Free Eagle edged out The Grey Gatsby in a photo finish to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The 5-2 favourite, ridden by Pat Smullen for trainer Dermot Weld, won by a short head from the fast-finishing second, with Western Hymn third.
Weld said Free Eagle, returning after 242 days off, will now have the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October as a target.
Free Eagle leads The Grey Gatsby

Free Eagle missed his intended return last month because of a head cold

Free Eagle edged out The Grey Gatsby in a photo finish to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The 5-2 favourite, ridden by Pat Smullen for trainer Dermot Weld, won by a short head from the fast-finishing second, with Western Hymn third.
Weld said Free Eagle, returning after 242 days off, will now have the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October as a target.

The Grey Gatsby, under Jamie Spencer, struggled for room before closing.
Free Eagle had been off the track since finishing third in the Champion Stakes behind winner Noble Mission at Ascot in October.
The four-year-old showed no signs of rustiness here, as he quickened smartly to take the lead when French pacesetter Gailo Chop faded.
Last year’s French Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner The Grey Gatsby travelled well throughout but was short of racing room, and could not catch Free Eagle when he was finally able to push ahead.