The strapping son of Lope de Vega raced only once in first two seasons in training, finishing runner-up at Redcar in the autumn, but he showed the benefit of being allowed time to mature, coasting home by three lengths on the bridle from the promising Cape To Cuba.
Settled in fourth by Andrea Atzeni as the early gallop proved pedestrian, Zabeel Prince raced enthusiastically through the first half-mile, but he made his ground up very easily and only needed to be pushed out against the far-side rail to record an emphatic success, the second leg of a treble on the card for his in-form jockey.
Purchased for 325,000 guineas at Book 1 of the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale, Zabeel Prince is a half-brother to the Group 1-placed Puissance De Lune and Listed performer His Majesty, and he did nothing here to suggest he cannot progress into a stakes performer across the course of the summer.
Roger said: “Zabeel Prince is a horse I have always liked and he has just taken a bit of time to mature. He did this very easily and he has lots of potential – I hope he can develop into an exciting performer.”