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Prince set for Wetherby return

Wednesday 18 December 2013

Wayward Prince

Wayward Prince could attempt to atone for a mishap on his latest start at Aintree by going for the William Hill Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day.

The nine-year-old was eventually pulled up on Merseyside after being well behind when sprawling on landing at the first fence.

His trainer Hilary Parrott had been expecting a big run, especially after Wayward Prince had finished runner-up in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby first time out.

"If Wayward Prince is all right after his funny experience at Aintree, he will go for the Rowland Meyrick," said Parrott.

"He did the splits after jumping into the back of a horse at Aintree and was a bit sore in his back afterwards, but we have had him treated and he appears to be OK.

"I will work him this week and if that goes well, I will take him to Wetherby on Boxing Day.

"I was gutted at Aintree because it was an encouraging run at Wetherby before that, but that's racing I suppose.

"He likes good ground. It was beautiful ground when he was second in the Charlie Hall, so let's hope it's like that again."

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