15:00 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Odds & Tips – 16th June 2021

Armory could spring at surprise at Ascot in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes

Oisin Murphy / Berkshire ©IMAGO / Shutterstock June 15, 2021

The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes is the only Group 1 fixture that is happening at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

This one features the return of LOVE who is heading up the market as the favourite for the win currently.

But there are some very strong challenges to come in from LORD NORTH and ARMORY in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

We take a look at all seven of the declared runners for the race, which is over a 1m 2f trip.

Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Odds

Love 6/4
Lord North 9/4
Armory 10/3
Audarya 12/1
My Oberon 28/1
Sangarius 28/1
Desert Encounter 80/1
* (odds recorded at 21:09 GMT on April 27th, 2021 at William Hill)

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Love the 6/4 FAV in Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Odds

The high-class filly LOVE returns to action for the first time after a 10-month absence. Will she shake that off to score at Royal Ascot?

Love is a 6/4 quote in Prince Of Wales’s Stakes racing odds at Royal Ascot for Wednesday* (odds recorded at 21:09 GMT on June 15th, 2021 at William Hill).

She took her form to a whole new level last season, winning the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and the Yorkshire Oaks in an undefeated campaign.

She clearly has the class and those victories were all by a comfortable margin as well. The big question here is the 10-month absence.

That’s about the only concern over this top-class performer in Royal Ascot betting.


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Lord North brings a big threat

The last time LORD NORTH was in action was in the Dubai Turf in March. He collected an impressive win in that fixture, really digging deep.

There was an injury problem for him after that which has meant that he hasn’t been seen for 81 days.

But this Royal Ascot effort looks like an obvious target for him. There are strong claims and if he is fully fit and in top form then he could take some beating.

Lord North took the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes last year, one of a couple of strong winds that he took in the previous campaign.

Franke Dettori is in the saddle and Lord North shouldn’t be too far away in the contest and lines up as the current 9/4 second-favourite* (odds recorded at 21:09 GMT on June 15th, 2021 at William Hill).

Armory brings winning form

Aiden O’Brien’s ARMORY was last seen picking up a victory 40 days ago at Chester in the Huxley Stakes. That was an easy score for him there.

He has a lot more to offer and a big advantage for him over Love and Lord North is that he is match fit.

What effect will that have on this race? The question mark will be about his ability at this level.

Armory has come up a little short before at the top level, and that includes a fourth-place finish in the Irish 2000 Guineas.

This will be the seventh attempt at a Group 1 win for Armory, but he should be featuring strongly in the push for a palace finish.

Armory is a quote of 10/3 in Royal Ascot betting odds* (odds recorded at 21:09 GMT on June 15th, 2021 at William Hill).


Last 10 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Winners

  • 2020 – Lord North, J & T Gosden, James Doyle, 5/1
  • 2019 – Crystal Ocean, Sir Michael Stoute, L Dettori, 3/1
  • 2018 – Poet’s Word, Sir Michael Stoute, James Doyle, 11/2
  • 2017 – Highland Reel, A P O’Brien, R L Moore, 9/4
  • 2016 – My Dream Boat, C Cox, A Kirby, 16/1
  • 2015 – Free Eagle, D K Weld, P J Smullen, 5/2
  • 2014 – The Fugue, J Gosden, W Buick, 11/2
  • 2013 – Al Kazeem, R Charlton, James Doyle, 11/4
  • 2012 – So You Think, A P O’Brien, J P O’Brien, 4/5
  • 2011 – Rewilding, M Al Zarooni, L Dettori, 17/2


What is to come from Audarya this season?

Looking back at the form of AUDARYA as a four-year-old, she was in top shape. It will be very interesting to see if she comes back stronger.

There could still be further improvement to come from her, but she hasn’t been seen for 7 months and may be missing an appearance effort to sharpen her up.

Audarya is a quote of 12/1 in Prince Of Wales’s Stakes betting* (odds recorded at 21:09 GMT on June 15th, 2021 at William Hill).

The last action that she had was landing the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Keeneland. That was the third win in her last four runs as well.

So her challenge is not to be dismissed. Not quite being match fit is perhaps the big question mark over her chance of scoring this.

Sangarius no forlorn hope

Sir Michael Stoute’s SANGARIUS isn’t without hope in this one as he has shaped as a classy sort.

There have been back to back second-place finishes for Sangarius this season, the most recent of those in the Huxley Stakes at Chester on his reappearance.

There was a slightly poorer performance from him at Sandown on a follow-up. But he’s not totally out of the picture and Sangarius is a former course and distance winner.

He enters as a 28/1 e/w option for Prince Of Wales’s Stakes betting* (odds recorded at 21:09 GMT on June 15th, 2021 at William Hill).

Can My Oberon find the improvement?

There was an excellent return to action for MY OBERON as he collected an impressive Group 3 win at Newmarket.

He gets the cheekpieces on for the first time in this contest, as it looks as if he is going to need some improvement to compete strongly at Royal Ascot.

My Oberon returned a nice piece of form to claim a third-place finish at Longchamp in a Group 1 effort 17 days ago.

But still, this is probably asking a lot of Willie Haggas’ 3-year-old.

Desert Encounter out of his depth?

It is fair to say that we don’t know what DESERT ENCOUNTER brings to this particular fixture as he could be well out of his depth.

He’s a decent gelding and has claimed back to back second-place finishes this season.

The most recent of those was at Goodwood over a 1m 2f trip in soft conditions in May.

It looks like he has a lot on his plate here and the 80/1 odds reflect that* (odds recorded at 21:09 GMT on June 15th, 2021 at William Hill).

Predictions & Tips for Prince Of Wales’s Stakes Racing Odds

This is a fascinating contest because we questions about the match fitness of LOVE and LORD NORTH in it.

That just adds a very interesting spin. What that does is put ARMORY firmly in the frame for us as a 10/3 option* (odds recorded at 21:09 GMT on June 15th, 2021 at William Hill).

There was an impressive run from him on his reappearance at Chester, which will have sharpened him up well enough.

LOVE is fascinating as she developed into a high-class filly last season and shouldn’t be without hope. If all of these were even fitness then she takes it, we feel.

She is still worth firm considerations at a quote of 6/4* (odds recorded at 21:09 GMT on June 15th, 2021 at William Hill).

The final one for the shortlist is AUDARYA who looked to be going big places last year.

Fitness is a slight concern, but then it is for most of the big players in this one. She isn’t without claims from 12/1* (odds recorded at 21:09 GMT on June 15th, 2021 at William Hill).

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