The Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot last season was the scene of So You Think’s first run in the UK after becoming a superstar in Australia where he won two Cox Plates.
His opening run didn’t quite go to plan though, as he was beaten after going off 4/11 favourite for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore. The late Rewilding picked up the Group One prize that day for Mahmood Al Zarooni and Godolphin as their runner got the better of So You Think by a neck over the trip of 1m2f. People looking at the best Royal Ascot odds online need to remember this.
The son of High Chaparral did bounce back in his very next run at Sandown in the Coral Eclipse. It was his first Group One success in Britain as he beat the former Derby and Arc winner Workforce by half a length. The five-year old then went on to win the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown before runs in the Arc and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in a long exhausting season.
In 2000 the Price of Wales’s Stakes was won by Dubai Millennium who had succeeded in the Dubai World Cup in his previous run in March. The eight length victory in the feature race on day two of the Royal Meeting was one of the most destructive performances in the race’s history. There were plans to run Dubai Millennium in the Arc or at the Breeders Cup following his success at Ascot, however, it turned out to be the last run of his career after breaking his leg later in the year which forced an early retirement.