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Prince Of Arran has 'unfinished business' ahead of his outing in the Hong Kong Vase

Newmarket trainer Charlie Fellowes feels that Prince Of Arran has some ‘unfinished business’ in Hong Kong ahead of his outing in the Far East this weekend.

Following a third-placed finish in last year’s Melbourne Cup, Fellowes’ stable star then travelled over to Sha Tin for the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Vase, where he came home down the field in eighth.

He will go again in the same race on Sunday, and this time makes the trip on the back of an even better performance in Melbourne, having been promoted to runner-up in Australia’s most famous race last month.

Prince Of Arran preparing in Hong Kong (23127721)
Prince Of Arran preparing in Hong Kong (23127721)

Asked about the six-year-old’s chances ahead of today’s draw, Bedford House-based Fellowes said: “We have unfinished business in Hong Kong.

“I told everyone at Sha Tin last December that Prince Of Arran was in even better shape than he had been in Australia but he got gate 14 and nothing went right for him. Actually I think he still ran a huge race, all things considered.

“I would not want to be right on the inside but three to seven would be ideal. Our horse doesn’t want to lead but he wants to be close up. That is how he likes to race.

“He is a highly intelligent horse and seems to find travelling very stimulating so it keeps him fresh.

“Also I think that intelligence means that he only does as much as he has to – all his wins have been by narrow margins – so you never really get to the bottom of him and that also implies that he can last longer as a racehorse.”

Jockey Michael Walker will be back in Prince Of Arran’s saddle having served his ban for excessive use of the whip during the Melbourne Cup.

The Kiwi has partnered the Saeed bel Obaida-owned horse on each of his last three appearances.