Prince of Wales’s Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.40 at Ascot, 19 June 2019
The big Group 1 contest on Royal Ascot’s second day is the prestigious Prince of Wales’s Stakes. Here we take a look at the best odds and offers available, as well as providing our betting tips for this top class contest.
First run in 1862, this Group 1, 1m2f event is restricted to runners aged four and older and offers a massive £750,000 in total prize money.
Prince of Wales’s Stakes Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- MAGICAL 25/1 to win at with Mr Green (new customer offer – see below!)
- Crystal Ocean to win at 9/2 with bet365
- Zabeel Prince each way at 12/1 with BetVictor
Prince of Wales’s Stakes 2019 Betting Offers
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Prince of Wales’s Stakes Ante Post Tips and Betting Offers, 3:40 at Royal Ascot, 19 June 2019
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes is always a race to savour and this year’s renewal could just be the best race of the entire meeting at Royal Ascot. The array of talent set to compete for this Group 1 which is run over 1 mile 2 furlong is incredibly exciting and whoever wins will bag a deserved prize of over £425,000 for their connections.
Top Four All Easy to Back
The betting market for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes is very much split into two. The four horses at the top of the betting – Magical, Sea Of Class, Crystal Ocean and Waldgeist – are all a cut above the rest of the challengers and each is getting an understandably high level of support from punters.
Magical is the narrow favourite on the back of a perfect season to date with a hat-trick of wins in Ireland. Aidan O’Brien could hardly be happier about how she is shaping up ahead of Royal Ascot but it is not unfair to raise an eyebrow at the level of the opposition she’s faced this season. The Prince of Wales’s Stakes represents a significant step up, one that could prove just a bit too much.
If not Magical, then who? At the prices it’s tough to ignore the appeal of Crystal Ocean. Sir Michael Stoute did a great job to improve Crystal Ocean from his three-year-old season and the early signs are that he could be even better as a five-year-old. Again, you can question the value the form from his two wins this season but not the quality of his performances. His trainer is one of the best in the world in coaxing the best out of older horses so he could be on for his biggest win to date.
Zabeel Prince Very Much the Best of the Rest
Roger Varian is not having the talk about the Prince of Wales’s Stakes coming down to just four horses. He is very happy with the steady progression of Zabeel Prince and believes that his lightly raced six-year-old will be competitive against his very high calibre opponents. There was certainly a lot to like about Zabeel Prince’s attitude and performance when winning the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp last time out which followed success against a strong field in the Earl Of Sefton at Newmarket.
This obviously represents a bigger challenge but Zabeel Prince is the only one of those outside the top four who looks to have any realistic chance of landing a place. He’ll most definitely be well placed, ready to pick up the pieces should any of the principles not turn up with in top form so an each way bet is in order at 12/1 with BetVictor.
Nobody would be surprised if any of the top four horses went on to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. This really is a race to sit back and enjoy but those looking to profit should consider the prices and with that approach in mind a bet on Crystal Ocean is more than tempting at 9/2 with bet365.
Prince of Wales’s Stakes Previous Winners
- 2018 – Poet’s Word – jockey James Doyles, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2017 – Highland Reel – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2016 – My Dream Boat – jockey Adam Kirby, trainer Clive Cox
- 2015 – Free Eagle – jockey Pat Smullen, trainer Dermot Weld
- 2014 – The Fugue – jockey William Buick, trainer John Gosden
- 2013 – Al Kazeem – jockey James Doyle, trainer Roger Charlton
- 2012 – So You Think – jockey Joseph O’Brien, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2011 – Rewilding – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni
- 2010 – Byword – jockey Maxime Guyon, trainer André Fabre
- 2009 – Vision d’Etat – jockey Olivier Peslier, trainer Eric Libaud
- 2008 – Duke of Marmalade – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2007 – Manduro – jockey Stéphane Pasquier, trainer André Fabre
- 2006 – Ouija Board – jockey Olivier Peslier, trainer Ed Dunlop
Prince of Wales’s Stakes History
Whilst the Prince of Wales’s Stakes has been run at Ascot since 1862, that early version of the race bore little resemblance to the contest which we know today, being a 1m5f event for three year olds only. Those conditions held until 1940, when the race experienced a 28 year hiatus following the Second World War. On its return to the Royal Ascot offering in 1968 the distance was reduced to its present length of 1m2f and was open to all runners aged three and older. The final major alteration came in the year 2000 with the granting of Group 1 status coinciding with the race now being restricted to runners ager four and older.
One of the best and most versatile performers of the 19th century winners here was 1876 hero Petrarch. Bred by Mr Gosden and owned by Mr Spencer, a couple of names which have been associated with racing success in more recent times, the colt had the speed to win a Middle Park Plate, the class to win a 2000 Guineas and the stamina to land this race, the St.Leger Stakes and the Ascot Gold Cup.
1881 winner Iroquois will forever remain in the history books as the first ever Derby winner to have been bred in America. It wasn’t all about the Derby that year as the colt proved dominant wherever he went, winning this race, the St. James’s Palace Stakes and the St. Leger in addition to his Epsom success. These exploits and the resultant popularity of the horse are credited as having had a significant impact on the growth of racing in the USA.
This race also provides a fine example of how successfully horses can pass ability down the generations. Bayardo won here in 1909, 24 years later the race was taken by his grandson Hyperion and six years after that in 1939, one of Hyperion’s sons, Heliopolis, came home in front.
With horses being allowed to run in this contest beyond their three year old campaign, due to the change in conditions when the race re-emerged in 1968, it is now possible for a horse to win the event more than once. Connaught became the first dual winner of the race when taking back to back editions in 1969 and 1970. As of 2015, only Mtoto and Muhtarram had managed to repeat this feat.
There aren’t many top class contests at around this trip where the name of Brigadier Gerard does not appear on the list of previous winners. The legendary colt duly won this in 1972. The Brigadier is far from the only superstar to have scored here, with wonder fillies Bosra Sham and Ouija Board, as well as the greatest Godolphin horse of them all, Dubai Millennium featuring amongst a stellar cast of former heroes.
Plum Centre’s victory in 1905 was the sixth for jockey Morny Cannon and eighth for trainer John Porter. No jockey or trainer has managed to match these totals since.