Prince of Arran is said to be returning to his best before a fourth and final Melbourne Cup shot.
The eight-year-old boy trained by Charlie Fellowes finished in places in the last three editions of Flemington’s famous race, but retirement was considered after below-average efforts in early 2021.
Fellowes believes Prince of Arran wasn’t himself earlier in the campaign, but all is well ahead of a warm-up run in the September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday.
“He ran two huge races in Australia last year and didn’t win any,” Fellowes said. Sky Sports Racing. “He’s been bitterly unlucky both times.
“In the Caulfield Cup he had a draw and then in the Melbourne Cup he got caught in a pocket at the worst possible time.
“I think it took him a long time to get over that. He just wasn’t the same horse in the spring. You could see that mentally he wasn’t in the right place.
“We gave him time, and to be honest, we didn’t know if he maybe had enough.
“But we prepared him for this race to go to Australia and with every job he just got better and better.
“Jamie Spencer sat on top of him on Saturday, having him rode in the spring, and he really couldn’t believe the difference in him. He said he felt like a two year old again. He’s a lot. happier and more enthusiastic.
“It looks like a decent race [September Stakes] but he’s a really good horse around Kempton and I would just like to see him run well. If he does, all options are open. “
Fellowes has started the long process of getting the Prince of Arran for medical examinations before his journey underground.
“He’s been through a lot, but he’s eight, so he’s been through a lot more in his career and took him like a pro,” Fellowes said.
“It’s not cheap at all and it will keep a lot of people from going. It will definitely hamper those romantic little landlord stories.
Luckily the Prince of Arran won over £ 2million so he covered the costs.
“It’s a huge undertaking and if we hadn’t had such a good record in Australia and without Prince of Arran’s previous experience, I probably wouldn’t have made it live.
“We know he loves Australia and takes it all in his stride, so we’re happy to give it a shot and go one last time.”