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Caspian still Prince for Coyle and Curtis

11/01/2018
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Popular veteran Caspian Prince, trained by Tony Coyle, made all under Ben Curtis to win the valuable 5f conditions stakes, on Tapeta at Newcastle last week. The 9yo gelded son of Dylan Thomas, after winning this Fast- Track Qualifier, is now guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 All- Weather Sprint Championships over a furlong further on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, 30 March. Caspian Prince, who carried a 7lb penalty thanks to his Group Two victory over Marsha on The Curragh in July, was quickly into his stride and settled nicely in the lead.

He faced challengers on all sides entering the final two furlongs and it was Atletico, successful over course and distance on his previous start, who emerged as the biggest danger. Atletico challenged strongly inside the final furlong, but game Caspian Prince was not for passing and kept going to score by a head in the fast time of 57.90s, just outside the 5f track record of 57.83s. Caspian Prince, a thrice winner of the valuable Dash Handicap at Epsom Downs, now has won 18 races, including at Meydan in 2015, and enjoyed career earnings of over £631,000. A delighted Curtis said: “It is good when a plan comes together. Caspian Prince improved a lot from his last run which I thought he would, and he was back down to five today.

“He is as game as a pebble and just loves running. Over five furlongs, he can run a bit quicker and enjoys that even more. I left it to him, managed to get a breather in and when the other horse came, it only helped me. “Caspian Prince is a legend to ride. Take him down steady and relaxed, turn him around and go as quick as you can, then fill him up for 100 yards and kick on again. He is an ideal ride. “He has been around the block and run in every race he can, and comes here and is still loving it. If you could buy a horse like that every year, you would be a happy man.”

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