Nayef Claims Fourth Group I Win in Prince of Wales's; Moon Ballad Ninth

Nayef Claims Fourth Group I Win in Prince of Wales's; Moon Ballad Ninth
Photo: AP/John Stillwell
Spectators arrive for the second day of racing at Royal Ascot, one of the key events in Britain's social calendar.
Nayef, one of four horses owned by the Maktoum family competing in Wednesday's Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot, came away the winner by 2 1/2 lengths. The 2-1 favorite Moon Ballad, who races in Godolphin's blue silks, finished ninth in the field of 10.

Nayef and jockey Richard Hills hung in the middle of the pack, tracking leader Moon Ballad through the first half of the 10-furlong race. Nayef made headway approaching the straight and made a move for the lead. With two furlongs left to go Nayef took over Moon Ballad's position in front and quickened in the final furlong to hold off Rakti, who finished second. Islington was third. The winner covered the distance in 2:05.30.

The group I win is Nayef's fourth. In 2001 he captured the Dubai Champion Stakes at Newmarket. Last year he won the Juddmonte International Stakes at York and the Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad al Sheba. In his last start prior to the Prince of Wales's, Nayef finished third to Moon Ballad in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).

Marcus Tregoning trains the winner for Sheikh Hamdan, who bred Nayef (Gulch--Height of Fashion, by Bustino) in Kentucky in the name of his Shadwell Farm. Nayef is a half-brother to five stakes winners, including group I winner Nashwan (by Blushing Groom).

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