Wednesday 16 April 2014

Camelot eclipsed by Al Kazeem again in Prince of Wales Stakes

Al Kazeem ridden by James Doyle wins the Prince of Wales's Stakes ahead of Mukhadram ridden by Paul Hanagan during day two of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 19, 2013. See PA story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Al Kazeem ridden by James Doyle wins the Prince of Wales's Stakes ahead of Mukhadram

Al Kazeem got up in the shadow of the post to deny Mukhadram in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, with Camelot a disappointing fourth.

The race was billed as a match up between Al Kazeem and Camelot, but Aidan O'Brien's dual Derby winner was ultimately disappointing after travelling strongly for much of the journey.

Paul Hanagan gave William Haggas' Mukhadram a bold sight from the front, kicking a good few lengths clear and at one stage appearing like he may hold on.

But James Doyle got stuck into Roger Charlton's stable star and the 11-4 chance was on top just before the line.

The Fugue ran a blinder on her first run of the year back in third.

Doyle said: "I thought Paul Hanagan gave his horse a fantastic ride, he got his fractions right. He got a couple of lengths on me turning in and I had to make them up.

"He's a very tough horse and I'm lucky to be sat on him

"It's magical really, to get a Royal Ascot winner. It leaves you speechless, it's what it is all about. Hard work pays off and when it does it's fantastic."

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