After scoring a career-defining victory over three-time classic winner Camelot last time out, Al Kazeem will get a chance to prove the win was no fluke in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) June 19, the second day of the Royal Ascot meeting.
The 11-horse field for the Prince of Wales's also includes globetrotting group I winner Red Cadeaux, runner-up to Animal Kingdom in the Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 30. The 1 1/4-mile test is carded as the day's third race, with an approximate post time of 10:45 (EDT).
Trained by Roger Charlton for breeder John Deer, Al Kazeem charged past Camelot to lead in the final 100 yards of the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-I) May 26 at the Curragh and shook clear to a 1 1/2-length triumph, scoring his fifth win from 10 career starts and first at the top level.
A 4 1/2-length winner of the Jockey Club Stakes (Eng-II) from Quest For Peace and Dunaden last spring at Newmarket, Al Kazeem sustained an injury in the race and missed the remainder of the season. the 5-year-old Dubawi horse returned from nearly a year on the sidelines in April at Sandown, and won the Bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes (Eng-III) and capped a three-race win streak in the Gold Cup. He currently is the 15-8 favorite with Racing Post.
The Gold Cup marked the second start of 2013 for Camelot, who will try to get back to the winning form that saw him capture two-thirds of the English Triple Crown last year as well as the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Ire-I) for trainer Aidan O'Brien. The 4-year-old Montjeu colt owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Mrs. John Magnier opened the season with a victory in the High Chaparral E.B.F. Mooresbridge Stakes (Ire-III) May 6 at the Curragh.
The master of Ballydoyle also will send out Windsor Palace, an 8-year-old Danehill Dancer horse who set the pace in the Gold Cup. Stablemate Camelot took charge a quarter-mile out before being caught a furlong out by Al Kazeem for his third loss in his four most recent starts.
Hong Kong businessman Ron Arculli's British-based Red Cadeaux will make his first start in England in 11 months and comes into the race following winless efforts in the Far East in his two most recent starts.
A late-running second in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan, the 7-year-old Cadeaux Genereux gelding subsequently finished third in the Tenno Sho (Spring) (Jpn-I) April 28 at Kyoto in Japan, then was eighth in the Singapore Airlines International Cup (Sin-I) May 19 at Kranji, where jockey Gerald Mosse said the ground was too fast. Prior to the World Cup, Red Cadeaux won the Longines Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) last December at Sha Tin and bids to recapture that winning form.
Other contenders include recent Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) victor Maxios (by Monsun); multiple group winner Side Glance (Passing Glance), who was fourth in the Dubai World Cup; English group I-winning filly The Fugue (Dansili), who makes her 2013 bow after finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) last November at Santa Anita; and multiple group winner and French classic-placed Saint Baudolino (Pivotal), who makes his first start in more than four months since finishing fourth in the Al Maktoum Challenge (UAE-II) in February.
Listen to Robin Trevor-Jones', an assistant to Ed Dunlop, thoughts on Red Cadeaux before his race in Hong Kong last month.