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Caspian Prince: Aiming for a fourth Dash success

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He may be a prince, but at Epsom Dash he rules sovereignly.

Caspian Prince was the first horse to win the World Pool “Dash” handicap three times in 2017 and will contest its seventh run in the race on Saturday – if it had not been canceled during the coronavirus pandemic last season, he would contest it for the eighth time.

Should he be victorious again, it would be his fourth coach-jockey combo and there are many reasons to believe he could be, even at 12. He’s not the only veteran to play this season as he’s added to the series. from the 2013 winner Duke Of Firenze and Pettochside, who won twice in four starts this year.

Coach Mick Appleby said: “He seems to be as good as always. He broke the course record at Yarmouth last year so he still has a lot of speed. I hope it doesn’t rain too much as it is suitable for faster ground. “

Arc winner Dylan Thomas didn’t bred Caspian Prince for the fastest five stadiums in the world, but he was a perfect match.

“It’s a quick five stadiums and anything downhill that suits him as he’s just fast,” added Appleby. “He won over six stadiums but he has so much early pace and the track shows his strengths as he can get away from them downhill. A lot of speed horses don’t like going downhill as it unbalances them but he’s brilliant at it. “

On Caspian Prince’s chances, Appleby added, “He doesn’t have the best draw in stable four. He had a low draw in 2018 when he wasn’t doing so well. Hopefully he can break and come over quickly.”

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