Prince of Wales Stakes Betting Odds - Royal Ascot 2022

There is no let-up in the quality as we head into day two of June’s fabulous Royal Ascot meeting. The main attraction for many is this Group 1 1m2f contest for runners aged four and older. First run in 1862 to honour the Prince Of Wales at the time, the man who later became King Edward VII, the race experienced a 27 year hiatus from 1940 before being reintroduced in honour of our current Prince of Wales. Here we highlight the best odds and provide out betting tips for the race.

My Dream Boat caused a shock when mastering subsequent Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner, Found here 12 months ago. He returns to defend his crown but looking at the live odds comparison below, we can see that it would rate as a turn up were he to prevail once again.

This does look to be a wide-open renewal though, with no real standout contender at this stage. It could be that Jack Hobbs is the one to be on, as he may well prove very tough to beat if replicating his performance last time out in the Dubai Sheema Classic. The runners in behind him that day were no slouches but the John Gosden star simply left them for dead in what was a blistering performance. The danger in backing him at this stage is that he may well line up in the 1m4f Hardwicke instead.

Should Jack Hobbs fail to go to post the path would look clear for Sir Michael Stoute’s Ulysses to take this. Famed as a master with older horses, Stoute certainly got a fine tune out of this one in the Gordon Richard’s Stakes last time out. A flop in last year’s Derby, this looks to be his trip and we make him our betting tip for the race. The best odds shown below may well shorten come the day of the race, so it may be advisable to get on this one early.

Of those at bigger odds, the Roger Charlton runner Decorated Knight makes plenty of appeal on his verdict over Somehow in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last time out. Now a dual Group 1 winner at around this distance, he seems to be still improving at the age of five and has every chance of at least making the frame. The best odds available via our odds comparison certainly seem to offer a touch of each way value.

The Prince of Wales’ Stakes is one of the most hotly anticipated races of the whole Royal Ascot meeting. Run over a distance of one mile and two furlongs, it gives the runners and riders that little bit more chance to get into the race than some of the sprints, and thus betting on the race is less likely to fall foul of any minor mistakes. Here we bring you our predictions and betting tips for the 2022 renewal of the race, and be sure to check out our live odds comparison for the best prices from the top bookies around.

The two runners competing for favouritism at the time of writing are Free Eagle and The Grey Gatsby, both available to back at best betting odds of 9/2 (with Betfair for Free Eagle and BetVictor for Gatsby).

Trained by Kevin Ryan, The Grey Gatsby has won four of his 12 runs to date including the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in September. He fluffed his lines, however, when competing at Newmarket in the 2,000 Guineas last year and we think he’s simply priced at too short odds for us to pile in here.

Free Eagle, meanwhile, was third in the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October in his first race on English soil, and there is a chance he will improve sufficiently to challenge here, but – again – at odds that short we fancy there is far better value elsewhere.

One option would be to take the nice odds of 12/1 with Paddy Power on the French nine-year-old Cirrus De Aigles. A runner of that age hasn’t won the race in recent times, but he proved he’s still got life in the old legs when winning the Prix Ganay at Longchamp on the 3rd May this year and could prove a shrewd bet here.

Another of the old guard who shouldn’t be discounted is the 2013 winner of this race, Al Kazeem. The seven-year-old has nine wins from 22 career starts and with a fine second place at Ascot in October he could just surprise a few here at betting odds of 14/1 with BetVictor.