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Adayar to face seven rivals in Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot
Charlie Appleby’s Adayar, the winner of 2021 Derby and King George, is set to compete against a maximum of seven other horses in the prestigious Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday. The son of Frankel had an outstanding performance when he won both Epsom and Ascot races two years ago but his four-year-old campaign was interrupted last season due to injuries.
The five-year-old horse made only two appearances on track during his previous campaign. However, he emerged victorious from his comeback race at Doncaster and finished second in the Champion Stakes. He proved that he still has what it takes after beating Anmaat, a subsequent Group One winner, in last month’s Gordon Richards Stakes at Newmarket.
Adayar is now one of the favourites for winning the Group One feature on day two of this year’s Royal meeting along with Aidan O’Brien’s Luxembourg. The Camelot colt is following a tried-and-tested route as he recently won Tattersalls Gold Cup at Curragh – making it his third win at Group One level.
Luxembourg likely to challenge Adayar for victory
Sir Michael Stoute’s Bay Bridge might also give Adayar some tough competition as Bay Bridge had defeated him during Champion stakes back in October 2020 and was only half a length behind Luxembourg when they met again few weeks ago. Bolshoi Ballet by O’Brien which appears as if it could be O’Brien’s second string; Dubai Honour & My Prospero trained by William Haggas; Mostahdaf by John and Thady Gosden; Kenny McPeek’s Classic Causeway completes potential field along with American raider.
The seven-race card for the Royal Ascot event will kick off with the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes. A total of 33 speedy juvenile fillies are set to compete in this race, including leading contenders such as Born To Rock by Jane Chapple-Hyam, Beautiful Diamond and Crimson Advocate by Karl Burke – who is a trans-Atlantic challenger for George Weaver.
Joseph O’Brien has strong hand in Duke of Cambridge Stakes
In another Group Two on this year’s Royal Ascot card – the Duke of Cambridge Stakes; Joseph O’Brien seems to have a particularly strong team with three out of fifteen fillies still competing. Jumbly, Goldana & Honey Girl are some fierce competitors from his camp. John Gosden hopes that Laurel can show her true colours during the one-mile contest after an unsatisfactory performance against boys during Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
Gosden said in a statement: “I think she somewhat over-raced and was too fresh (in the Lockinge). The Shadwell horse (Mutasaabeq) went at blistering gallop which made her take Frankie on and naturally paid price between two horses.”
“Having got that behind now – exuberance & freshness – I hope she will run more of a race where she builds rhythm and finish strongly.” says Gosden about his filly’s chances.
A total of 61 horses ready to compete in Royal Hunt Cup
A total of 33 entries have been made for Kensington Palace Fillies’ Handicap while 61 horses have stood their ground for Royal Hunt Cup with Migration heading weights and King’s Saga also among potential winners. Arrest heads twenty-two contenders for Queen’s Vase while forty-six go forward concluding Windsor Castle stakes.