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Second chance will suit Twice

Tom Queally believes Twice Over can build on last year’s fourth-place finish to win the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot tomorrow.

Quelly hit the front two furlongs out on Henry Cecil's consistent performer in this Group One heat last season, but was mugged close home by Vision D'Etat, Tartan Bearer and Never On Sunday.

He ended the season winning the Champion Stakes and has since finished third in the Breeders' Cup Classic before disappointing in the Dubai World Cup on his 2010 debut.

Queally believes the race is slightly lacking in quality this year and sees Andre Fabre's Byword, who is also owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah, as his main threat.

“He's in very good form and this looks very winnable as it appears a slightly substandard Prince of Wales's,” said the Waterford jockey.

“He did disappoint on his only start this year in the Dubai World Cup, but I think he was not as acclimatised to the hot conditions as the first three home had all been based in Dubai for a few months.

“He did a very nice piece of work recently and is feeling very well in himself.

“He ran a hell of race to finish fourth in this last year and one furlong out you'd have thought there was no way he wouldn't be in the shake-up.

“Byword looks the main danger, although I think he was flattered to get within half a length of Goldikova last time.

“But I wouldn't swap mine for anything in the race,” he said.

Mawatheeq progressed from winning a handicap at Doncaster off 102 last September to finishing second to Twice Over in the Champion Stakes just a month later.

He has yet to run this season due to a series of niggling problems and Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, would have preferred it if the race was a few weeks later for Marcus Tregoning's five-year-old.

“It will probably come a bit quick for him in terms of his preparation,” said Gold.

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