Jamie Spencer to ride The Grey Gatsby at Royal Ascot
Free Eagle likely to start as favourite for Dermot Weld in Prince of Wales’s Stakes
Jamie Spencer will ride The Grey Gatsby, pictured with trainer Kevin Ryan, in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. Photograph: Inpho
Moore was also on board for his wins in the French Derby and Irish Champion Stakes, however, he instead rides last year’s Tercentenary Stakes winner Cannock Chase for Sir Michael Stoute.
Spencer has ridden The Grey Gatsby twice before when second in the Craven and 10th in the 2000 Guineas.
The lightly-raced four-year-old has not been seen since finishing third in the Champion Stakes in October on just his fourth ever run.
Adding a truly international flavour to the race are California Chrome and Criterion.
California Chrome nearly pulled off the Holy Grail of American racing last year, the Triple Crown, coming up agonisingly short in the final leg.
He has since been narrowly beaten in a Breeders’ Cup Classic and finished second in a Dubai World Cup.
Australian challengers are no strangers to Ascot but they usually run in the sprints, not over 10 furlongs like Criterion, who beat Red Cadeaux back in April.
The French challengers are Ectot, a winner of six of his eight races, and Gailo Chop, second in the Prix d’Ispahan last time out.
There is even a Japanese runner in the shape of Spielberg, who won the Tenno Sho, one of the biggest races in Japan.
The only horse not declared was Gosden’s Eagle Top who runs in the Hardwicke Stakes later in the week.