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Lord North claims Group 1 glory as he burns Prince Of Wales’s field

17 Jun 2020

John Gosden's progressive colt shows lightning turn of foot; favourite Japan fails to fire

Lord North completed a meteoric rise up the ranks to claim the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes under James Doyle on Wednesday at Royal Ascot.

John Gosden’s gelding was seen racing last year in handicaps and has progressed rapidly through the ranks, having won the rescheduled Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Haydock Park just 11 days ago.

He showed himself to be very much at home in Group 1 company, though, as he left the field for dead in the final two furlongs with an eye-catching change of gear.

Coming into the race former Juddmonte International winner Japan headed the market, with dual Australian Group 1 winner Addeybb sent off the second favourite.

Japan, having sweated up badly before the start, slightly missed the break and after being rushed up to the front was never quite travelling with the authority that his connections would’ve hoped.

When push came to shove it was Addeybb who took up the lead but with the field spread right across the track the race seemed open for the taking. Lord North  duly stepped up to the plate, quickening up smartly to win going away at the line. To his credit Addeybb battled it out to land second place under Tom Marquand.

The result could mean Lord North enters the Coral-Eclipse picture and a mouthwatering clash with stablemate Enable and Godolphin’s Coronation Cup winner Ghaiyyath.