10-year-old Wayward Prince is trained by Hilary Parrott and is very experienced with 16 chase starts during his career.
He has earned connections in excess of £175K and has won at both Cheltenham as well as twice at Aintree. The two Aintree wins were back in April 2010 in the Sefton novices Hurdle and December 2012 in the Betfred Treble Odds Chase.
Very few entries this year have had as many Aintree starts as Wayward Prince who has five in total so that knowledge of the course and the familiarity of it should be a real advantage.
Although he appears to run and perform better on better ground, the issue with Wayward Prince is that he is a three miler. He has started on 3m1f nine times, winning and placing in five of them and despite a bump up in distance on four other occasions he has never won or placed so stamina may be a big problem for him.
He has had four races this season and ran at Aintree on December 7th 2013 but had to be pulled-up which required treatment to his back with his trainer Hilary Parrott saying: “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 okay.”
Result: He ran but couldn’t get around falling at fence 28 with jockey Jack Doyle on board.
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