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Royal Ascot Ultimate Guide - 2019-06-06

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WEDNESDAY 3.40 PRINCE OF WALES’S STAKES

JAMES HILL

Contenders must have recorded a Racing Post Rating of at least 120 In fact, some recent winners have been well north of this figure on their previous form, although last year’s victor Poet’s Word was one of the few who had failed to surpass it in previous starts. Nevertheless, 120 is fairly lofty figure. In fact, prior to Poet’s Word, all of the winners going back to 2000 – when it became a Group 1 – had run in the top grade on their previous start. It’s no bad thing to look to foreign fields to find the winner either, with seven having won a Group 1 outside Britain and Ireland since 2006. As well as this, five of the last eight winners ran on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan. For olders horses, the best guide could be last year’s race, as four of the last seven winners aged five or older had run in this 12 months previously. Verdict Magical comes into this at the top of her game after landing the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last time. That’s a race which has a proved a fruitful trial for Aidan O’brien’s contenders down the years. This filly has Group 1-winning form at the track and, but for Enable, would have won at the top level overseas too.

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