The feature race on Day 2 of Royal Ascot is the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and our team of tipsters and writers have had their say on who is likely to come out on top on Wednesday afternoon. Check out their thoughts below, along with a new customer sign-up at Betfred, who are offering new customers a Bet £10 – Get £60 In Free Bets Bonus.
There’s no pace on in this contest, and that will be a big concern. Still, the class should come to the fore, and there are none classier than the improving BAY BRIDGE. He is on a sharp rise to the top on the evidence of his seasonal return win at Sandown, and he has overcome a pace disadvantage previously showing a useful turn of foot. He recorded an excellent figure at Sandown, and this doesn’t look like the strongest Group 1 in the world, so this looks like a fantastic opportunity to grab his first Group 1 win.
I’m with BAY BRIDGE. I’m still kicking myself for not backing him at Sandown. He slaughtered them that day and this race looks tailor-made for him and he looks like a typical Stoute improver going through the handicap ranks. You just look at him and think he’s going to be pretty hard to beat.
The only Group 1 on Wednesday and I’m being very unoriginal here I’m afraid. I’m with the favourite BAY BRIDGE who looks to be a superstar. He’s priced up accordingly and I think he will take a world of beating.
The irony is that BAY BRIDGE is the only one of this quintet without a Group 1. However, with Lord North seemingly beyond his peak, Grand Glory better on softer and Shahryar having won both of his top tier events over 1m4f, there are reasons to side with Sir Michael Stoute’s four-year-old. State Of Rest could prove the danger though he has been peculiarly superior when globetrotting compared to in Britain and Ireland.
Bay Bridge, meanwhile, looked superb and progressive when trouncing a decent field in the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown recently. His winning streak may have begun in a Newcastle novice event last April, but all he has done is improve since. His unbeaten run can be extended to six while continuing a fine month for Stoute.
Although he failed to win either of his two starts as a juvenile, BAY BRIDGE has quickly developed into a highly-talented colt for trainer Sir Michael Stoute, winning his last five starts and establishing himself as a Group 1 winner in the making.
After winning each of his four starts as a three-year-old, the son of New Bay continued his rapid progression in the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown last month, dismantling a strong field to win going away by five widening lengths and, in doing so, provided Sir Michael Stoute with a remarkable twelfth win in that particular contest. Connections will be confident he can follow in the hoofprints of 2018 winner Poet’s Word and record a famous Brigadier Gerard / Prince Of Wales’s Stakes double on Wednesday afternoon.
I’m struggling to see past BAY BRIDGE here, who was ultra-impressive in landing the Brigadier Gerard by 5l last month. He’s just an archetypal Sir Michael Stoute performer in that he is improving for age and for racing, whilst an official rating of 121 is already the highest of these runners. Joseph O’Brien’s State Of Rest looked like an unlucky loser at the Curragh last time and could prove the main danger to the favourite.
Bay Bridge will be a tough nut to crack here, but if there are any chinks in his armour you can be sure STATE OF REST will expose them. The step-up in trip has worked wonders for him, winning two of the three Group 1’s, before finishing a close third in the Tattersalls Gold Cup last month. He just gave himself too much to do that day, so if Shane Crosse gives him a better ride here he could surprise the market leader at an attractive price.
Currently around 6/1 at the time of writing, it’s even worth backing him each-way, so he looks a fantastic option to take on Bay Bridge. Bay Bridge was impressive last time out but this is his first attempt in Group 1 company and he may not be able to repeat that effort. Japanese raider Shahryar has been racing over slightly longer distances lately and may not appreciate the step back in trip. State Of Rest has impressed in all four of his rides around this sort of distance, so at the prices, I’m happy to side with him.
The obvious one here is Bay Bridge who looks a likely type for Sir Michael Stoute who excels with this type of horse. However, the 11/10 odds are a little prohibitive in what could be a tactical affair, I’m keen to forgive STATE OF REST for his latest 3rd in the Tattersalls Gold Cup where he was given far too much to do. Hopefully, this test should be much more suitable and the globetrotting star who has won at the top level could prove to be far too big at around 11/2.
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