Yard-hopping globetrotter Prince seals the hat-trick
The market pointed to a previous scorer landing another Dash, with previous scorers Duke Of Firenze and Desert Law both well fancied, but punters who ignored the third of the previous winners in the field were left to lick their wounds as 25-1 shot Caspian Prince landed the world’s fastest five-furlong sprint for a third time, and for a third different trainer and jockey.
Tony Coyle was the man responsible for saddling the eight-year-old son of Dylan Thomas this year, after Dean Ivory sent him out to win last year, while Tony Carroll started the Derby day ball rolling in 2014.
Caspian Prince, who has now won £538,000 in prize-money, would have given the lightning that struck Epsom on Friday a run for its money as he exploded from stall two – although not quite as quickly as A Momentofmadness who momentarily looked to have got a flier.
Duke Of Firenze put in a big run in his bid to follow up his 2013 victory, while Dark Shot was the last to try to peg back Caspian Prince, but they could not reel in Caspian Prince and Tom Eaves.
Yard-hopping and globetrotting has become the norm for Caspian Prince, who was busy in Dubai and Qatar in the early months of this year when trained by Roger Fell, after a spell with David Loughnane last year.
Coyle has had Caspian Prince for just six weeks and, despite their relatively new relationship, the North Yorkshire-based trainer unsurprisingly said the Dash had always been on the agenda after runs at Chester and York last month.
He said: “Epsom suits him – he loves the place and this has always been the plan since I’ve had him.
“He did well at Chester when he was drawn ten and he looked set for a big run at York, but Tom said his wheels were spinning on the ground and it was a messy race.
“The draw did us no favours here but he showed his early speed to get across. That early speed is his trademark – he wins races in the first two furlongs and then tries to cling on in the final two.
“If there were races over four furlongs he would probably be unbeaten!”
Coyle added: “He’ll have a similar campaign to usual – he could go to Musselburgh for the conditions race there in a few weeks and he did well out in Qatar, so we could go back there.”
Runner-up Dark Shot was only narrowly denied and trainer Andrew Balding said: “He got outpaced early on but came home strong and all but got there. I’m delighted with him.
“He is really improving like his mother [Dark Missile] did, and she won a Wokingham. I think there is a big handicap in him. The Stewards’ Cup would be very much his goal.”
Trainer David Griffiths was delighted with Duke Of Firenze’s performance and is set to step the eight-year-old up in grade. He said: “He has run a cracker and off his highest ever mark of 107 as well. He can still win off that mark.
“I think he will have to step up in class. He is not in the King’s Stand, but the Nunthorpe would be a nice target, and he likes York.”