Jack Hobbs heads Prince of Wales’s Stakes list

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Dubai Sheema Classic winner Jack Hobbs is among 17 horses in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot after the confirmation stage.

The 2015 Irish Derby winner has had little racing since his Classic campaign, but looked to be as good as ever when striking at Meydan in March.

Back in April, trainer John Gosden confirmed that the five-year-old would not run again until Royal Ascot “as most of the big middle-distance races are not until June.”

Gosden also has Wings Of Desire in the 10-furlong showpiece while Godolphin, who are major shareholders in Jack Hobbs, are putting forward four contenders.

Hawkbill and Scottish from Charlie Appleby’s stable, the Jim Bolger-trained Moonlight Magic and Saeed bin Suroor’s Prize Money all remain among the 17 left in the race.

Aidan O’Brien’s chances will fall to Coronation Cup winner Highland Reel, alongside Deauville and Johannes Vermeer.

Dermot Weld is responsible for The Grey Gatsby, who was second in 2015 for former trainer Kevin Ryan.

My Dream Boat will look to follow up last year’s success for Clive Cox and could become the first dual winner since Muhtarram over 20 years ago.

The William Haggas-trained Mutakayyef is there, but has also been entered into the Queen Anne Stakes – having won the Group 2 Summer Mile over course and distance last July.

Sir Michael Stoute is double-handed with Ulysses and Queen’s Trust, while Roger Charlton has Decorated Knight, who took the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last month.

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