My Dream Boat swooped down the outside to win the Prince Of Wales
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By Bruce Jackson 4:30PM 15 JUN 2016
Report: Royal Ascot, Wednesday
Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1), 1m2f, 4yo+
MY DREAM BOAT, 16-1 outsider of the six-strong field, ended the run of winning favourites at Royal Ascot on Wednesday and downed Japanese superstar A Shin Hikari who finished last.
In the process Clive Cox and Adam Kirby made it back-to-back Group 1 winners after striking with Profitable in the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday.
Paul and Clare Rooney, better known for their jumpers, were ecstatic after their first Group 1 winneron the Flat.
A Shin Hikari made the running shadowed by Western Hymn with Kirby switching off My Dream Boat in last.
The writing was on the wall for the world’s top-rated racehorse as soon as Ryan Moore unleashed Breeders’ Cup winner Found inside the last two furlongs.
Kirby was finding room for My Dream Boat wider midtrack and his mount hung further left but answered all his calls to catch Found, who hugged the inside rail, in the last strides although Kirby admitted: “I wasn’t confident and was nervous waiting for the result it was so tight.
“He got a bit lonely out on his own but I was pretty confident I would be in the first three on his run two starts ago and the race went perfectly for me.”
That was not the case for odds-on A Shin Hikari, who weakened to finish last, and his owner Hirotsuqu Hirai reported: “The jockey said it was the first time A Shin Hikari had gone round a corner that sharp and it was a surprise for him.
“The horse is fine after the race. He is not upset, we are upset!”
Aidan O’Brien said of Found: “She ran a great race, I am delighted with her. She quickened very well but you are never home until they pass the post and he just came to get her, that’s racing. She will probably have a break now and come back for the autumn.”
Bookmakers reacted to My Dream Boat’s win by shortening him dramatically for the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown next month. He is now best-priced with 14-1 (from 25) with Boylesports.