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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
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 28.45s
  • Off time: 14:44:15
  • Last Updated: July 11 2013, 15:11 BST

Universal made all to win the Group Two Princess of Wales's Stakes under Joe Fanning.

Universal wins the Princess of Wales's Stakes
Universal wins the Princess of Wales's Stakes

The Hardwicke Stakes third was allowed to set his own fractions in front and stayed on strongly from the three-furlong pole to see off allcomers.

Sent off the 3/1 favourite, Fanning's mount answered every question and although Ahzeemah briefly looked as if he might throw down a challenge over a furlong out, the winner went on again and was stretching away at the line to score by two and a half lengths.

"He's very game and travels nicely out the front, I felt he'd kept plenty in the tank at the top of the hill." said Fanning.

"It's hard to believe how much he has improved. Since he came back from Dubai, he has just improved and improved.

"He was bouncing off that ground today and I think he does like a sound surface. When I kicked I thought it would take a good one to get by me."

Universal does hold an entry in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 27, but winning trainer Mark Johnston has other targets in mind.

Johnston said: "He's been fantastic since he came back from Dubai. He ran one good race there and has been a complete revelation since he returned home.

"We were running him over a mile and a quarter mostly last year and always thought he would stay further.

"It would be very interesting to see this horse over a mile and six furlongs in something like the Irish St Leger. You'd have to think another couple of furlongs would be better for him.

"He's in the King George. The heart says King George, the head would maybe say things like the Irish Leger, the Canadian International and the Japan Cup. Those would be the dreams that are in my head at the moment.

"He's not an international horse yet, but he looks like he could be."

Saeed bin Suroor, trainer of Ahzeemah and the third-home Cavalryman, said: "The trip was a bit short for the two of them. A mile and six or two miles would be better.

"We'll keep our options, both here and abroad. There are targets for them in Germany."


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