Prince of Wales’s Stakes

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Prince of Wales’s Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, England
  • Inaugural Race: 1862
  • Distance: 2,004 metres (10 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Right-handed, Turf
  • Age Qualifications: Four Year Olds and up
  • 2021 Purse: £750,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Wednesday, June 16th

2021 Prince of Wales’s Stakes Race Results

POSTHORSEJOCKEY / TRAINERWIN / PLACE
7Love (IRE)Ryan Moore / Aidan O'Brien$3.50 / $2.02
6Audarya (FR)William Buick / James Fanshawe$3.10
1Armory (IRE)Seamie Heffernan / Aidan O'Brien$2.30
4My Oberon (IRE)Tom Marquand / William Haggas
2Desert Encounter (IRE)Andrea Atzeni / David Simcock
5SangariusC. T. Keane / Sir Michael Stoute

Exotic Payoffs:

  • Exacta (7-6): $8.00
  • Trifecta (7-6-1): $10.00

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Prince of Wales’s Stakes Race History

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes was established in 1862 and named after the Prince of Wales at that time, the future King Edward VII. The race has been run with various restrictions and at various distances, originally longer at 1 mile and 5 furlongs. The race became Group 1 in 2000 and is currently held each June at Ascot Racecourse in England on Day 2 of the Royal Ascot meet. The Prince of Wales’s is open to 4-year-olds and up and is contested over the turf at a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,004 metres).

The Prince of Wales’s is the feature of the second day of Royal Ascot and the richest race of the meeting £750,000 ($945,000). The five day event is a magnificent International stage of racing and has drawn more than 300,000 visitors over five days, and the event is viewed in over 200 countries.

The Prince of Wales’s has undergone plenty of changes in the past 20 years. Previously, the race was also open to 3-year-olds, which gave the race more intrigue with the highest class of middle distance 3-year-olds able to compete against their older contemporaries. This use to provide more insight ahead of the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park in early July, but what the race lost in terms of age comparisons it gained in class, as it’s now a Group 1 race.

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes used to form part of a terrific trilogy of races on the opening day, (with the Queen Anne Stakes, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and the St. James’s Palace Stakes) but it was felt that the Wednesday card would be bolstered by moving the race and it has taken place on Wednesday, day 2 of the Royal Ascot meet since 2000.

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes has over time forged its way to become a significant factor in defining the champion middle distance horse of the year, as its illustrious list of former winners testifies. Previous winners include Bosra Sham (1997), Ela-Mana-Mou (1980), Brigadier Gerard (1972) and Duke of Marmalade (2008)

As part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, winners gain an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Prince of Wales’s Stakes Past Winners

