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  • Al Kazeem Crowned Prince

Prince Of Wales's Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 1m 2f

  • (4yo+, 1m 2f, Class 1, 11 runners)
  • Winner £283,550 2nd £107,500 3rd £53,800 4th £26,800 5th £13,450 6th £6,750
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 3.06s
  • Off time: 15:45:35
  • Last Updated: June 19 2013, 20:09 BST

James Doyle picked a spectacular time to burst on to the Royal Ascot scene as Al Kazeem reined in the adventurously-ridden Mukhadram in the Prince of Wales's Stakes.

Al Kazeem: Narrowly denied Mukhadram in a thrilling finish
Al Kazeem: Narrowly denied Mukhadram in a thrilling finish

Roger Charlton has championed the cause of the bright young pilot, who has transformed from a slightly unfashionable grafter into one of the sport's leading names since his accomplished display on the stable's Cityscape in last year's Dubai Duty Free.

And the 25-year-old rider was to exploit his winning baptism at the prestigious summer meeting in quite incredible fashion by going on to capture the next two races, the Royal Hunt Cup and Queen Mary Stakes.

Doyle needed his wits about him in the feature, as Paul Hanagan had launched an audacious bid for glory on Mukhadram by stealing an advantage of at least three lengths.

At stages even in the home straight he looked like he might maintain the lead but 11/4 chance Al Kazeem had him in his sights at the furlong-pole and collared him with 50 yards to go.

Charlton had already shown huge skill in coaxing Al Kazeem back from a fractured pelvis to beat Camelot in last month's Tattersalls Gold Cup and the rest of his season will now be geared around the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Camelot himself, the 5/2 favourite, was one of those apparently caught unawares by Hanagan, whose mount was hardly a no-hoper but would have nonetheless been causing a notable surprise.

Camelot was only fourth, passed by The Fugue late on, but the action was developing further up the track as Doyle encouraged Al Kazeem past Mukhadram and a neck ahead at the post.

Doyle said: "I thought Paul gave his horse a fantastic ride, he got his fractions right. He kept filling his horse up got a couple of lengths on me turning in and I had to make them up.

"I was a little concerned on the turn but I've won on this horse every time I've sat on him and he has filled me with great confidence.

"Royal Ascot is so tough, you go there full of hope and expectation and it can end in disappointment. You grow up wanting to ride Royal Ascot winners, so it's an amazing feeling."

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Charlton insisted that the trust he invested in Doyle is a two-way deal.

"I'd like to compliment James," he said. "He's a young jockey who in the past had not ridden good horses but I have found him to be sensible, honest, and a very nice person to deal with.

"A lot of owners could say 'get Johnny Murtagh or whoever' but they stuck with him. We've asked him questions and he has delivered, but you can't do it without the horse."

After assuming control from Jeremy Tree at historic Beckhampton, Charlton quickly secured the Derby in 1990 but Al Kazeem has already surpassed Quest For Fame in his hierarchy.

Roger Charlton on Al Kazeem "There are a lot of lovely races and without discussing with the owners I don't know where next. Like most people I'd love to have a runner in the Arc and if we go there maybe the King George would be next."
Roger Charlton on Al Kazeem

"He's pretty close," he said. "Cityscape produced a brilliant effort but has not produced it since. Quest For Fame winning the Derby was special but it wasn't a good Derby and this is probably a better horse.

"You need to have a lot of patience in this game, it's what Sir Henry Cecil always said, but it's expensive, patience.

"It's difficult when you have a lot of offers especially as the prize money isn't great in Britain. The owner (John Deer) didn't sell and he has a horse who can be a stallion prospect. I'm lucky to have him.

"I've always longed to have a runner in the Arc. I think he needs an Arc preparation and not run too close to the race.

"Maybe we could go to the King George and then to the Arc. The Eclipse is 17 days away, which he would be favourite for. The horse will tell us."

Hanagan would have loved to secure his first British Group One for retaining owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, and said: "He fought back against a very good horse all the way up the straight. I couldn't have asked for more from him.

"When I kicked I thought he had it won, that it would take a very good horse to beat me and that's what happened."

He was praised by Haggas, who said: "I can't begin to tell you how good a ride that was.

"The horse has run his guts out and the trainer has lost his voice.

"We've always loved him."

Mukhadram was ruled out of Saturday's Hardwicke Stakes immediately.

John Gosden was thrilled with The Fugue and will consider the likes of the Nassau Stakes and King George, while Aidan O'Brien said of Camelot: "He'd had a tough winter [having to battle off an attack of colic] and you've got to bear that in mind.

"We've always been very conscious of what he's been through but maybe now is the time to start chasing him. There are a lot of options - the Eclipse and races like that."


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