Japanese superstar A Shin Hikari heads of field of just nine runners for the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes on day two of Royal Ascot – Wednesday 14th June 2016.
The ace five-year-old took the Hong Kong Cup at Sha tin in December, but it was his performance in the Group 1 Prix D’ispahan at Chantilly that marked him out as a potential superstar for Royal Ascot 2016.
Masanori Sakaguchi’s stable star travelled powerfully throughout the race and eased into the lead two-furlongs from home; a devastating burst of speed quickly took him clear of the field and saw him claim victory by 10-lengths.
That victory also made him the highest-rated Japanese horse since his sire Deep Impact was crowned world champion back in 2006.
Now he has his sights set on more Group 1 glory in the showpiece event on day two of Ascot Racecourse’s Royal Meeting.
Masahiro Watanabe the racing manager for the owners of the grey, Eishindo Co Ltd, has spoken of his excitement ahead of next week’s big race, saying: “I think it’s a very beautiful racecourse. I’ve just walked the course and I think compared to Chantilly and Japan, I think it might be a tough course.
“British racing, especially racing at Ascot is very famous. We are very honoured to be here and just looking forward to the whole experience.
“A Shin Erwin ran a really good race in France so he is in good form. As long as he gives it his all on the day I think he has a good chance to do well.”
It is no surprise to see A Shin Hikari as the 6-4 favourite for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.
Time Test hoping to make it a Royal Ascot double as he faces Japan’s best horse
Time Test looks to be the biggest danger to the red-hot favourite as the Roger Charlton star looks to make it a Royal Ascot double, after his victory over this course and distance in last season’s Tercentenary Stakes.
The four-year-old produced a gutsy display to take the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown at the end of May, a run which looks to have put him spot on for this high-class event.
While the race has only attracted nine runners at the final stage it is shaping up to be a real quality race. The Grey Gatsby who was so unlucky when finishing second in the same race last season will bid to go one better for Kevin Ryan.
Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Found could be an intriguing runner for the Aidan O’Brien stable, the four-year-old was just edged out in the Coronation Cup last season at Royal Ascot and is a classy type.
Dual Group 1 heroine Covert Love could bid to give Hugo Palmer more big race success, but she will only run on ground which is good or better.
What a race in store.
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