Prince Of Wales's Stakes Guide

1. CRYSTAL OCEAN

T - Sir Michael Stoute

J - Frankie Dettori

Top class performer for Sir Michael Stoute, who is a four-time Group Two winner but has yet to win at the top-level [G1].

Come through his usual pre-season preparation with effortless wins at Newbury and Sandown, and is ready for a summer of big-race targets.

Opted to run here instead of the Hardwicke - which he won impressively last season, and must be considered to make the frame under Frankie Dettori for the first time.

2. DESERT ENCOUNTER

T - David Simcock

J - Jim Crowley

Perhaps past it with age now, and his smart successes of old seem far away now.

Two efforts this term - both in Meydan, finishing a good third to Old Persian in a Group Two, before failing to fire behind the same opponent in the Sheema Classic.

Back on home soil is a plus, but treading in deep waters here.

3. HUNTING HORN

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - tbc

Course and distance winner last season when prevailing in the Hampton Court Stakes, but has failed to get his head back in front since then in nine starts.

Also nought from seven at the top level, O'Brien has expected more despite chucking him in the deep end in most appearances, including when last but three in the Arc at Longchamp.

Further trouble expected here.

4. WALDGEIST

T - Andre Fabre

J - Pierre-Charles Boudout

Andre Fabre is a regular winner at this meeting, and has a leading chance in the shape of Waldgeist, winner of the Prix Ganay this season.

Returned to fold after finishing fourth in the Arc behind Enable, fifth at Churchill Downs behind the same opponent in the Group One turf final, and fifth at Sha Tin in the Hong Kong Vase.

Decent efforts, but clearly usually finds more than a couple too good. Deserves his player however.

5. ZABEEL PRINCE

T - Roger Varian

J - Andrea Atzeni

Opted to skip the Queen Anne in favour of this, Zabeel Prince represents part of one of the leading pieces of form in the UK this season.

He won the Earl Of Sefton at Newmarket on return; a race that produced the Lockinge winner, a Group Two winner and Listed victor.

The six-year-old took things a step further when landing the Group One Prix d'Ispahan in France over 1m1f, and an extra furlong provides a new test.

6. DEIRDRE

T - Mitsuru Hashida

J - Yutaka Take

Parts of Japan will be staying up until the late hours to watch their raider Deirdre tackle some of Europe's best in this race.

Three starts this season, and yet to place in any of them, even her best form does not really give her much chance in this as she falls a bit short.

Can't take it away from connections though in the sense of adventure, and deserve every piece of luck.

7. MAGICAL

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - Ryan Moore

Really progressed in the last twelve months; three out of three this term including on her latest start in the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup.

She is yet to be touched by anyone in the field, and only Enable has beaten her in her last five appearances; that being in the Breeders Cup Turf in America.

The daughter of Galileo won here in the Fillies & Mares race on Champions Day, and will take all the beating here once again.

8. SEA OF CLASS

T - William Haggas

J - James Doyle

Completing the list, who could forget last year's Arc runner-up Sea Of Class, making her first appearance since that outstanding close effort at Longchamp.

The Doyler will have all of his concentration now on the filly after mixups with Masar's entries, and she will be a big chance if resuming at her best.

Unlucky not to win in France after a series of wins in Oaks-related contests.

Great to see her back, and could be a clash of the two four-year-old fillies here.

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