Prince plucks Daffodil spoils
The feature £50,000 Betfred Daffodil Vase Chase at Haydock yesterday provided a stirring finish with Brian Hughes giving Howard Johnson's Prince De Beauchene a cracking ride to take the spoils from the highly touted Salut Flo.
There was nothing between the two former French-trained geldings at the last fence, but Prince De Beauchene (7/1) proved the stronger on the run-in under Hughes' driving to forge three and a quarter lengths clear at the line.
Hughes, who was deputising for the suspended Denis O'Regan, said: "I rang Denis this morning and he said Prince De Beauchene was a nice horse. Howard said that he was not worried about dropping him back to two and a half miles as he was not slow, and I think he will improve from this, it was only his third run over fences over here."
Meanwhile, Andrew Balding has a mouthwatering choice of targets for Pipette after she swept through the field to land the 32red.com Fillies' Conditions Stakes at Kempton. Pipette is well regarded and showed why in obliging as the well-backed 13/8 favourite under Jimmy Fortune.
"She has done that well and we will look at the (1,000) Guineas next so long as the ground is on the soft side," Balding said. "If it comes up quick we will go to the Pretty Polly and there is the Oaks and French Oaks to consider."
Also at Kempton, Shamwari Lodge is another which may have a profitable season ahead judged on her power-packed victory in the Listed 32Red Casino Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes.