Prince Of Arran has made himself popular with local players in Australia with his impressive form. He won the Group 3 Geelong Cup and Lexus Stakes, as well as two Melbourne Cup placements.
Prince Of Arran was third at Cross Counter two years ago before being promoted to just under a second to Vow And Declare in last year’s Cup.
Coach Charlie Fellowes has been in charge of preparing Prince Of Arran for the past few years but was unable to travel to Melbourne this year due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Welsh apprentice driver Aled Beech was with Prince Of Arran in Werribee. He said Prince Of Arran’s preparation for the Melbourne Cup was handled via video calls with Fellowes.
Aled Beech kept Prince Of Arran updated on the training track in Werribee. Image: Getty Images
According to Beech, how Prince Of Arran feels at the gallop is far more important to Fellowes than track work hours, which are a key factor for Australian coaches.
“We don’t rely on times as much as you rely on them here,” Beech said.
“He trusts me a lot and I speak for him over there every evening or morning and I think the key is just communicating and being on the same page as me.”
Prince Of Arran took a solid fourth place ahead of Verry Elleegant in his only local Melbourne Cup preparation in the Caulfield Cup.
But Beech said the eight-year-old showed he had improved for that outing at a gallop in Werribee on Wednesday morning.
“He came out of the race very well,” said Beech. “He put the weight back on what he lost and he had a nice blowout this morning, he’s all good.
“There was a lot of hot competition in the race, but the way he stormed home over the past few furlongs has been amazing.”
Prince Of Arran is on target for the Melbourne Cup. Image: Getty Images
Jamie Kah rode Prince Of Arran in the Caulfield Cup and will stay with him in the Melbourne Cup. Kah drove four winners at the Cox Plate meet at The Valley last Saturday.
Buche joked that he raised his hand to ride Prince Of Arran when former driver Michael Walker decided to ride Dashing Willoughby but said Kah did a great job on the gelding in the Caulfield Cup.
“When Charlie was looking for drivers I told him I had my boots on, but he chose Jamie,” Beech joked.
“It was amazing, especially in the past few weeks. I just hope she hasn’t used up all of her winners and keeps one for Tuesday. ”
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