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Racing: PRINCE TO BE A KING.

Byline: Robert Pratt

PRINCE Among Men looks a good bet to regain the winning thread in the Sean Graham Channel 4 Teletext P616 Hurdle at Musselburgh tomorrow.

The Nicky Richards-trained gelding was bought in for 7,000 guineas after landing a Hereford seller in November and has acquitted himself well on his two starts since, both of which have been in a higher grade.

He failed by two lengths to give 12lb to Gudlage in an amateur riders' event at Newcastle before tackling a class C contest at Ayr on Boxing Day.

Prince Among Men tracked the leaders but could only plug on at one pace to finish third, beaten around 11 lengths by the winner Stormy Lord.

He probably found the conditions at Ayr too testing and with the prospect of good ground at Musselburgh he will be difficult to beat in the day's showcase handicap - particularly off a 2lb lower mark than last time.

BE FAIR appeals as the best bet of the day in the Sean Graham In 'Tatts' At Cheltenham 'British Bred' Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat race.

Don Cantillon's five-year-old entire has created a good impression in winning all his three starts in bumpers, not being extended on any occasion.

His last outing was back in September when he beat Josanjamic by six lengths and he will have to defy a 14lb penalty at Musselburgh.

But he looks a very useful prospect and should not be overlooked despite his lay off.

The prospect of better ground at the Scottish circuit should also be in PROFILER'S favour.

Ferdy Murphy's charge started his racing career with Henry Cecil at Warren Place and has been largely disappointing but he showed enough last time to suggest his turn was near.

He finished third behind Pharbeitfrome on heavy going at Sedgefield where he held every chance until weakening on the run-in.

Improvement can be expected from Profiler tomorrow and he merits an interest in the Sean Graham Alternate SPL Handicap Chase.

SOSSUS VLEI, a useful performer on the Flat for Geoff Wragg, has taken his time to find his feet over timber but judged on his six-length second to the smart Dancing Bay at Plumpton last time he has a great chance to open his jumping account in the sportingoptions.co.uk (Betting Exchange) Handicap Hurdle at Fontwell.

On Wolverhampton's all-weather card easy Lingfield winner Second Paige has sound claims in the Littlewoods Bet Direct AW Jockeys Championship Handicap.

It was only a seller he won at the Surrey track but he scored in good style and appears better than that level.

PARK STAR has won her last two races over the minimum trip at Southwell and Derek Shaw's filly should not be inconvenienced by the step up to six furlongs in the Bet Direct On American Racing Handicap.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 2, 2003
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