A winner of the Sapphire Stakes in 2017, the veteran Caspian Prince has a solid chance of reclaiming his title on Sunday afternoon at the Curragh 15.10 following a run of good efforts in the UK.
His recent third to Kurious in the Coral Charge at Sandown was another outstanding run from this 10-year-old and I make him the main danger to my first selection in my Lucky 15, EQUILATERAL.
Highly rated by trainer Charlie Hills, the youngster put up his best performance of the season when a neck second to Mabs Cross in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket.
I fancy that a repeat of that form would be good enough to see off Mick Appleby’s old boy and multiple course and distance winner El Astronaute.
The Group Two Kilboy Estates Stakes at 15.45 at the same track looks a fascinating contest for the fillies and mares and CHABLIS should finally get off the mark in her three-year-old campaign.
To my eyes the daughter of Galileo has looked an out and out stayer, but when she ran over 12 furlongs two outings back in the Munster Oaks, she simply didn’t seem to handle the track that afternoon.
This more conventional course should be right up her street and I will be surprised if she can’t see off the likes of the six-year-old Red Sea and the William Haggas raider Move Swiftly.
Hepijeu is on a golden run of form for Stuart Edmunds and lines up for his hat-trick bid in the feature 3m 2f staying handicap chase at Stratford 15.00.
However, I think the assessor may well have his measure and the value alternative has to be the veteran DOING FINE. The handicapper is beginning to show a bit of mercy to the 11-year-old having dropped him 10lbs for his last three starts. If the ground remains on top, he could make the most of the weight he receives from the majority of his rivals.
Let’s complete our multiple bet with CAIUS MARCIUS in the big novice chase at Newton Abbot 14.40.
A fast and fluent jumper of a fence, he reversed recent form with the smart Nietzsche at Hexham and will be hard to catch around this tight track if he employs his front running tactics.
*Prices correct at publishing