Heavy favorite So You Think (NZ) appeared well on his way to another Group victory until he was run down at the wire by a game Rewilding (GB) in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.
So You Think, sent to post at odds of approximately 4/11, broke well and settled into a forward position during the early stages behind stablemate and pacesetter Jan Vermeer (IRE), and just to the outside of Arlington Million winner Debussy (GB). Jan Vermeer began to falter as the field ran inside the final three furlongs, at which time So You Think made a big move under his own power to sweep to the head of the field as they entered the stretch. With a little more than two furlongs to go it appeared that So You Think might breakaway from the field and coast to his third easy win since coming over to Europe. But Frankie Dettori and Rewilding, now in the clear and racing in the three-path, began a long, grinding run down the straight. The favorite's stride noticably shortened inside the final half-furlong, at which point Rewilding proved his staying power and passed So You Think in the shadow of the wire.
Sri Putra (GB) was third, six lengths back of the top pair.
Following the race, trainer Aidan O'Brien told the Racing Post that he shouldered the blame for So You Think's defeat.
"It was trainer error. He had a long blow after the race and I don’t think I had him fit enough. He came there to win his race but was then nailed by a horse who stays a mile and a half."
Winning jockey Frankie Dettori received a nine-day ban from the stewards for excessive use of the whip on Rewilding.
Full Results (via Racing Post.com)
Results and Prince of Wales's Stakes Replay below the jump.
G2-Windsor Forest Stakes
1-Lolly For Dolly (IRE)
3-First City (GB)
G1-Prince of Wales's Stakes
2-So You Think (NZ)
3-Sri Putra (GB)
Royal Hunt Cup
2-Dance And Dance (IRE)
3-Invisible Man (GB)
G2-Queen Mary Stakes
1-Best Terms (GB)
3-Caledonia Lady (GB)
1-Rhythm Of Light (GB)
3-Winter's Night (IRE)