Royal Ascot 2021 – Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Ante-Post Preview and 33/1 Selection!
Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1m2f, Wednesday, June 16, 4.20pm)
Royal Ascot continues to captivate audiences worldwide, with the 2021 meeting promising to be yet another star-studded affair. With this in mind, we have decided to produce our own in-depth previews of all the big races in prospect at Royal Ascot 2021.
Here, our expert tipster has produced their ante-post preview of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes – which is the feature race on Day 2 of Royal Ascot. The 2021 renewal sees last year’s winner, Lord North, back to defend his crown.
Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Ante-Post Preview
Lord North really burst onto the scene with victory in this race last year, where he showed a telling turn of foot to beat Addeybb. He has not quite matched that level of form in his four subsequent outings, yet still, manage to gain a second Group 1 success when taking the Dubai Turf in March.
Presumably freshened up with this race in mind since Lord North would be a big player if bringing his A-game to the table here, yet on the face of it this does look stronger than last year’s renewal, and it is worth noting how difficult it is to win the Prince Of Wales’s more than once – with only three horses achieving the feat since 1968.
With these obstacles to overcome, the 2/1 about Lord North makes little appeal at this stage.
Aidan O’Brien’s Love has been earmarked for this race by connections, and she will arrive on the back of a stunning three-year-old campaign which resulted in 3 wins from 3 starts – that includes victories in the 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks.
She should have little problem with the drop back to 1m2f, and ground conditions will presumably be in her favour, yet it is just a nagging concern that she will be 300 days off the track prior to this assignment – which is her first against the boys.
Whilst Love certainly has the ability, there is a chance that she will come on a good deal for this first run of the season, and with that in mind, she can be passed over at her current price.
Armory was very progressive last year and looked like a Group 1 winner in waiting when demolishing a useful field in the Group 2 Huxley Stakes at Chester last time out.
Whether he will take on stablemate Love remains to be seen, but there is the possibility that he will take in the Coronation Cup at Epsom instead of this assignment – so with doubts over his participation he makes little appeal from an ante-post perspective.
Popular globetrotter Addeybb chased home Lord North in this race last year and has added two Group 1 wins to his CV since. He cannot firmly be discounted at a track he loves, yet he is unlikely to get his preferred soft ground conditions.
James Fanshawe’s Audarya had a very progressive profile last season, landing two races at the top level having started the campaign rated 101. She would be interesting if maintaining her upward trajectory, with all ground seemingly coming alike, yet much like Love she is entitled to come on for this run.
One runner at a big price who does catch the eye is LORD GLITTERS. David O’Meara’s eight-year-old has proved a real money-spinner for connections down the years.
Lord Glitters has a real fondness for Ascot, having taken the Queen Anne Stakes back in 2019, and he has been in good form in Dubai this year – landing the Group 1 Jebel Hatta back in March.
He was a distant fourth to Palace Pier in the Lockinge Stakes on his return to the UK, yet a mile is probably short enough for him nowadays with his best recent form all coming over further.
Lord Glitters does hold an entry in the Queen Anne Stakes as well as the Prince Of Wales’s, but the Queen Anne would result in him bumping into Palace Pier again, and therefore connections are expected to view this as the more favourable option.
Lord Glitters may be advancing in years, but 1m2f at Ascot on good ground may well prove his optimum conditions nowadays, and therefore the 33/1 freely available looks at least a few points too big for a horse that was a winner in this company as recently as March.
A further attraction is the three places available with most bookmakers. There are currently just 13 entrants for this race, and a number look far from certain runners. Should this race cut up badly the extra place could come in handy.