Royal Ascot 2019: Prince of Wales Stakes Odds and Betting Preview
It is now a matter of hours rather than days until the 2019 Royal Ascot meeting kicks off from Tuesday afternoon until its conclusion on Saturday. All of the glitz and finery provided by the lady racegoers will be matched by the men in wearing top hats and tails.
Throw in the obligatory Royal presence – horse drawn carriage will be arriving on the track – and you have a quintessential five-day English race meeting that is utterly unique within the horse racing calendar.
Our coverage of the meeting begins on Wednesday with the one mile and two furlongs’ Prince of Wales Stakes – race due off at 15:40 BST – with a select field of eight runners at the final declarations stage.
Date: June 18 – 22, 2019
This race was first contested back in 1862 and was named after the Prince of Wales at that time, due to be future King Edward VII. Following the Second World War, the race was discontinued until 1968, a year before the current Prince of Wales, Charles, was initiated into the role.
From 1971, when the current race grading system was introduced, the Prince of Wales Stakes was at Group 2 level, until 2001, when the race was upgraded to Group 1 status and to be only contested by horses aged four years and upwards as it is to the present day.
Some of the great horses of years gone by have won this race including Brigadier Gerard (1972), Dubai Millenium (2000), Ouija Board (2006), while Poets Word took the honours last year for the Sir Michael Stoute stable.
In this article, we will look in more detail at some of the leading contenders for this key Group 1 race, to try and point our readers in the right direction for a winning bet.
Magical to Put Spell on the Rest?
Leading Irish trainer, Aidan O’Brien has saddled up three winners of the Prince of Wales’ Stakes since 2008, and the Ballydoyle chief looks to hold solid claims once again with Magical, to be ridden by stable jockey, Ryan Moore.
A winner of all three starts this season in Ireland, Magical has been upped in grade each time since her Group 3 win at Naas in April. The daughter of Galileo was last seen at the end of May in taking the Group 1 Tettersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, with a seven-length demolition of stable-mate, Flag Of Honour.
Magical is the current market leader for the Prince Of Wales’ Stakes at 2/1 with William Hill and 10BET, and has no issues regarding the ground or track, as the filly won at Ascot last October on British Champions’ Day. Magical looks to be a filly who is improving with age, and is a worthy favourite for this race.
Sea to Show her Class Against Rivals
The female equine category looks to have the upper hand in this particular race of the Royal Ascot meeting, as William Haggas’ Sea Of Class returns to the track following her narrow defeat in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp last October.
Her wellbeing has to be taken on trust, but if Sea Of Class is in the same form that took her to within a short neck of one of the most successful Fillies in recent history in Enable, then she will take plenty of beating.
Coral and Black Type are the places to back Sea Of Class at the market best of 11/4. This filly will be one to watch very closely in the betting as market support will add strength to her claims in the race.
Sir Michael Hopes for Double with Crystal Ocean
When last seen at Ascot, Crystal Ocean was sent off the 6/4 favourite for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes last July. Two furlongs from home, the now five-year-old looked to have the race in safe keeping, but stablemate Poets Word battled on dourly to gain a neck victory over his stablemate.
Crystal Ocean has been seen twice already this season in mopping up Group 3 events at Sandown and Newbury at odds-on prices. This task is far tougher though, but the drop back to ten furlongs is definitely a plus for the offspring of Sea The Stars.
Sir Michael Stoute first won this race all the way back in 1981 with Hard Fought. It was ten years later when Stagecraft claimed the race under Steve Cauthen and owner Sheikh Mohammed. It took a further 27 years till Poets Word won last year for the veteran trainer, but Crystal Ocean could give Stoute a quick Prince of Wales’ Stakes double at the best industry odds of 9/2 with Betfred and Totesport.
Others to Consider
Andre Fabre’s Waldgeist makes his first appearance at the Royal meeting and is the sole hope of France in the race. The five-year old has been involved in some of Europe’s major races during his career, but has somewhat come up short at the very highest level. It is likely that this trend will continue here, but if you fancy the French raider, then Ladbrokes offer the best industry odds of 13/2.
Zabeel Prince, trained by Roger Varian has won his two starts so far this season, with Group 1 success in the Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp on his last start. The step up to ten furlongs is the unknown for Zabeel Prince in this race, but should not be underestimated at 12/1 with William Hill and Unibet.
This contest is likely to revolve around the two fillies at the bottom of the weights, in Magical and Sea of Class. Narrow preference is for the O’Brien filly, who has proven her wellbeing on the track already on three occasions this season.
Sea Of Class has arguably the best form of all by running Enable so close last season, but her lack of a run tempers my enthusiasm slightly. As previously stated in this preview, if Sea Of Class shows significant market support on the day, that could tip the balance of the race in her favour, but I’m prepared to stick with Magical here.
- Magical to win the Prince of Wales’ Stakes at 2/1 with William Hill