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Al Kazeem wears down Mukhadram to win Prince of Wales's Stakes

Updated: Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 20:58 | Comments

Al Kazeem got up to win the Prince of Wales's Stakes
Al Kazeem got up to win the Prince of Wales's Stakes

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Al Kazeem got up in the shadow of the post to deny Mukhadram in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The race was billed as a match up between Al Kazeem and Camelot, but Aidan O'Brien's dual Derby winner was ultimately disappointing after travelling strongly for much of the journey.

Paul Hanagan gave William Haggas' Mukhadram a bold sight from the front, kicking a good few lengths clear and at one stage appearing like he may hold on.

But James Doyle got stuck into Roger Charlton's stable star and the 11-4 chance was on top just before the line.

The Fugue ran a blinder on her first run of the year back in third.

Doyle said: "I thought Paul Hanagan gave his horse a fantastic ride, he got his fractions right. He got a couple of lengths on me turning in and I had to make them up.

"He's a very tough horse and I'm lucky to be sat on him

"It's magical really, to get a Royal Ascot winner. It leaves you speechless, it's what it is all about. Hard work pays off and when it does it's fantastic."

Al Kazeem has had more than his share of injury problems but was recording his second Group One success following the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, where he also beat Camelot.

Charlton said: "You need to have a lot of patience in this game, it's what Sir Henry Cecil always said, and we've been patient with him but you need the owners.

"We always thought we had a really good horse.

"To be fair we nearly ran him in the autumn, but decided to give him more time.

"I thought for a minute we weren't going to get there, but James seemed confident.

"There are a lot of lovely races and without discussing with the owners I don't know where next.

"Like most people I'd love to have a runner in the Arc and if we go there maybe the King George would be next."

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