Carroll Grounded About Prince`s Chances

Caspian Prince will take to the track in the Al Quoz Sprint but his trainer won`t be watching from the track
Photo: Dubai Racing Club // Mathea Kelley

Peniaphobia is one of his rivals but it is aerophobia that has prevented trainer Tony Carroll from being present to see his bold front-runner Caspian Prince (IRE) his chance in the Al Quoz Sprint empowered by Ipic.
The likeable Englishman missed the Dubai World Cup Carnival due to his fear of flying and has had to abandon plans to make the journey from his Worcestershire base to Dubai for Saturday’s raceday.
And by doing so he will miss his six-year-old taking on 15 rivals in the 1000m Group 1 which features runners from Ireland, Hong Kong, USA, South Africa, the UAE and Bahrain.
“I have never liked flying and I did want to go, but I got into the Emirates Lounge at the airport and I couldn’t get on the plane,” explained Carroll.
“I had pills from the doctor and I had taken them but I am terrified of flying and that’s it. It is a shame but there is nothing I can do about it and I would have liked to be there.”
Caspian Prince has won ten of his 43 career starts and has raced four times during the Dubai World Cup Carnival.
His success came at the expense of the re-opposing Hototo, when he blazed a trail to win over the course and distance last month.
“All of his work has been done and he is in terrific form and he is a very, very fast horse,” explained Carroll.
“He has been out here for a while now and won a race under Richard Hughes. His only blip was when we tried him on the dirt and that didn’t work out, but he does like fast ground and he will get that on Saturday.
“He likes to blast out from the stalls and be in front – that is his style and what he will do on Saturday, although there will probably be a couple of others who want to do the same.
“He has had a fantastic time in Dubai and what he has achieved has been a good reward for us.
“He is clearly very talented, very classy and he is a very fast horse. Conditions are the key to him and the ground in Dubai has helped him to show what he is a capable of, although he has always been a very good horse and he won the ‘Dash” at Epsom last year on Derby day.”
He emerged on top of a 19-strong field that day and Carroll is respectful of every opponent he will face on Saturday.
“They are all top-quality horses and he is taking on the best in the world with the likes of Sole Power but he is in top form and I’m looking forward to it,” he added.
Sadly for Carroll his view won’t be from the packed grandstands but from 3400 miles away in England.