Former smart chaser Wayward Prince claimed another valuable prize in a fine career that appeared to be on the wane, as he easily landed the Betbright Grimthorpe Chase over 3 ¼ miles at Doncaster this afternoon.
Theatre Queen planted herself at the start, conceding 30 lengths, while at the first fence Aachen, up with the leaders, made a juddering mistake, as did last year’s winner Night In Milan.
Up front Super Duty and Streams Of Whiskey disputed the lead with Caulfields Venture, while Aachen again jumped badly.
As the field raced down the home straight on the first circuit, Streams Of Whiskey led with Night In Milan and Caulfields Venture and these three were in front with a circuit to race, while Theatre Queen had just about caught up with the remainder of the field.
As the field raced down the back straight Streams Of Whiskey still led with Night In Milan, while Wayward Prince had moved right up and asserted as the runners raced over Rose Hill. At the back of the field Farbreaga travelled poorly and tailed off, pulling up with Aachen before the thirteenth fence.
At the next Drop Out Joe made a bad error while Wayward Prince continued to travel strongly and at the fifth from home he jumped well as his nearest pursuer Streams Of Whiskey hit the fence hard and was quickly pulled up.
That left Hilary Parrott’s 11 year old well clear turning for home, with Night Of Milan chasing in second along with Drop Out Joe and there was then a yawning gap back to Mon Parrain.
At the second last Wayward Prince was still clear with Night Of Milan and Drop Out Joe many lengths back and battling for second place, a mile clear of the rest.
The leader comfortably cleared the last and sauntered to an uncontested victory under Robert Dunne, to earn a first victory since December 2012. Drop Out Joe won the battle for second place ahead of Night In Milan, with Theatre Queen remarkably getting up for fourth place.