Investec Specialist Bank Dash
Heritage Handicap, Epsom
£100,000 added,
3yo plus,
5f, Class 2
Saturday 7th June 2014

1 Caspian Prince 9/1
2 Seeking Magic 7/1
3 Addictive Dream 25/1
4 Steps 6/1F
NR: Eton Rifles (IRE)
19 ran Distances: hd, nk, hd
TIME 54.75s (fast by 0.15s)

Caspian Prince edges the photo finish to edge "The Dash".

Caspian Prince
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Caspian Prince

Tony Carroll's Caspian Prince made nearly every yard of the running and just held on from Seeking Magic in the Investec Specialist Bank 'Dash' at Epsom.

Having broken well, the 9-1 chance grabbed the rail in the lightning-fast five-furlong contest, but was pressed for the lead at halfway by Addictive Dream.

Caspian Prince saw off that challenge but was then threatened by Seeking Magic, who looked a huge danger, but Adam Kirby kept him going to beat Clive Cox's charge by a head.

The unlucky loser was the 6-1 favourite Steps, who missed the break under Kieren Fallon and had only three behind him after a furlong before weaving through the field and flashing home into third, a neck behind the runner-up. Addictive Dream finished fourth.

Kirby said: "He's rapid and he's real fun to ride. He's got bags of boot, which is a real good buzz. He battled back and I was surprised as I thought he'd just about had it."

Carroll added: "It means a lot, especially for the team at home. It's been the plan to come here for a while as he won here before. He's not bred to be a sprinter, he's bred to be a mile-and-a-half horse really, so he's a bit of a freak.

"He's got this incredible speed. There's a nice race at Musselburgh in 10 days' time, we could look at that as an option."

Mathematician Betting

Investec Specialist Bank 'Dash' (Heritage Handicap)
£100,000 added, 3yo plus, 5f, Class 2
19 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft places


Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
SP
Distance
1
Caspian Prince
A W Carroll
A Kirby
9st 0lbs
9 - 1
Winner
2
Seeking Magic
C G Cox
Ryan Tate
9st 2lbs
7 - 1
Head
3
Addictive Dream
D Nicholls
M Barzalona
9st 5lbs
25 - 1
Neck
4
Steps
R Varian
K Fallon
9st 12lbs
6 - 1
Head
5
Swan Song
A M Balding
David Probert
9st 3lbs
10 - 1
1/2 length
6
Barnet Fair
L Carter
Louis Steward
8st 9lbs
25 - 1
1 length
7
Monsieur Joe
P T Midgley
T P Queally
9st 7lbs
12 - 1
Head
8
Taajub
P Crate
R Kingscote
8st 7lbs
16 - 1
Neck
9
New Fforest
A M Balding
Oisin Murphy
8st 10lbs
16 - 1
3/4 length
10
Judge 'n Jury
R Harris
S J Drowne
8st 9lbs
33 - 1
Nose
11
Smoothtalkinrascal
D O'Meara
D Tudhope
9st 9lbs
10 - 1
Neck
12
Tangerine Trees
B Smart
R Ffrench
9st 2lbs
20 - 1
Neck
13
Lady Gibraltar
T Jarvis
Joey Haynes
8st 6lbs
16 - 1
3/4 length
14
Elusivity
P Crate
J Quinn
8st 5lbs
10 - 1
1/2 length
15
Racy
B Ellison
F Tylicki
9st 3lbs
25 - 1
Short Head
16
Ballesteros
R A Fahey
Jim Crowley
9st 4lbs
20 - 1
1/2 length
17
Even Stevens
S Dixon
Matthew Hopkins
8st 7lbs
10 - 1
3/4 length
18
Hopes N Dreams
K A Ryan
S A Gray
9st 0lbs
33 - 1
Nose
19
Free Zone
R M H Cowell
Robert Tart
9st 3lbs
25 - 1
1 1/2 length
NR
Eton Rifles
S C Williams
Andrea Atzeni
9st 10lbs
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