Brown Panther continues winning run in Henry II
Tom Dascombe’s Brown Panther continued his winning run with a dogged staying performance in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown on Thursday. Bred and part owned by former footballer Michael Owen, the 6yo, a gallant eight in last year’s Melbourne Cup and a winner of the Ormonde Stakes at Chester on his reappearance, looked better than ever when taking this Group 3 contest with relative ease.
Under another well timed ride from jockey Richard Kingscote, Brown Panther took control of the race 2 furlongs out having passed the front running German raider Girolamo and stayed on impressively to the line to beat the rallying High Jinx by 3 1/2 lengths, with Whiplash Willie back in third.
The Ascot Gold Cup is next up on the agenda for the winner, before another possible tilt at the Melbourne Cup as his delighted trainer confirmed afterwards:
“All he can do is turn up (at Ascot) and do his best. He goes on any ground, trip doesn’t seem to be an issue and we are delighted with him.
“Our horses rarely win first time out and he only had to beat a non-stayer (at Chester) so today was a test and realistically he had to come out on top if he was going to go for the Gold Cup.
“He’s a half-brother to some three-mile hurdlers so the trip shouldn’t be an issue. He just seems to have come to himself. He’s easier to train and he’s probably just a typical late-maturing son of Shirocco.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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