Horse Racing
Prince of Wales's Stakes - Form Comments

19/06/2018 16:53

G1 – 1993m – Turf

1 Cliffs Of Moher Has been called names because of his tendency to hang under pressure but a classy colt who was second in the 2017 Derby at Epsom and came from last to first to win a G2 over 2000m at Naas in May. Looks versatile groundwise.
2 Cracksman Arguably the best UK horse in training in 2018. Improved from a rating of 92 to 130 last year with a string of excellent performances, including a brilliant G1 victory over this course and distance. Not at his best at Epsom, but still narrowly won a 2405m G1 there last time.
3 Desert Encounter Won a fast-ground Listed race here last season, though over further. Ran a good third behind Poet’s Word in a G3 over a similar distance to this last time, not helped by the slow gallop. Hard to imagine him winning, but place prospects.
4 Eminent Hasn’t lived up to some of last season’s great expectations but an attacking front-running ride did see him easily win a Deauville G2 last August. Hot favourite for his 2018 return, running a shocker, but found to have a fibrillating heart. His trainer thinks that was a one-off.
5 Hawkbill A bitter disappointment when 25L fifth of six behind Cracksman at Epsom last time, but red-hot form at Meydan previously including a G1 victory – dominating for most of the way with Poet’s Word a well-held second. Down in distance but he won a G3 over this course and distance in 2016.
6 Poet’s Word Quickly became a successful handicapper and now a smart group race operator, including when easily best of the European raiders in the 2017 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup. Close up before pouncing in the straight when a Sandown G3 winner at this distance last time.
7 Royal Julius Two fine recent efforts, notably when winning a G2 (1800m) at Rome last month – leading 400m out under Gerald Mosse and winning quite easily. However this is a serious G1 and it will be a surprise if this French challenger is up to it.