Jericho Missile, an impressive winner on debut at Ascot yesterday, is destined for bigger races, according to trainer, David Harrison.
A $77, 500 yearling, Jericho Missile validated Harrison’s big opinion with a tough victory in the Mumm Champagne-Crystal Slipper Stakes (1100m).
Ridden by Paul Harvey and starting at $3.10, Jericho Miss, a son of Smart Missile, inflicted the first loss on the raging favourite Specialism.
Jericho Miss was perfectly poised behind leader, Jevelation, before Harvey hooked him to the outside before the home turn.
Specialism, a winner at her opening two races, sat outside of the leader and had to be shaken up at the 600m by jockey, Craig Staples.
She shot to the lead inside the final 50m, but couldn’t withstand the finishing surge of Jericho Miss, who prevailed by a long neck.
Rapid Eye Movement was three lengths away third.
Jericho Miss made the perfect start to his racing career after conceding 2kg and race experience to Specialism.
He lived up to his hot trial form including a 5 ½ length heat win two weeks ago.
“It was a good, tough and gutsy win,” Harrison said.
“He has probably improved four or five lengths on his latest trial.
“I think he is a real serious horse and I’ve loved him since I laid eyes on him.
“The world is his oyster and if he pulls up ok he will go to the Magic Millions.”
The $250,000 Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) is run at Pinjarra next February.
Meanwhile Karnup-based gelding Father Knick stole bragging rights in the Tabtouch Regional Championship: The Road To Ascot (1200m).
Aided by a gem ride from Joe Azzopardi, who hugged the fence, Father Knick stormed home from sixth to defeat Fine Scent and Flower Of Scotland.
Azzopardi said Father Knick deserved to win after a luckless last-start second.
“I was hoping and praying and lucky the splits came,” Azzopardi said.
“He had been knocking on the door and it seemed a perfect race for him,” Azzopardi said.
“It’s nice when a plan comes together.”