A year ago, Camelot won the Derby and the horse will now make his debut at this racecourse to compete in the Prince of Wales Stakes, although Al Kazeem looks set to go off favourite for what should be a fascinating renewal.
Meanwhile, the Royal Hunt Cup is a veritable stampede of a race, with a large field set to go hammer and tongs in search of the prize money, although Dance and Dance has been the most heavily backed horse in the race to date.
Prince of Wales Stakes
It’s the 150th anniversary of this race and it should be an encounter to savour, with eleven horses entered for a contest which is run over a mile and two furlongs.
Camelot was a huge star of the 2012 flat season by winning the Derby and recent surgery saw the horse make a winning return to the track by landing victory at the Curragh, although a subsequent run at the same track saw the impressive Al Kazeem lower the horse’s colours.
Trainer Roger Charlton was really encouraged by the five-year-old’s performance that day and believes that victory in the Prince of Wales Stakes is a reasonable likelihood, with the bookies making Al Kazeem the 2/1 favourite (William Hill).
“He’s a magnificent horse and patience has been rewarded,” said Charlton. “At the moment he’s in great form and is lightly raced.
“He was impressive in Ireland and I see no reason why he wouldn’t have a great chance in the Prince of Wales’s.”
Not that this is a two-horse race, with Maxios available at 5/1 (William Hill) and the five-year-old has impressed on his three seasonal outings to date, all of which have taken place at Longchamp in France.
The Fugue runs for John Gosden and it will be the four-year-old’s first outing since November when finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf race after being sent off as favourite.
Royal Hunt Cup
There has been a gamble on Dance and Dance for what is always a wide-open contest, with the Royal Hunt Cup essentially a one-mile stampede which will deliver plenty of big-priced horses into the frame.
The Ed Vaughan-trained charge is currently 12/1 to win this race although the Irish raider hasn’t done a lot to suggest he will claim the spoils, having finished well down the pecking order at York last month.
Stirring Ballad is a similar price and Andrew Balding has booked Richard Hughes to ride a four-year-old who has been among the places in his last three outings. Prince of Johane and Educate will also make the cut-off, while Excellent Guest won a competitive heat at Ascot in May and could go very well.