Featuring as part of the much-celebrated event of Royal Ascot, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes is an exciting sprint with its roots firmly planted all the way back in the 19th century.

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Taking place on the second day of the famous racing festival, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes follows the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, with two more races still to run before the day is through.

Ten riders and horses take to the track, running this flat race over the course of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres). Horses must be at least four years old to enter.

Riders look to gain a share of the typical £750,000 prize kitty, with the winner taking home a fairly hefty £297,000 or so, while the rest of the winnings are scaled down all the way to the sixth placed finisher.

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The history of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes

Just about everything has changed since the Prince of Wales’s Stakes’ inception all the way back in 1862. Named after the Prince of Wales at the time, the future King Edward VII, the original race was a tad longer, run over 1 mile and 5 furlongs.

The race saw a bit of a hiatus after World War II, but returned in 1968, just a year before the current Prince of Wales, Charles, would earn the royal title.

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With the original race restricted to three-year-olds, horses aged four or older were allowed to participate after its revamp in 1968, with the race as we know it today being tweaked to perfection in 2000, with the minimum age raised to four.

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Race records

Three horses have won the race twice over the years, with the most recent being Muhtarram in 1994 and 1995. The much-celebrated old-time jockey, Morny Cannon, holds the record for most wins – six, between 1895 and 1905.

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2014’s winner, The Fugue, clocked the fastest time on record, with a sub-2:02:00 time of 2:01:90. She was ridden to victory by William Buick.

This historic race is part of Day Two’s thrilling schedule, with plenty of excitement to keep spectators on the edge of their seats.