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    12 June 2023

    “Prince of Wales’s Stakes: Desert Crown Withdrawn Due to Setback Regulations”

    Desert Crown to Miss Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot

    The excitement for the upcoming Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot took a dive when Sir Michael Stoute confirmed that Desert Crown will miss the 10-furlong Group One contest on June 21. The Derby winner was all set for an epic showdown with Adayar, Luxembourg, and stablemate Bay Bridge before a routine canter under Ted Durcan revealed he was lame on Saturday morning.

    Despite producing an outstanding piece of work under Ryan Moore just two days earlier, Desert Crown has been forced to withdraw from the race. According to Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail- “I knew they weren’t happy with him yesterday morning.” He added: “He worked well on Wednesday. His general work practice is to go steady early and quicken.”

    Desert Crown made a comeback last month at Sandown in Brigadier Gerard Stakes after picking up an ankle injury. Although he looked better than ever beforehand, Hukum managed to defeat him in the dying strides by coming back similarly after one year off-track.

    Adayar and Luxembourg Battle it Out

    In Desert Crown’s absence, fans are keeping their eyes peeled for Charlie Appleby-trained Adayar and Aidan O’Brien’s Luxembourg as they battle it out for Prince of Wales’s favouritism. Last month Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Luxembourg landed Ballydoyle handler his victory against Bay Bridge which gives him good odds this time too.

    “The plan is to go for the Prince of Wales’s,” said O’Brien while speaking about his horse Pearls And Rubies’ victory at Navan recently. He further added, “What was good the last day was that it showed he didn’t mind being ridden in front if he had to be. (We have) options.”

    Desert Crown’s absence from the race will undoubtedly make a difference, but fans are still waiting with bated breath for an exciting showdown between Adayar and Luxembourg.

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