Princess of Wales’s Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Newmarket, 12 July 2018
The highlight of the opening day of Newmarket’s thrilling July meeting is this high class middle distance contest. Read on for the best odds and racing betting offers, as well as our betting tips for the Princess of Wales’s Stakes.
First run at Newmarket way back in in 1894, this 1m4f Group 2 contest is open to all runners aged three and older and now offers £100,000 in total prize money. Almost all of the best jockeys have won this one on at least one occasion. It’s a real summer highlight and we’ve got the full lowdown right here.
Princess of Wales’s Stakes Stakes Betting Tips
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Princess of Wales’s Stakes Betting Tips and Race Preview
The Princess of Wales’s Stakes is one of the premier races at Newmarket’s July Meeting. This Group 2 contest is run over one mile, four furlongs and is open to horses aged three and older. As with many high level races at this time of the season, the Princess of Wales’s Stakes allows three-year-olds the chance to compete against their elders but you have to go back to Soapy Danger’s win in 2006 for the last time that a member of the Classic generation claimed this prize.
Mirage Dancer to Keep Improving for Master Trainer
Sir Michael Stoute is one of the most well respected trainers on the flat. He has achieved a massive amount throughout his career but one of his specialities is getting the best out of older horses.
Simply put, Sir Michael is a master of getting improvement out of horses aged four and above and that’s one reason why Mirage Dancer is the favourite for the Princess of Wales’s Stakes. Another reason is the withdrawal of the much fancied Dee Ex Bee from the betting and it is tough to argue against Mirage Dancer’s position at the head of the market.
After justifying his favourite status at Goodwood in May, Mirage Dancer could only finish fifth in the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot. That finish can be excused as he encountered trouble when James McDonald tried to move him away from the rail and the chance for similar problems in the Princes of Wales’s Stakes are lessened with Ryan Moore booked to ride. This isn’t the most competitive renewal of this race so don’t be surprised if the favourite wins at 11/4 with Coral.
Duretto Can Thrive Dropped Back Down in Trip
Duretto ended the 2016 season with a Group 3 win at Newbury. That victory had his trainer, Andrew Balding, hoping for big things in 2017 but Duretto was only seen three times. Still, the gelding secured some valuable finishes including a win in a Listed race at Chester.
Balding believes Duretto is a very versatile horse as is evidenced by the variety in the races he’s been entered in. Although he has the stamina to get upwards of two miles, Duretto does look more comfortable at a mile and a half. He has the class to go very well indeed at Newmarket and looks an incredibly tempting each way betting option at 8/1 with Betfred.
Raa Atoll Something of an Unknown Quantity
John Gosden has an interesting option in Raa Atoll. The three-year-old didn’t make a single appearance as a juvenile but made up for lost time by winning his second and third races this year. He found it a little tougher when competing at Group 2 level at Royal Ascot but Frankie Dettori saw enough in Raa Atoll that day to take the ride at Newmarket.
He’ll need to show more pace in the closing stages than he did at Ascot but Raa Atoll has every chance of rapid improvement so is worth keeping in mind at 7/1 with Bet365.
Previous Race Winners
- 2017 – Hawkbill – jockey James Doyle, trainer Charlie Appleby
- 2016 – Big Orange – jockey James McDonald, trainer Michael Bell
- 2015 – Big Orange – jockey Jamie Spencer, trainer Michael Bell
- 2014 – Cavalryman – jockey Silvestre de Sousa, trainer Saeed bin Suroor
- 2013 – Universal – jockey Joe Fanning, trainer Mark Johnston
- 2012 – Fiorente – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2011 – Crystal Capella – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2010 – Sans Frontieres – jockey Tom Queally, trainer Jeremey Noseda
- 2009 – Doctor Fremantle – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2008 – Lucarno – jockey Jimmy Fortune, trainer John Gosden
- 2007 – Papal Bull – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
Princess of Wales’s Stakes History, Top Jockeys and Best Trainers
Established over 120 years ago, this contest was named in honour of the wife of King Edward VII, Alexandra of Denmark, who became the Princess of Wales in 1863.
Having initially been run over one mile, the race’s current 1m4f distance was introduced in 1902 and has remained in place ever since. Upon the advent of race classifications in 1971, this contest was granted Group 3 status. By 1978 however, the quality of the participants attracted to the event led to its status being raised to Group 2 level.
The race could hardly have gotten off to a better start in terms of the quality of its winner. A quite brilliant racehorse, Isinglass, won the 2000 Guineas, Derby (Derby betting offers) and St. Leger a year prior to his success here in 1894. Further demonstrating his talent and versatility, the colt then took the stayers’ championship of the Ascot Gold Cup in 1895.
Isinglass is not the only Triple Crown winner to prevail here. Both Flying Fox (1899) and Rock Sand (1904) also landed the famous Classic treble prior to success in this race.
1982 heroine, Height of Fashion certainly made her mark at the track. She won the Acomb Stakes, May Hill Stakes and Fillies Mile in an exceptional two year old campaign, prior to landing this at three. Her career as stud mare was if anything even more productive. From just 11 foals, she produced, Unfuwain who also won this race, the four-time Group 1 winner Nayef and the brilliant 2000 Guineas, Derby and King George winner, Nashwan.
Big Orange became the fifth horse to win this more than once when winning back to back editions in 2015 and 2016, following in the footsteps of Lance Chest, Primera, Lomond and Milenary.
Jockeys and Trainers
There are a few trainers who have enjoyed a good record in this over the years, with “the major” Dick Hern and Mark Johnston amongst those with multiple wins to their name. Way out in front with an impressive nine triumphs though is Sir Michael Stoute. Often famed for his prowess with older horses, that is certainly borne out here as each of Stoute’s winners have been aged four or older.
The talented riding trio of Ryan Moore, Willie Carson and Pat Eddery recorded four, five and six wins in this respectively. It is the greatest of them all, Lester Piggott who leads the way though with an impressive eight wins. Piggott boasts such a record in so many races that we get bored of recording his prowess and here’s another for the list!