07/08/2007 11:00PM

Five good to go in Prince of Wales

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A field of five, including the top four finishers from the Queen's Plate, is likely for the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie on Sunday.

The Prince of Wales, at 1 3/16 miles, follows the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate as the second leg of the Triple Crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

All five candidates for the Prince of the Wales have completed their major preps for the race. The last was Jiggs Coz, who breezed six furlongs in 1:13 under regular rider David Clark on the training track at Woodbine on Monday morning.

"He goes over to the Polytrack and works in 1:13 and change, and comes back here and works in 1:13," said trainer Sid Attard, following Monday's 8:30 a.m. workout. "He always works well."

Jiggs Coz, owned and bred by Mel Lawson, finished third in the Queen's Plate as the 6-5 favorite.

Mike Fox, Alezzandro, and Marchfield trained for the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie on Sunday.

Mike Fox, the Queen's Plate winner, left his Woodbine base on Sunday morning and returned home shortly after breezing five furlongs in 1:00.60 and galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.60 under his regular rider, Emma-Jayne Wilson.

"Emma was happy with the way he handled everything," said Ian Black, who trains Mike Fox for D. Morgan Firestone. "I thought it went well."

Alezzandro, the Queen's Plate runner-up, arrived at Fort Erie on Friday afternoon, and on Sunday worked five furlongs in 59.20 seconds and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 under exercise rider Melanie Giddings. Alezzandro was to remain at Fort Erie.

"He handled himself well," said Kevin Attard, who trains Alezzandro for Knob Hill Stable and the Estate of Steve Stavro.

Todd Kabel retains the mount on Alezzandro for the Prince of Wales.

Marchfield, who ran seventh in the Queen's Plate as the third choice in the betting, checked in at the Fort on Saturday and schooled there that afternoon.

On Sunday Marchfield breezed four furlongs in 48.80 under regular rider Patrick Husbands and schooled again between races before returning to Woodbine.

"Patrick and I were both very pleased with the way he breezed," said Mark Casse, who trains Marchfield for the colt's owner and breeder, Eugene Melnyk.

Daaher, who ran fourth in the Queen's Plate, had his final tune-up for the Prince of Wales at Saratoga on Sunday, clocked for four furlongs in 48.87 over the Oklahoma training track with exercise rider Bernie Dalton in the irons.

Owned by Shadwell Stable, Daaher finished fourth while making only his third start in the Queen's Plate.

"He's still a little bit green," said assistant trainer Neal McLaughlin, who has been with Daaher at Saratoga. "We're trying to teach him a few things, so we put him in behind two horses and let him get some dirt in his face.

"Then he went between the two horses, and opened up about five lengths on them at the wire and about 10 lengths galloping away. It was really impressive and what we were looking for."

New York-based rider Mike Luzzi has picked up the mount on Daaher.

Art Magnuson will be the trainer of record in the Prince of Wales since Kiaran McLaughlin is serving a medication-related suspension through Wednesday, the day entries will be drawn for the race.