Prince of Wales's Stakes 2023: Mostahdaf simply majestic

The bookmakers were the ones left smiling at Royal Ascot this afternoon, when the feature G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes 2023 was won in thoroughly dominant fashion by 10-1 boilover Mostahdaf, who left a field of top-class G1 winners trailing in his wake as he stormed clear to take the £1m contest by four lengths.

Breeders Cup Odds

Prince of Wales’s Stakes

G1, £1,000,000, 1m 2f turf (round), 4yo+

Mostahdaf makes it look easy

Another major race at Royal Ascot, another shock result. The marquee Prince of Wales’s had attracted four top-notch contenders but they were all upstaged by a freakish performance from 10-1 shot Mostahdaf, who posted his first victory at G1 level when drawing off to beat the favoured Luxembourg and Adayar.

It was expected to be a tactical contest with just six runners and no obvious pace angle, and Luxembourg broke smartly and went to the lead with US raider Classic Causeway for company, although they didn’t go very fast. That pair were still on the front end as they turned into the straight, but behind them Mostahdaf was cruising under jockey Jim Crowley and he surged down the outside and into the lead a quarter of a mile out – and simply kept going.

The fifth-choice stretched right away to score by four lengths, with Luxembourg tenacious in turning back the challenge of 2021 Epsom Derby winner Adayar to keep second place by a half-length. My Prospero was a one-paced fourth and Classic Causeway dropped right out to be last, beaten 18 lengths.

“He enjoyed the ground, it was perfect for him,” said veteran trainer John Gosden, who shares the licence with his son Thady and was in the winner’s enclosure for the first time this week. “He likes to run fresh, and he’s been going over a mile and a half but we’ll stick to ten furlongs with him now.

“Last time out in Dubai he took on probably the best horse in the world in Equinox, and tried to make a race of it but the other horse was in a different league. I was expecting him to pick up well today but not to make them look like they were standing still – on fast ground he’s brilliant.”

Mostahdaf, a five-year-old son of supersire Frankel, had never previously won above G3 level, but with this breakthrough – taking his career bankroll to more than £1.8 million – he has thrust himself into contention for all the big international middle-distance races.

He will now be pointed towards the G1 Juddmonte International at York on August 23, but given that his trainer intends to keep him to ten furlongs, the Breeders’ Cup Turf – this was a win-and-in for that race – seems an unlikely target.

Classic Causeway may have come up short, but the US challenge had hit the jackpot earlier in the afternoon, when juvenile filly Crimson Advocate led all the way to win the G2 Queen Mary by a nose for trainer George Weaver and jockey John Velazquez.

Prince of Wales’s Stakes 2023 Payouts

HorseWin (£)Place (£)
1. Mostahdaf13.106.00
2. Luxembourg 1.45
3. Adayar 

Winning time: 2m 05.95s

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