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Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Can anyone catch trailblazers Take Cover and Caspian Prince?

Speedy Prince: Caspian Prince (No2), trained by Tony Coyle, lands a third victory in the Epsom Dash
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4.00 Newbury
Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes (Group 3) 3yo+ | 5f | ITV4/RUK

Those jockeys sitting on a horse that needs to be held up for a late run will have to take an extra gulp of courage as the guaranteed pace in this race is represented by two sprinters at the top of their game, despite their advancing years. 

Ten-year-old Take Cover has been in as good a form as ever this season, adding the Beverley Bullet last time out to an earlier Listed success at York in July. 

David Griffiths will not need to issue any riding instructions since Take Cover only knows one way of running, namely to go flat out from the gate. 

Similar comments apply to the eight-year-old Caspian Prince, who must attempt to defy a 5lb penalty for beating susequent Nunthorpe heroine Marsha in the Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh. 

A return to that venue yielded a fourth-placed effort behind Caravaggio on Irish Champions Weekend this month. 

"He was unlucky in Ireland where the ground went against him," said trainer Tony Coyle. "He's much better on good ground or better and he's in good form. He beat Marsha in a Group 2 but there’s barely any difference between that and a Group 3."

Can Cox maintain red-hot sprint form?

There are very few shortcuts to easy money when it comes to betting in sprints, but over the last few weeks backing runners from the Clive Cox yard blind in such races comes quite close. 

On form, Priceless is the clear pick of his two runners and is the choice of Adam Kirby.

Again she must defy a Group 2 penalty for her success in the Temple Stakes but showed she remains in good heart when fifth in the Nunthorpe last month. 

Hector Crouch gets the call aboard Go On Go On Go On, who looks to back up a decent third-placed effort in the Scarbrough Stakes at Doncaster last week. 

"Priceless has a Group 2 penalty but the ground is the main reason we're pleased to shoulder that penalty as she's a better filly on drier conditions," said Cox. "She ran a blinder in the Nunthorpe last time and she looks fantastic for the time of year.

"Go On Go On Go On ran well at Doncaster last week. This is another step up, but we wanted to take advantage of the drier ground."

Is Cotai Glory in the same form as when winning this in 2016?

Cotai Glory (farside) beat Alpha Delphini in this race twelve months ago
It could easily be argued that the Charlie Hills-trained five-year-old has had a slightly underwhelming season and yet, if measured through his third placed effort in the Nunthorpe – a race he was fourth in 12 months earlier – Cotai Glory might be running into form at just the right time.
 
"I'm delighted with how he came out of his run in the Flying Five on Irish Champions Weekend and he won this race last year, so it could be a good spot for him," said Hills. "The ground was awful in Ireland and didn’t suit him but I thought he showed his old zest early on."
 
Two go for Sheikh Hamdan
 
The choice of Jim Crowley, Muthmir is the third member of the line-up to be saddled with the 5lb penalty, thanks to his win in the Prix du Gros-Chene at Chantilly on French Derby day at the beginning of June. 
 
William Haggas has been restricted by the weather to just two subsequent starts, with his fourth place behind Lady Aurelia reading particularly well in the context of this race.
 
Racing manager Angus Gold said: "The summer has been a washout and every time we've tried to run him it has gone soft. With any luck we’ll get a run into him at least."

John Gosden got a confidence-boosting win into Waady at Leicester last time and the lightly-raced five-year-old would be a danger to all here if returning to the form of the early part of last summer, when he ran very well in the Palace House, the Temple Stakes and the King's Stand. 
 
"He's mad and always has been ever since we bought him at the breeze-up but he's very talented and very fast," said Gold. "He had a nice break and then won at Leicester, so hopefully he can run well."


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He beat Marsha in a Group 2 but there’s barely any difference between that and a Group 3
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