Fellowes plotting Riyadh run for Prince Of Arran

Star stayer in line for Saudi Cup meeting.

  • Thursday 12 December
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Prince Of Arran is likely to head to Saudi Arabia for the inaugural Saudi Cup meeting on February 29.

The globetrotting six-year-old could only finish 11th of 14 in the Hong Kong Vase on Sunday, a run that came after he went close in the Melbourne Cup for a second time.

Trainer Charlie Fellowes feels his stable star just lacks a change of gear against the best over a mile and a half, but he will be more at home in the Red Sea Turf Handicap over a mile and seven furlongs, with $2.5million up for grabs.

Fellowes said: “He’s taken the trip home really well. He’ll probably have an easy time up until Christmas and then come January we’ll start to pick things up.

“At the moment the plan is to head to Saudi Arabia for the new meeting out there at the end of February.

“I think he’s best over two miles, or certainly further than a mile and a half. Although they are very decent horses, he gets away with it in Australia, but the race on Sunday was a proper Group One.

“We had a Derby winner (Anthony Van Dyck) behind us, amongst others, and there were no hiding places. Over 12 furlongs he’s probably just not quite sharp enough or good enough.

“I’ve watched a video of the winner (Glory Vase) who carried a helmet cam and the turn of foot he showed to sweep past us shows the difference between Prince Of Arran and the genuine Group One 12-furlong horses.”

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