Prince Of Arran is to have a racecourse gallop at Chelmsford before Thursday evening’s meeting, as he is prepared for his forthcoming trip to Saudi Arabia.
Charlie Fellowes’ globe-trotting seven-year-old will soon be on his travels again, after being invited to run in the $2.5 million Longines Turf Handicap over a mile and seven furlongs at Riyadh on February 29.
Prince Of Arran is no stranger to long-distance travel, finishing third and second in the last two renewals of the Melbourne Cup and recording two Group Three successes in Australia as well as competing in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in December.
“We’ve been invited, which is great, so we’re looking forward to that,” said Newmarket-based Fellowes.
“He’s in good form. He’s going to go to Chelmsford on Thursday, where he’s going to have a gallop before racing, and that should put him thereabouts. He flies out on the 22nd.
“It’s a different country, but he’s been there and done that – we know he travels – and the conditions of the race should be perfect.”
Fellowes is confident Prince Of Arran will have much to his liking as he bids to take on fellow international stayers again.
“The track should be absolutely perfect,” he said.
“We felt after Hong Kong that perhaps he is better going left-handed than right-handed, and the trip is ideal – just short of two miles – so he has a lot in his favour.
“It looks like a very competitive race that you would expect for that kind of money and we’re really looking forward to it.
“He’s a remarkable horse. To have a horse like him, five years into being a trainer, is just amazing. I’ll have to wait another 20 years for a horse like him.
“He’s been amazing to us – and as long as he keeps delivering, we’ll keep going. But he’s seven years old, so we have to look after him a bit more.
“James Doyle is going to ride him. He knows him well, and he knows Saudi well.”