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Stars aligned for Wales's clash

Free Eagle is among 11 horses left in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday following the confirmation stage.

The four-year-old hasn't raced since he finished third in the Qipco Champion Stakes over the course and distance in October.

Dermot Weld reports the High Chaparral to be A1 again now and ready to make his return.

American ace California Chrome will bid to put leading European horses to the sword in the Group One over a mile and a quarter.

Last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes hero was last in action at Meydan in March when he was second to Prince Bishop in the Dubai World Cup.

After running in the world's most valuable race, the connections of the Art Sherman-trained colt shipped him over to Newmarket where he has been housed by Rae Guest ahead of this race.

Kevin Ryan's The Grey Gatsby, who was also second at Meydan behind Solow in the Dubai Turf, will try to win his first race since he lowered the colours of Australia in the Irish Champion Stakes in September.

The Grey Gatsby was fourth to Al Kazeem in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, a race which Free Eagle had to miss because he was suffering from a head cold.

There are two French-trained possibles in Ectot and Gailo Chop while Japanese challenger Spielberg and Criterion from Australia add even more global interest.

John Gosden is double-handed with Eagle Top and Western Hymn while Sir Michael Stoute relies on Cannock Chase. The Corsican, trained by David Simcock, completes the list.


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