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Nic Ladds 14th Jun 2009 - 17:12

Go with Godolphin in the Prince Of Wales

Sir Michael Stoute looks this year to have a great chance of capturing his first Prince of Wales's Stakes with his Tartan Bearer who at odds of 2/1 is the current favourite.

This great race, open to horses ages four and over has been won in recent years by some of the best horses around including Ouija Board, Rakti, Dubai Millennium and last year by Aidan O'Brien's Duke Of Marmalade.

Stoute would dearly love to be able to add his name to the list of trainers who have won this Group 1 and last year's Derby second Tartan Bearer is sure to make a good fist of it.

Reports from his stable have confirmed the camp are very happy with the horse and he is working very well, however his planned run in the Tattersalls Gold Cup had to be stopped because of unsuitable ground and it will be interesting to see whether this is majorly detrimental to Tartan Bearer's chances.

He won well enough in the Gordon Richard Stakes though and you can be sure Stoute would not have his star make his seasonal reappearance in this if he did not have a great chance.

His two main market rivals are the French duo Vision D'Etat and Never On Sunday who are priced at 3/1 and 9/2 respectively.

Vision D'Etat won the French Derby last year and then finished fifth in the Arc which shows just how talented he is.

A below par reappearance this season was followed with a win in the Group 1 Prix Ganay in France and while it wasn't visually impressive as he idled once he'd hit the front, you can be sure he retains a lot of his ability and looks a serious threat to Tartan Bearer.

Never On Sunday also won his race last time out (the Group 1 Prix D'Isphahan) and that was a huge step forward and he has plenty to prove heading in to the Prince Of Wales but that's not to say he won't improve again.

His likely hold up style will need him requiring things to fall right but if they do there is a good chance he will improve.

Next in the market is 7/1 shot Twice Over who goes for Henry Cecil who knows how to win at Royal Ascot having saddled 70 winners over the years.

Last year Twice Over managed to beat subsequent superstar Raven's Pass in the Craven, however since then victories have been few and far between barring one in France in a Group 3 last year.

So far this year he has been beaten in to third twice by two of his market rivals Virtual and Tazeez.

He had some excuses due to ground and the way the race was run but he will need to get back to his best to be in with a chance of upsetting the market leaders and there is a chance he will not run if the ground is too quick.

His conqueror last time Virtual is available at 8/1 in the betting and he to may not run if the ground is too quick.

To add to this it is unclear whether he would appreciate the step up in trip as he has done most of his winning over 1m and this 1m2f may find him out.

A more interesting each way prospect could be Trincot who at odds of 8/1 is a recent acquisition for the Goldolphin team who have such a good record in this race.

Saeed bin Suroor has trained four winners of this great race, most recently with Grandera in 2002 and this ex-French runner is no forlorn home.

Having run well in some Group 1 and 2 races in France and across the world, he will have no problem with the 1m2f trip and no problem with quick ground.

You can be sure Godolphin would have bought this four-year-old if they did not think a lot of it and could well in on the scene at 8/1.

Tazeez is the other one worth mentioning at odds of 12/1 and while he will need to improve to take this it certainly looks like he has the capability to do so.

He beat Virtual already this season and won the Cambridgeshire well last year, he put in a poor run in France last time but was beaten by the soft ground and should put in a bolder show here at a good looking price.

A couple of stats worth nothing are that 9 out of the last 10 winners returned at a price of 8/1 or less while 7 out of 10 returned 4/1 or less - and this really has been a race for the market leaders over the years which suggests Tartan Bearer and Vision D'Etat may be the two to concentrate on.

Never On Sunday is more than likely to improve though and Godolphin's record cannot be ignored so depending on the ground there could be a good few contenders to make this one of the highlights of the week and at the prices Trincot looks a good each way bet at odds of 8/1.

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