YearWinnerJockey / TrainerDistance (Miles) / Time
2021LoveRyan Moore / Aidan O'Brien1 M 2 F / 2:06.86
2020Lord NorthJames Doyle / John Gosden1 M 2 F / 2:05.63
2019Crystal OceanFrankie Dettori / Michael Stoute1 M 2 F / 2:10.25
2018Poet's WordJames Doyle / Michael Stoute1 M 2 F / 2:03.51
2017Highland ReelRyan Moore / Aidan O'Brien1 M 2 F / 2:05.04
2016My Dream BoatAdam Kirby / Clive Cox1 M 2 F / 2:11.38
2015Free EaglePat Smullen / Dermot Weld1 M 2 F / 2:05.07
2014The FugueWilliam Buick / John Gosden1 M 2 F / 2:01.90
2013Al KazeemJames Doyle / Roger Charlton1 M 2 F / 2:03.06
2012So You ThinkJoseph O'Brien / Aidan O'Brien1 M 2 F / 2:03.86
2011RewildingFrankie Dettori / Mahmood Al Zarooni1 M 2 F / 2:04.24
2010BywordMaxime Guyon / André Fabre1 M 2 F / 2:05.35
2009Vision d'EtatOlivier Peslier / Eric Libaud1 M 2 F / 2:06.90
2008Duke of MarmaladeJohnny Murtagh / Aidan O'Brien1 M 2 F / 2:05.35
2007ManduroStéphane Pasquier / André Fabre1 M 2 F / 2:05.91
2006Ouija BoardOlivier Peslier / Ed Dunlop1 M 2 F / 2:06.92
2005Azamour [c]Michael Kinane / John Oxx1 M 2 F / 2:08.15
2004RaktiPhilip Robinson / Michael Jarvis1 M 2 F / 2:04.95
2003NayefRichard Hills / Marcus Tregoning1 M 2 F / 2:05.30
2002GranderaFrankie Dettori / Saeed bin Suroor1 M 2 F / 2:04.43
2001Fantastic LightFrankie Dettori / Saeed bin Suroor1 M 2 F / 2:04.40
2000Dubai MillenniumJerry Bailey / Saeed bin Suroor1 M 2 F / 2:07.48
1999Lear SpearMichael Kinane / David Elsworth1 M 2 F / 2:04.37
1998Faithful SonJohn Reid / Saeed bin Suroor1 M 2 F / 2:08.30
1997Bosra ShamKieren Fallon / Henry Cecil1 M 2 F / 2:04.16
1996First IslandMichael Hills / Geoff Wragg1 M 2 F / 2:02.76
1995MuhtarramWillie Carson / John Gosden1 M 2 F / 2:04.94
1994MuhtarramWillie Carson / John Gosden1 M 2 F / 2:05.11
1993PlacervillePat Eddery / Henry Cecil1 M 2 F / 2:08.65
1992Perpendicular [b]Willie Ryan / Henry Cecil1 M 2 F / 2:04.13
1991StagecraftSteve Cauthen / Michael Stoute1 M 2 F / 2:07.58
1990BatshoofPat Eddery / Ben Hanbury1 M 2 F / 2:06.72
1989Two TimingPat Eddery / Jeremy Tree1 M 2 F / 2:04.90
1988MtotoMichael Roberts / Alec Stewart1 M 2 F / 2:12.84
1987MtotoRichard Hills / Alec Stewart1 M 2 F / 2:07.27
1986English SpringPat Eddery / Ian Balding1 M 2 F / 2:08.80
1985Bob BackBruce Raymond / Michael Jarvis1 M 2 F / 2:05.90
1984MorconWillie Carson / Dick Hern1 M 2 F / 2:06.91
1983StanerraBrian Rouse / Frank Dunne1 M 2 F / 2:06.50
1982Kind of HushSteve Cauthen / Barry Hills1 M 2 F / 2:09.30
1981Hard FoughtWalter Swinburn / Michael Stoute1 M 2 F / 2:05.80
1980Ela-Mana-MouWillie Carson / Dick Hern1 M 2 F / 2:10.57
1979Crimson BeauLester Piggott / Paul Cole1 M 2 F / 2:06.80
1978Gunner BJoe Mercer / Henry Cecil1 M 2 F / 2:08.00
1977Lucky WednesdayJoe Mercer / Henry Cecil1 M 2 F / 2:16.10
1976Annes Pretender[a]Lester Piggott / Ryan Price1 M 2 F / 2:03.30
1975Record RunPat Eddery / Gavin Pritchard-Gordon1 M 2 F / 2:03.30
1974AdmetusMaurice Philliperon / John Cunnington1 M 2 F / 2:09.60
1973Gift CardLester Piggott / Angel Penna Sr.1 M 2 F / 2:09.40
1972Brigadier GerardJoe Mercer / Dick Hern1 M 2 F / 2:06.30
1971ArthurRon Hutchinson / John Dunlop1 M 2 F / 2:19.80
1970ConnaughtSandy Barclay / Noel Murless1 M 2 F / 2:07.30
1969ConnaughtSandy Barclay / Noel Murless1 M 2 F / 2:08.00
1968Royal PalaceSandy Barclay / Noel Murless1 M 2 F / 2:22.30