Prince Of Wales’s Stakes 2011 

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Rewilding Claims Prince of Wales's Stakes

1 Rewilding 17/2
2 So You Think 4/11 Fav
7 ran Distances: nk, 6l, ½l
TIME 2m 4.24s (fast by 1.76s)

Rewilding provided the surprise result of the meeting so far when overturning Australian superstar and long odds-on favourite So You Think by a neck in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes to give the Godolphin team its fifth win in the race and second-season trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni his first at the Royal Meeting.

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Frankie Dettori, who won this race in consecutive years on Fantastic Light (2001) and Grandera (2002), said of Rewilding who was a 17/2 chance: “That’s one of the best fights there’s been for a while.

“Two great champions fought to the line. That was one of those epic Royal Ascot races that we’ll remember for a while. My fellow doesn’t get the credit he deserves but now we know the key is not to over-race him.

“He ticked a lot of boxes today. I’m overwhelmed. I only have three days here (at Ascot) this year and the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes is one of the great races of the season so it’s great to win it again. It doesn’t get better than this.”

Al Zarooni said: “We always plan the races with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and he said that we needed a fast pace so we put Debussy in to make sure it was fast.

“It’s a dream to win big races like this, especially in England. I am very happy and Sheikh Mohammed was the first one to tell me that Rewilding should run when fresh. It has worked in every race.”

Simon Crisford, racing manager for Godolphin, said: “Rewilding takes a while to get into his rhythm and that’s why Frankie gets on well with him. He gets him into that rhythm and then he’s got that great finishing touch.

“I expect we’ll look at the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (back at Ascot on Saturday, July 23) now and go back to a mile and a half, but we’ll see what Sheikh Mohammed says. He [Rewilding] really needs to have his races well spaced out so hopefully the King George should be just about right and then he could run in the Champion Stakes later in the year (at Ascot on Saturday, October 15).”

Sheikh Mohammed, the driving force behind Godolphin, said: “All the races give you pleasure but this is a special one because of the way Rewilding was trained and prepared for this race after winning in Dubai.

“He has speed so we thought we would try this shorter distance and he did it - he was the better horse.

“There has to be a special way of training this horse and the trainer did very well.

“We know this horse much better now - I was always hopeful that he would win because I knew he would stay on as well as have speed.

“We will see how Rewilding is tomorrow and then decide where to go next.”


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
M Al Zarooni
L Dettori
9st 0lbs
17 - 2
So You Think
A P O'Brien
R L Moore
9st 0lbs
4 - 11
Sri Putra
R Varian
N Callan
9st 0lbs
66 - 1
6 lengths
E Lellouche
C Soumillon
9st 0lbs
11 - 2
1/2 length
Twice Over
H R A Cecil
T P Queally
9st 0lbs
14 - 1
10 lengths
Jan Vermeer
A P O'Brien
J P O'Brien
9st 0lbs
28 - 1
43 lengths
M Al Zarooni
Ahmed Ajtebi
9st 0lbs
66 - 1
95 lengths


So You Think
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So You Think

Australian superstar So You Think was turned over at odds of 4/11 when going down by a neck to Rewilding in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

“It was more my fault than anyone else’s that he got beaten and all I can say is sorry. I think I just didn’t have him fit enough,” said So You Think’s trainer Aidan O’Brien. “I probably didn’t get stuck into him enough at home and he had a heavy blow after the race.

“I would expect plenty of improvement from him. He got tired and was just caught by Frankie (Dettori) in the last half furlong and was beaten by a horse that gets a mile and a half well.

“Because he won his first two races so easily I didn’t want to change things at home. His work has always been incredibly good, he does a demolition job at home and I think that maybe he needed to have done a bit extra because he has such a capacity for work

“Obviously the Eclipse is a definite possibility but as always we’ll go home and talk it over with the lads after this week.”

Jockey Ryan Moore added: “He was a bit gassy in the first two furlongs and then just didn’t pick up at the end.”



Sultan Ahmad Shah expressed pride in Sri Putra after the Roger Varian-trained five-year-old carried the owner's colours to third place in the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes.

The 66/1 shot, partnered by Neil Callan, finished six lengths behind the front pair of Rewilding and the vanquished favourite So You Think in the 10-furlong showpiece.

The Sultan commented: "I am very proud to have a horse running in a Group One race here at Royal Ascot.

"He ran in the Eclipse Stakes last year but I will talk to my trainer about where we will run him next time."

A further half a length back in fourth was the French hope, Planteur, winner of the Group One Prix Ganay on his previous start and sent off at 11/2 under Christophe Soumillon.

Trainer Elie Lellouche said of the Wildenstein Family's four-year-old: "I am naturally a bit disappointed with that performance and I have no explanation. I have no plans at this moment."

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