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2020 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Tips – Irish raider should be too strong for Royal Ascot rivals

  • The Prince Of Wales's Stakes is the Group One feature on day two of Royal Ascot
  • Aidan O'Brien's Japan is the short-priced favourite
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Japan canters over the line after winning the King Edward VII Stakes at Ascot in 2019. (Getty)

We take a look through the betting for this Group One on day two of Royal Ascot and provide readers with our tips for Wednesday 17th June.

The second afternoon of action during Royal Ascot is headlined by one of the most prestigious races in the sport, the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. All of the best middle-distance horse, who raced on as four-year-olds, have won this historic race, with familiar names like Brigadier Gerard, Nayef and Dubai Millennium glittering on the famous trophy.

2020 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Odds


Name
Best Odds
Japan10/11
Barney Roy5/1
Headman6/1
Addeybb8/1
Lord North10/1
Mehdaayih12/1
Bangkok40/1

Odds correct as of 16/6/20

2020 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Favourite


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Leading the way in the betting, by some distance, is Aidan O’Brien’s Japan. Having finished a staying-on third in the Epsom Derby, Japan announced his intentions for the rest of the season here at Ascot last year, running away with the King Edward VII Stakes in fantastic fashion.

O’Brien’s raider then scored his first Group One win in the Grand Prix de Paris, before returning to British soil to win a thrilling renewal of the Juddmonte International Stakes at York. Japan was then my big fancy in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, but Ryan Moore’s mount couldn’t make any inroads into the leaders advantage from the rear of the field, and had to settle for fourth place.

2020 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Form Guide


Barney Roy returned to top-form out in Meydan during the winter, following a Group Two victory with a comfortable triumph in the lucrative Jebel Hatta. Magic Lilly hardly boosted the form of that Group One when she finished third in the Dahlia Stakes on her return to England, and there’s a big difference between staying nine furlongs in Meydan, to staying ten at Royal Ascot.

Headman improved leaps and bounds last season, following a London Gold Cup triumph with two Group Two wins out in France. Despite rearing as he came out of the stalls, Headman was still in with a shout in the Irish Champion Stakes a furlong from home, but couldn’t pick up in the closing stages. 

I would have loved to see this strong traveller step back to a mile and target the Queen Anne Stakes. As it is, Headman remains over ten-furlongs, and I think he'll have a tough job on his hands trying to deny the favourite.

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The jockeys on Magical and Addeybb congratulate each other after finishing first and second in the 2019 Champion Stakes. (Getty)

Addeybb travelled to Australia to plunder a couple of Australian Group One’s during the spring, bolting up to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. William Haggas’ six-year-old won the Wolferton Stakes at the Royal meeting 12-months ago, and he’s more than capable of challenging for a third Group One on the bounce.

Lord North made the leap from handicapper to pattern-race winner when he took home the Listed James Seymour Stakes in September. John Gosden’s gelding then held off the charging Elarqam to win the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Haydock last week and fully deserves a crack at Group One glory.

Frankie Dettori has chosen to ride Mehdaayih over Lord North, and she will likely have her hands full on her first start in mixed-sex company. Bangkok rounds off the seven-horse field, and his odds suggest he doesn't have much of a chance.

2020 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Tips


Japan2020 Prince Of Wales's Stakes TipsGET 10/11 HERE
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The cream usually rises to the top in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. Since the turn of the millennium, only two horses rated less than 119 have won this great race, and one of those was dual-Oaks winner Ouija Board. 

So, while some may fancy improving sorts like Headman and Lord North to mount a challenge at Ascot, I would rather place my faith in horses who’ve been there, and done it at the highest level.

If there were three paid places available, I’d be very tempted to take an each-way punt on Addeybb. Sadly, only two paid places will be available in this year's renewal, so I'm going to side with JAPAN as my sole selection.

Japan progressed with every run last season. Even his performance in the Arc, where he could only finish fourth, has to be upgraded, considering the ground had gone against him. Aidan O’Brien was quick to announce that Japan would stay in training as a four-year-old, and he will have all the big middle-distance races on his radar once again. I can’t see any reason why I should side against him.

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Japan (left) wears down Crystal Ocean to win the Juddmonte International Stakes. (Getty)

Prince Of Wales's Stakes FAQs

When is the Prince Of Wales's Stakes run?

The Prince Of Wales's Stakes is run on the second day, usually a Wednesday, of the Royal Ascot meeting in June.

How long is the Prince Of Wales's Stakes?

The Prince Of Wales's Stakes is one and a quarter miles, or 10 furlongs, in length.

Who is the favourite for the 2020 Prince Of Wales's Stakes?

Aidan O'Brien's Japan in the 11/10 favourite.

How can I watch the Prince Of Wales's Stakes?

The race will be shown live on ITV Racing. Visit our Live Streaming page to find out how you can watch every race at Royal Ascot on your mobile or tablet.

Verdict

This doesn’t look the deepest renewal of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, and Japan is clearly going to take some beating. I'm delighted that I was able to snap up 11/10 last week, but even 10/11 isn't the worst price in the world.

2020 Prince Of Wales's Stakes Tip: Japan Straight Win @1.91 at Coral - 30 Units

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