Lord North, Love and Audarya Lead Wednesday's Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot for Automatic Berth into Longines Breeders' Cup Turf
ASCOT, BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND (June 15, 2021) — Multiple Group 1 winners Lord North (IRE), Love (IRE) and Audarya (FR) lead Wednesday’s 1 ¼-mile US$991,000 Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot. The winner of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes will earn an automatic berth into this year’s US$4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series is an international series of 84 stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California on Nov. 5-6.
As part of the benefits of the Challenge Series, Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes winner to start in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, which will be run at 1 ½ miles over the Del Mar turf course. Breeders’ Cup will also provide a travel allowance of US$40,000 for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships. The Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of October 25 to receive the rewards.
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes, is the second of four Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” races to be conducted during the Royal Ascot meeting. The race will be televised live on NBCSN and TVG.
The HH Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Racing’s 5-year-old gelding Lord North (IRE), trained by John and Thady Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori, is the defending Prince of Wales’s champion, having defeated Addeybb (IRE) last year by 3 ¾ lengths. A winner of six of 12 starts, Lord North made a successful seasonal debut at Meydan on March 27 when he won the Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World (G1) by 3 lengths. Last year, Lord North, a bay son of Dubawi (IRE) out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Najoum, closed out 2020 with a fourth-place finish in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland, beaten 2 ¾ lengths.
“He’s a great character, he’s in good form,” said John Gosden. “He’s back on quicker ground. I think it’s a fascinating race. Love has been waiting for this type of ground. She was exceptional last year but she raced with her own sex.”
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier’s Galileo (IRE) filly Love (IRE) swept a trio of Group 1 races in an unbeaten 3-year-old campaign, taking the 1,000 Guineas, the Epsom Oaks and the Darley Yorkshire Oaks. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, Love was scheduled to run in last October’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), but was not did start due to soft ground. Love will be ridden by Ryan Moore.
O’Brien plans to start another offspring of Galileo in the 4-year-old colt Armory (IRE), for Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. Seeking his first Group 1 victory, Armory has won five races, including his 2021 debut when he captured the 1 3/8-mile Melodi Media Huxley Stakes (G2) at Chester by 3 lengths on May 7. During the second half of last year, Armory won the Royal Whip Stakes (G3) at The Curragh in August, finished third behind stablemate Magical (IRE) and Ghaiyyath (IRE) in the Irish Champion Stakes (G1), and ran second in Australia’s 1 ¼-mile Cox Plate (G1) at Moonee Valley in October. Seamie Heffernan has the mount on Armory.
Also making her 2021 debut is Mrs. A. M. Swinburn’s Audarya (FR), a 5-year-old daughter of Wootten Bassett (GB), who completed and an outstanding season last year by winning the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) at Keeneland by a neck over Rushing Fall. Trained by James Fanshawe, the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf was Audarya’s second Group 1 triumph of 2020, having also captured the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville in August. Audarya will be ridden by William Buick.
Juddmonte’s 5-year-old Sangarius (GB), trained by Michael Stoute and ridden by Colin Keane, won last year's 1 ¼-mile Hampton Court Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot. A bay son of Kingman (GB) out of the Empire Maker mare Trojan Queen, Sangarius finished second to Armory in the Huxley Stakes and finished second in the 1 1/4-mile Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes (G3) at Sandown on May 27 as the even-money favorite.
Sunderland Holding’s 4-year-old My Oberon (IRE) finished third in the Prix d’Ispahan, beaten just a quarter of a length in his most recent start. Trained by William Haggas and ridden by Tom Marquand, My Oberon, a bay of Dubawi, won the 1 1/8-mile bet360 Earl of Sefton Stakes (G3) at Newmaket on April 21.
Abdulla Al Mansoori’s 9-year-old gelding Desert Encounter (IRE), winner of the 2019 Pattison Canadian International (G1), finished second in the 1 ¼-mile Gordon Richards Stakes (G3) at Sandown on April 23 for trainer David Simcock. Desert Encounter will be ridden by Andrea Atzeni.
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The 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Championship races, is scheduled to be held on November 5-6 at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California. The event will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media.
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