Princess Of Wales's boylesports.com Stakes (Group 2) 1m 4f
- (3yo+, 1m 4f, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360 5th £2,690 6th £1,350
- Going: Good to Firm (Watered)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 28.45s
- Off time: 14:44:15
Grandeur (IRE) 208
|4||131 9-5||J Noseda||William Buick||117||7/1|
Universal (IRE) 19
|4||131 9-5||M Johnston||J Fanning||114||3/1f|
Ahzeemah (IRE) 103
|4||128 9-2 p||Saeed bin Suroor||M Barzalona||111||13/2|
|7||128 9-2||Saeed bin Suroor||S De Sousa||115||7/2|
Danadana (IRE) 42
|5||128 9-2||L M Cumani||R L Moore||111||10/3|
Wigmore Hall (IRE) 68
|6||128 9-2||M L W Bell||J P Spencer||114||5/1|
||5||813||Lady Cecil||T P Queally||113||WD|
||4||9-2||Sir Michael Stoute||R L Moore||11/2|
There's little between these on official ratings though penalties for both Grandeur and Universal makes their tasks that much tougher. Ahzeemah found stablemate Cavalryman too good over 2m at Meydan early in the year but it could be a different story over today's shorter trip while the dual Group 1 winner at Woodbine, Wigmore Hall, may well reverse latest running in the Jockey Club Stakes on better terms with Universal. Wild Coco is hard to keep right but won both starts last season including the Park Hill at Doncaster when last seen at the track in September. She's not easily overlooked but DANADANA is given another chance. The slow ground was a legitimate excuse for a below effort at Sandown last time and he'd been impressive before that when winning the Huxley Stakes at Chester despite looking ill at ease on that quirky track. Expected to stay this longer trip, Luca Cumani's charge gets the vote.
Wild Coco (GER) 7-4fav (9-4) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Doncaster 1m 7f Grp 2 flls (1) gd in Sep beating Hazel Lavery (8-6) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Universal (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Led 1f, tracked leader, left in lead and slightly hampered inside final mile, clear 5f out until 3f out, ridden and headed inside final 2f, chased winner until over 1f out, dropped to 4th 1f out, rallied to 3rd post, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Thomas Chippendale (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Ahzeemah (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) 2nd of 10, 3l behind Cavalryman (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 2m Grp 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Cavalryman 3-1fav (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, headway on outside over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, no impression when dropped to 4th inside final furlong, weakened to 5th final 50 yards, 5th of 10, 8l behind Gloomy Sunday (8-11) at Sandown 2m Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Grandeur (IRE) 16-10fav (8-8) Came out str,led 1/16, won at Betfair Hollywood Park(USA) 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gd in Dec beating Interaction (8-6) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Wigmore Hall (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Keen tracked leaders, ridden and slightly outpaced approaching 2f out, not troubled leaders, 3rd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Universal (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gf in May.
Danadana (IRE) 9-4 (9-3) Held up in 4th, pushed along 4f out, ridden and struggling over 2f out, never involved, last of 5, 17l behind Mukhadram (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gs in May.