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Prince rules at Ripon

Mon, 27 August 2012

Deauville Prince showed good battling qualities to emerge triumphant in the Ripon Champion Two Yrs Old Trophy.

Tom Dascombe's juvenile was the 3-1 second favourite for the six-furlong Listed prize, having finished fourth in what looked a better race at Deauville earlier this month.

Following a fast start, Richard Kingscote was happy to let his mount bowl along at the head of affairs, but he appeared booked for second when course and distance winner Melody Of Love ranged up from the rear of the field. The two major players settled down to fight it out, but it was Deauville Prince who found most for pressure to fight off the less experienced runner-up by a length and a quarter.

Kingscote said: "He's as hard as nails. He's had a few runs now and knows his job. He's very laid-back and takes it all really well. He's just a nice sort.

"It was a solid race in France. He did nothing wrong and finished fourth.

"He's now got black type and he's going the right way. He gets seven furlongs, but six furlongs and soft ground today suited him well."