Noble Prince has plenty to prove

Updated: December 22, 2011

Paul Nolan admits Noble Prince faces an uphill battle against Big Zeb in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown on Tuesday.

Noble Prince finished two lengths behind the latter in last month’s Fortria Chase at Navan and with the testing conditions at Leopardstown against Nolan’s charge, he feels Big Zeb will be difficult to beat in Tuesday’s Grade One event.

“He’s in good form and I suppose he’s vulnerable in ground like that, but we have to run in what we have to run in,” Nolan told At The Races.

“He’s in good shape and we couldn’t be happier with the horse. There’s no point saying I’m confident as we have a fair few pounds to find with Big Zeb.

“I suppose we have our chance, but possibly something might have to go wrong with Big Zeb to beat him on that ground.”

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