Caspian Prince will attempt to make history by winning the Investec Corporate Banking ‘Dash’ Handicap for a fourth time, and all for different trainers, at Epsom on Saturday.
Successful for Tony Carroll in 2014, then Dean Ivory in 2016 and Tony Coyle last term, the nine-year-old speedster is now in the care of Michael Appleby.
Other past winners in the 20-strong line-up are David Griffiths’ top-weight Duke Of Firenze, successful in 2013, and 2015 victor Desert Law, trained by Paul Midgley, who also has Tarboosh and Tanasoq.
Among other seasoned sprinters in the mix are Scott Dixon’s Dark Shot, who was only beaten a short head by Caspian Prince last summer, and Carroll’s Boom The Groom, third in 2015.
Last year’s winner Sovereign Debt is among a field of eight declared for the Investec Diomed Stakes.
Ruth Carr’s popular grey was completing a hat-trick when lifting the Group Three prize 12 months ago but has not won since then. He is re-opposed by last year’s runner-up, the Richard Fahey-trained Gabrial.
David Simcock is double-handed with Arod and Breton Rock while True Valour, from Johnny Murtagh’s stable, is the sole Irish challenger.
Simcock is represented by Soul Silver in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes, which has drawn a field of eight.
Richard Hannon’s Anna Nerium will be a fancied to return to the form she showed when winning the European Free Handicap after being beaten in the 1000 Guineas.
Fahey’s Dance Diva is the other three-year-old standing her ground while David O’Meara’s Lincoln Rocks and Roger Varian’s Shenanigans are sure to have their supporters.
Diaphora, winner of a Listed race at Hanover, will attempt to lift the Group Three spoils for German trainer Marks Klug.