Newmarket

  • 14:40 Princess Of Wales's boylesports.com Stakes 1m 4f

  • Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 (7) 14-4110 Royal blue, white cap Excellent Result (IRE) 103
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-5 Saeed bin Suroor K Fallon 113 1001
2 (8) 2-1111 Pale Blue, White and Yellow check cap Arab Spring (IRE) 19
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-2 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 112 1001
3 (4) 1536-12 Royal blue Cavalryman 103
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 9-2 Saeed bin Suroor S De Sousa 115 1001
4 (5) 22125-6 yellow, dark blue seams, yellow cap Dandino 19
Nag meDistance Winner
7 9-2 M Botti Martin Harley 114 1001
6 (2) 346-022 DARK BLUE, YELLOW cap Hillstar 19
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-2 Sir Michael Stoute L Dettori 113 1001
7 (1) 131-223 Red, Black spots and sleeves, Red cap Pether's Moon (IRE) 19
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-2 R Hannon R Hughes 112 1001
Non runners
5 (3)22-2112Gatewood69-2J H M GosdenW Buick105
8 (6)630-106Seismos (IRE)69-2M BottiAndrea Atzeni112

Verdict

Sir Michael Stoute has won this five times in the past 10 years and looks to have a strong chance of continuing the sequence. ARAB SPRING has progressed with every run and deserves his chance in this grade after completing a four-timer when carrying a huge weight in Ascot's Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap. He's taking on much better opposition here and will need to improve again but should do so and a five-timer beckons. His stablemate Hillstar is a regular at this sort of level but hasn't won since landing the King Edward VII Stakes last June. He would have finished closer to another stable companion, Telescope, in the Hardwicke Stakes but for failing to get a clear run and it will be a surprise if he's not involved in the finish. Pether's Moon was just behind in third in that latter event having had every chance while Dandino was a further six lengths behind, though that was his first start since a fine run in the Melbourne Cup and it should have brought him on for this. Gatewood beat Pether's Moon at Ascot in May but his best form is at Listed level while Cavalryman only finished third in this a year ago and is better over further.