Passenger Huxley Stakes

Passenger set for Prince of Wales’s Stakes

Sir Michael Stoute returns to Royal Ascot this year, and he hopes that Passenger can bring him success in the latest renewal of the Prince of Wales Stakes.

Royal Ascot is always a highly anticipated event in the horse racing calendar, and this year’s event is certainly no different. All eyes are set to be on the historic Ascot Racecourse for five days of enthralling action from Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd June 2024.

Many acclaimed trainers, jockeys, and horses have taken part in this highly prestigious event over the years. Sir Michael Stoute is of course a name that will be highly familiar to any fan of horse racing, and he has experienced plenty of success at Royal Ascot over the years. He is looking to add more race wins at the sport’s most famous event this year.

Overall, Stoute has no less than 82 wins in this event as a whole, and he held the most wins of any other trainer until Aidan O’Brien surpassed his total recently, with Stoute now in second behind O’Brien who has 85 Royal Ascot wins to his name.

One particular race that he is going to enter this year is the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, which takes place on Wednesday 19th June 2024 – the second day of action at Ascot. Over the years, Stoute has emerged victorious a total of four times in this race in his illustrious career to date.

Stoute’s wins in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes have come with Hard Fought (1981), Stagecraft (1991), Poet’s Word (2018), and most recently with Crystal Ocean, which sealed a second consecutive victory in this race for the trainer in 2019.

Now, in 2024, he is looking to seal his fifth win in this race. Passenger looks set to be the horse that he is entering into this race and form has certainly been positive of late.

Passenger won his most recent race at Chester, which was the IRE-Incentive, It Pays To Buy Irish Huxley Stakes on Friday 10th May which followed a 258 day break from action. It was to be a tremendous performance from Passenger, who won the race by a margin of one and a half lengths ahead of competition from the likes of pre-race favourite Israr and Regal Reality, who had to settle for a second and third place finish respectively.

This was a second successive race win for Passenger, who also won the race before that, which was the Weatherbys Global Stallions Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor on Saturday 26th August 2023.

If this form is carried into the 2024 Princes of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot this year, then Sir Michael Stoute and Passenger will have an excellent chance of coming away from the latest iteration of this race with a win.

Passenger is owned by the Flaxman Stables Ireland Limited, and their Racing Manager Alan Cooper had this to say of his horse’s prospects in the upcoming Prince of Wales’s Stakes (via the Racing Post):

“We were absolutely delighted with Passenger at Chester, he did it very well and everybody is very happy with him. I believe it was a track record and he couldn’t have done it any better.

“He’s lightly-raced for a four-year-old after just five starts and the plan is to go for the Prince of Wales’s, all being well.

“He ran in the Derby last year and now he is much more mature and we’ll find out more at Royal Ascot.”

With the 2024 renewal of the iconic and illustrious Royal Ascot underway in a matter of weeks at Ascot Racecourse, excitement and anticipation are certainly on the rise amongst horse racing fans.

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