A final field of eight three-year-olds and up will contest the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) at Ascot Racecourse in Perth this Saturday.
While there are just eight runners on the field, the race will be anything but boring with three last-start winners lining up.
Trainer Grant Williams is dually represented by Amorino and Elite Belle.
Five-year-old Amorino is in-form following four wins and a second placing from his last five starts dating back to February. The gelding enjoyed three listed race wins earlier in the year, including the Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m), Burnbury Stakes (1400m), and Grandstand Cup (1500m) – two of which he won by over two and a half lengths.
Amorino hasn’t been seen on the field since March however he was tested in a barrier trial on October 6th, in which he came home second to Rebel King. The gelding will get a good start in the Prince Of Wales from barrier three with Glenn Smith in the saddle.
Grant Williams’s other runner Elite Belle will also get a great run after drawing barrier one with William Pike in the saddle.
The six-year-old mare began her year with a win in the Listed La Trice Classic (1800m) in January before returning in May for a great winter season. She was runner-up in the Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m), just a neck off the win, before claiming back-to-back wins in the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) and Hyperion Stakes (1600m).
She failed to place in the same barrier trial as Amorino, but with recent form like hers, Elite Belle will be one to watch this Saturday.
Barakey is one of only two runners who have had a start this season, and the gelding got his off to a success with a win in the Listed Goodwood Sprint (1300m) on August 23, which was followed by a winning barrier trial on October 13th.
The seven-year-old has already won at the highest level of racing after taking out the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) back in November 2012. He tried to recreate this form twice in 2013 but finished end of the field in both. He failed to defend his Winterbottom title last year, finishing ninth of twelve and was rested for nine months before returning in winning action.
The Jim P Taylor-trained gelding will start from barrier four with Jason Brown to ride.
The Neville Parnham-trained Checkpoint is also in-form ahead of the 2014 Prince Of Wales Stakes after back-to-back third placings in the Roma Cup and Belmont Sprint, being beaten home in both by rival Elite Belle.
Checkpoint will start from barrier five with Brad Parnham in the saddle.
Check out the full 2014 Prince Of Wales Stakes final field & barrier draw below.
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2014 Prince Of Wales Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|1||111x2212x9||IHTSAHYMN||Fred Kersley||Steven Parnham||8||58.5kg|
|2||11x0x19x1x||BARAKEY||Jim P Taylor||Jason Brown||4||58.5kg|
|3||427111211x||AMORINO||Grant Williams||Glenn Smith||3||58.5kg|
|4||2215x6257x||KALAHAAR||Steve Wolfe||Shaun Mc Gruddy||7||58.5kg|
|5||216x32x33x||CHECKPOINT||Neville Parnham||Brad Parnham||5||58.5kg|
|6||1312x3350x||PLATINUM ROCKER||Simon A Miller||Peter Knuckey||2||56.5kg|
|7||23111x114x||MAGNIFISIO||Jim P Taylor||Chris Parnham (a)||6||56.5kg|
|8||21691x211x||ELITE BELLE||Grant Williams||William Pike||1||56.5kg|