Prince primed for Leicester success
Ashley Iveson previews all of Monday's action in the UK and Ireland with UAE Prince fancied for belated success.
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HAMILTON: 2.20 Mutahaady, 2.50 Lady Wootton, 3.20 Dutch Dream, 3.50 Bybrook, 4.20 Darrington, 4.50 Operateur, 5.20 Canny Style, 5.50 Madam Mai Tai.
KEMPTON: 2.10 Zavikon, 2.40 Draw Swords, 3.10 Oudwood, 3.40 Castellated, 4.10 Rasmee, 4.40 Alqubbah, 5.10 Torch, 5.40 Broughtons Vision.
LEICESTER: 2.00 Believable, 2.30 Cautious Optimism, 3.00 Presence Process, 3.30 Straightothepoint, 4.00 UAE PRINCE (NAP), 4.30 Poster Girl, 5.00 Diamonds A Dancing, 5.30 Poor Duke.
DOUBLE: Straightothepoint and Uae Prince
Uae Prince is a fascinating contender in the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Maiden Stakes at Leicester.
The son of Sea The Stars cost 650,000 guineas as a yearling a couple of years ago, but did not make the racecourse at two and has raced just once this season.
He brought a big reputation into his only competitive start to date at this venue back in April, but let down favourite backers after passing the post third.
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However, hindsight tells us that was not as disappointing as it might have seemed at the time, with the winner, Imperial Aviator, now rated almost 100 and the runner-up, Ulysses, a subsequent Derby runner and Group Three winner.
Uae Prince has presumably has one or two issues since, but remains an exciting prospect and can make a successful comeback at the main expense of the highly-rated Lovely Story.
Bryan Smart has surely never enjoyed a more fruitful run than in the last six weeks and his Straightothepoint can go well off bottom weight in the A.T. Services Ltd Handicap.
The four-year-old won at Ripon in May off 79 and has been running consistently ever since without getting his head in front again.
Second to the well handicapped Reputation at Leicester in August, he ran another solid race last time out when third at Haydock dropped down to five furlongs.
Smart is persevering at the minimum distance and he might be better off in a higher class of race with less weight on his back.
Trainer Karl Burke is also enjoying an excellent run of form and can add to his tally with Mutahaady in Hamilton's racinguk.com Nursery Handicap.
Following a couple of fair efforts in defeat, the gelded juvenile looked to have his limitations exposed in better company at York in July, after which he was sensibly switched to handicaps.
Running from an opening perch of 69, Mutahaady won comfortably at Carlisle and a 5lb hike is not insurmountable, with talented claimer Clifford Lee taking over in the saddle from Dougie Costello.
All-weather fare comes from Kempton, where Rasmee might be the answer to the ApolloBet Premier League Cashback Handicap.
Marco Botti's charge has been beaten on each of his three starts to date, but there has been definite promise in his last couple of starts when placed at Wolverhampton and Chelmsford.
A mile and a quarter looked a shade short when third at Chelmsford last month and the return to a mile and a half, coupled with the application of blinkers, make him of serious interest on his handicap bow.
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