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.
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.
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.