheshire Oaks and Prix De Malleret and she found only the top-class Dierdre too strong when contesting the Nassau Stakes.

The second of John Gosden’s pair, she ran below her best in two outings on softer ground in France and here, finishing fifth to Magical on the latter occasion in the Champion Stakes and she won’t be happy to see rain around given her best form has come on a sounder surface.

The sole filly in the field, she gets weight from her rivals but faces a very tough test on her reappearance taking on the opposite sex and there’s a suspicion she may not be quite up to this level.

Mehdaayih is one of two runners in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes for trainer John Gosden.

Mehdaayih is one of two runners in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes for trainer John Gosden.

PRINCE OF WALES’S STAKES TIPS – BIG RACE VERDICT


Japan sets a classy standard and is proven at this level having already collected a pair of Group One successes and Aidan O’Brien’s charge is likely to prove a tough nut to crack.

Addeybb too is a dual-Group One scorer, but it is debatable how that Australian form stacks up here and he’ll probably want much softer ground than this to be seen at his best. It could then pay to side with Roger Charlton’s representative HEADMAN who didn’t enjoy the rub of the green in the Irish Champion Stakes when last seen; but he had looked progressive prior to that reversal and he can do better.

The dual-Group Two scorer in France fluffed the start at Leopardstown and wasn’t able to get into a challenging position having been forced to race wide. But there’s a suspicion he has more to offer this term and he could be the type to continue to improve so might well progress again this campaign.

Like most in the field he’ll have to prove his fitness on his return; but if he is fully wound up for this assignment then he could post a big effort with the likelihood of some cut in the ground likely to help his cause if anything.