iBet: Look To The Lady In The Prince Of Wales

Gareth Purnell

Royal Ascot, Prince of Wales Stakes, 3.45pm

Back The Fugue each way at 7/1

The Prince of Wales Stakes today is regarded by many as the No.1 race of the Royal Ascot meeting and with all 11 runners standing their ground at the declaration stage we certainly have a field to do the race justice, with more than half of them having already won a race worth over £100,000 and two of them (Camelot and Red Cadeaux) having races worth over £700,000 under the belt.

Aiden O’Brien’s Camelot is a triple classic winner and went off a 4/11 shot to win the Tattershalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last month. However, 9/4 shot Al Kazeem came and spoiled the party and there is split opinion as to whether Roger Charlton’s mount (2/1 for this) won fair and square and will do so again, or whether Camelot (11/4) was under-cooked following a winter colic outbreak as the Ballydoyle stable, and was being primed for this.

We are going to find out, but in races like this one where two horses dominate the market I prefer to look for an each way alternative and that one could just be The Fugue. The only filly in the race, the Nassau winner simply oozes class and it should be noted that her third last time out was in a £700,000 race at Santa Anita in a bunch finish. I was slightly worried that this is her first race of the season but there has been money for her in the last 24 hours suggesting she is fit and ready and at 7/1 she’s my each way value bet here.

In the wake of Newcastle’s decision to appoint Joe Kinnear as director of football, their manager Alan Pardew has been made favourite in the market for the first Premier League manager to leave his post at odds as short as 6/5. Swansea’s Michael Laudrup is 11/4, Spurs’ Andre Villas Boas 6/1 with Sunderland’s Paolo Di Canio potentially interesting at 18/1 and Fulham’s Martin Jol another possible at 20/1.

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