Prince Of Wales’s Stakes tips – A Shin Hikari can grab first royal win for Japan

Prince Of Wales's Stakes tips – A Shin Hikari can grab first royal win for Japan

A Shin Hikari

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Betting Tip: @ 4/6 with bet365

The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes is a Group 1 contest for colts and geldings over 1m2f and this year’s renewal could see history in the making with A Shin Hikari bidding to become the first Japanese winner at the meeting.

Who’s favourite?
This Group 1 revolves around A Shin Hikari, who is a best-priced 8/11 with Sky Bet to become Japan’s first Royal Ascot winner. It’s easy to see why he’s so short as few Group 1s are won quite as emphatically as the son of Deep Impact landed the Prix d’Ispahan at Chantilly in May on heavy ground, with four previous Group 1 winners left toiling in his wake. December’s Hong Kong Cup success on good ground proved that was no fluke as well as showing his versatility over the ground and, if reproducing the form of those last two victories, he will be unbeatable here. The only caveat being he looks a better horse from the front and his jockey Yutaka Take will have to get the fractions right.

Who else is fancied?
His rivals have been whittled down to just five and they are headed by Aidan O’Brien’s Found, a high-class filly in her own right who has been kept busy since flopping at odds-on on her reappearance in early April. She made amends when landing a Group 3 at the Curragh on her next start, only to find Fascinating Rock (back at the Curragh) and Postponed (Epsom) too good in her two starts since. She looks sure to run her race, providing her exertions haven’t caught up with her, but she has a whopping 9lb to find on the ratings with the Japanese runner.

The Grey Gatsby, rated 2lb her superior, has been a wonderful servant to connections and is running in his eleventh consecutive Group 1 contest, a run which includes a couple of victories; the Prix Du Jockey Club and Irish Champion Stakes. He’s best over this trip but wants decent ground ideally and some place money might be the best his connections can hope for.

Any decent outsiders?
My Dream Boat finished fifth behind a Shin Hikari at Chantilly and would have finished a lot closer with a clear run. He relishes cut in the ground and hails from the bang-in-form Clive Cox stable, responsible for Kings’ Stand winner Profitable, so he may run far better than his 16/1 price tag would suggest.

The remaining runners, Western Hymn and Tryster, are much harder to fancy.

Best bookie offer?
Betfair are offering new customers 10/1 on A Shin Hikari, albeit to a maximum stake of £5, with any winnings paid out as free bets.

Who’s going to win?
It’s impossible to oppose A SHIN HIKARI and you could argue that the 8/11 is value given his superiority on the ratings. But he’s far too short for most punters and the suggestion is a speculative straight forecast with the Cox runner.


A Shin Hikari-My Dream Boat straight forecast

Betting Tip: @ 4/6 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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