Henry the Second's the one
HENRY THE SECOND ran like a stayer on debut, true to his sire, Miracle Man, doing his best work in deep stretch when staying on for second behind Wayne DaCosta's FEARLESS SAMURAI at 1400 metres on Heroes Day.
The bay colt should start favourite in Saturday's Abbie Grannum Memorial, at the same distance, facing seven rivals, three of whom he had behind him on debut - SOTOMAYOR, ROCKDALE and WESTERN WARRIOR.
Trainer Ian Parsard on Thursday told STAR Sports HENRY THE SECOND's main objective remains the biggest two-year-old race of the year, Boxing Day's Supreme Ventures Limited Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes at a mile.
However, the 1400-metre Pick 3 Super Challenge, in another three weeks, could very well be his next assignment.
"Basically, what we're trying to do is break his maiden. If he comes out okay, we will assess what his next move is likely to be. The Pick-3 is a possibility but, based on how he has trained and what we saw of him in his one race to date, the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes is his main objective," Parsard pointed out.
HENRY THE SECOND is a half-brother to ZACKONTHEATTACK, a versatile runner, from 1000 metres straight to nine furlongs and 25 yards. He impressed at exercise, galloping alongside grade one stablemate, LONG RUNNING TRAIN, before making his October 17 debut as an even-money favourite to beat FEARLESS SAMURAI.
However, he was left flat-footed when the pace quickened at the half-mile before racing into the straight as a team with SOTOMAYOR and leaping out of the pack to go in chase of FEARLESS SAMURAI, albeit too late.
Parsard admitted HENRY THE SECOND has "some issues which we're working through with him" but said he has been training well for his return on Saturday.
"He has been training fine. I try not to let them do anything too spectacular. He has trained well and should come back good enough to run on Saturday," he pointed out.
The colt has been mainly cantering but stopped the clockers' watches in 1:07.1 for a five-and-a-half furlong gallop Sunday morning, which should make him a winner on Saturday. With Robert Halledeen replacing apprentice Dane Dawkins.