Prince of Wales Stakes

17 Jun



On of the best races of the week that includes a strong international presence. Runners from Ireland, Uk, France, Japan and Australia. The american horse California Chrome is a key absentee though. The Dermot Weld trained Free Eagle comes into the race off a long layoff. He’s only run 4 times in 2 years but when he has run he has shown top class form. He won convincingly on debut as a 2 year old and was then beaten by the future Derby winner Australia. He won a G3 on debut last season by half the track and he then ran a gallant 3rd to Noble Mission in a G1 on champions day at this track. He had today’s rival Western Hymn back in 4th. He returns to the track as a 4 year old and connections believe that he is better than ever. Has won first time up both of the last 2 seasons, so the layoff doesn’t worry me. Something tells me we haven’t seen the best of him yet and I’m sure his trainer will have him race fit. He’s my idea of the winner but he will be made fight for it.


Western Hymn has 3 and a half lengths to find with Free Eagle on form but he has been in top form this season. He could get closer to Free Eagle this time round but I can’t see him finishing in front of the Weld runner. The Grey Gatsby is a proven G1 performer. He shocked many when he beat last years Derby winner in the Irish Champion Stakes last season. He hasn’t shown that kind of form this season but based on that run he wouldn’t be far off Free Eagle. He was 2nd to yesterday’s run away winner Solow in Meydan in March. He ran an okay race last time out at the Curragh behind Al Kazeem. The winners form ties in with Free Eagle though. The Grey Gatsby is sure to come on for that run.


Of the other runners Gailo Chop is one that I really like. I think he could be the dark horse in the race. This French trained horse has got some decent form. He’s yet to win a G1. His last run did show that he had a G1 in him though. He tried to make all the running in the G1 Prix d’Ispahan which was won by yesterday’s winner Solow. He’s the only horse that has made Solow work for it and was only beaten by a length. The Grey Gatsby was beaten by 4 lengths by Solow in Meydan. That form gives the relatively unknown Gailo Chop a big shout in this. He’s also a tasty price. There is not much between most of these runners on form. Free Eagle probably is the one with the most improvement still left in him though and he’s the one I think will come out on top.


Selection: Free Eagle 3/1

Outsider: Gailo Chop 12/1



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