Coral Henry II Stakes
Group 3, Sandown 14:25
£37,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 50y, Class 1   
Sunday 5th July 2020

Trainers Quotes

1 Dashing Willoughby 11/4
2 Spanish Mission 9/2
3 Cross Counter 11/8F
5 ran Distances: 1¼l, 11l, ½l
Time: 3m 35.36s (slow by 2.86s)

Last year’s Queen Vase winner made it two wins from as many starts this season, following up his comeback Listed victory at Newmarket in the rescheduled Group Three. 

Displaying a willing attitude for Oisin Murphy, Dashing Willoughby found plenty on his return to two miles to keep Spanish Mission at bay by a length and a quarter. 

Trainer Andrew Balding said of the 11-4 winner: “It was really good. We made a bit of a mess of it last year running him too many times. Just with a bit of gap between his races seems to really suit him and he was obviously in good form today. 

“These stayers put their heart and soul into the races and they take a lot out of themselves. I probably hadn’t appreciated that with him last year and we probably went to the well a couple of times too many. 

“He looked good at Newmarket last time. It is very pleasing, as the owner Mick Mariscotti was the financial director at Coral and it will give him great delight to taking Coral’s sponsorship money.”

Though Dashing Willoughby was introduced at 10-1 by some firms for the Qatar Goodwood Cup, the Kingsclere handler hinted he may keep Dashing Willoughby fresh for a tilt at next month’s Lonsdale Cup at York. 

He added: “Obviously we will have a look at Goodwood, but the likelihood is that we will wait for the Lonsdale and go there. He has done enough today to get in a Melbourne Cup if that is a goer in the autumn. That will be very much his goal.”

Henry II Stakes (Group 3)
£37,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 50y, Class 1
5 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

1 (1)      Dashing Willoughby 4 9-2 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 11/4
2 (2)
Spanish Mission 4 9-2 David Simcock Ryan Moore 9/2
3 (4)
11 Cross Counter 5 9-2 Charlie Appleby William Buick 11/8F
4 (3)
½ Withhold 7 9-2 Roger Charlton Jason Watson 6/1
5 (5)
21 Summer Moon 4 9-2 Mark Johnston Joe Fanning 12/1