Even without reigning U.S. Horse of the Year California Chrome – sidelined by a foot issue – the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (gr. I) was still a remarkably international race with runners from England, Ireland, France, Australia and Japan. In the end, Ireland’s Free Eagle, making only his fifth start,
Day four at Royal Ascot kicked off with the six-furlong Albany Stakes (Eng-III) for 2-year-old fillies. The winner, Kiyoshi, looked to travel nearly as far sideways as forwards in the last couple of furlongs, but still scored impressively from favorite Sandiva (by Footstepsinthesand), with Frankel’s half sister Joyeuse third.
The Royal Ascot seven furlong Jersey Stakes (gr. III) for three-year-olds who have yet to win a group race went to Gale Force Ten, who produced a super-game effort to prevail after being headed close home. The result was a significant boost for the form of both the French 2,000 Guineas