JAPAN can be big in Royal Ascot for the second time by taking today’s Prince Of Wales Stakes. At last year’s royal meeting Aidan O’Brien’s colt was a hit in the King Edward VII Stakes when beating Bangkok. He followed up that success when thumping Crystal Ocean, the joint highest rated horse in Europe last year, at York.
In the Arc de Triomphe JAPAN (3.00, nap) was not disgraced when fourth behind Waldgeist at Longchamp in October.
The rain will add to Addeybb’s chances. He comes here in cracking form after two Group 1 victories in Australia.
Headman has yet to prove himself in this company.Barney Roy has some solid form at the track but is better over a shorter trip.
Following a gelding operation MAYDANNY (1.15, treble) has been a revelation. He bolted up at Yarmouth and is paying the price off a 10lb higher mark but remains on a winnable mark.
There might not be cheering crowds at this year’s meeting but there will be plenty of corks popping in front of the television if Frankie Dettori and FIRST RECEIVER (1.50, nb) win for the Queen.
The colt lacks the credentials of his rivals, but this Derby hope was mightily impressive when winning at Kempton earlier in the month.
Michael Stoute, the colt’s trainer, took the prize last year with Sangarius who just happened to be ridden by Dettori.
The step up to 12 furlongs will be ideal for KIPPS (2.25) in the King George V Stakes.
He put in an eye-catching performance when beaten a nose by Walkonby, received 12lb, at Haydock over 10 furlongs.
After running in Listed and Group 1 company BELL ROCK (3.35) appreciated the drop-in grade when beating Ouzo in handicap company at Newmaket.
Andrew Balding’s runner picks up a penalty for that success but still remains on a respectable mark.
Wesley Ward, the fast gun in the west, looks to have another star in SUNSHINE CITY (4.10) who represents the Kentucky trainer in the Windsor Castle Stakes.
To enhance her chances, Ward, successful 10 times at the meeting, has booked his mate Dettori to ride the filly.
At Last year’s meeting FUJAIRA PRINCE (4.40) ran a cracker when third behind Baghdad in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes.
He clearly had a problem as he has been off the track since that run but the word from Newmarket suggests he is ready and surprisingly runs of the same mark as he carried last year.