Trainer David Harrison says he will instruct jockey Paul Harvey to try and take a sit off the speed with Jericho Missile in the 3YO Classic at Ascot’s season-opening meeting on Saturday.
Harvey reunites with Jericho Missile for his first official outing since the Smart Missile gelding won the Crystal Slipper Stakes (1100m) on debut at Ascot last year.
Champion hoop William Pike partnered Jericho Missile to win the Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) at Pinjarra in March when Harvey was injured.
Pike was also aboard Jericho Missile at his previous start in the Karrakatta Plate (1200m) last April when he finished 10th of 16 to Dig Deep.
Unbeaten in two first up starts, Jericho Missile ran second in a barrier trial, run down late by Roger The Roman after sitting outside the leader.
Harrison expects a top showing from Jericho Missile, but has warned punters to be cautious about setting high expectations first-up over 1000m.
“He is very well and has come through the trial nicely and has worked well since,” Harrison told Tabradio.
“It’s probably going to be a bit short for him.
“He has a nice barrier and we are going to try and sit him off the speed a little bit.
“We will probably sit him back as we head to the Guineas if we can.
“I would rather educate him a bit more and hopefully he will be hitting the line nicely.”
Jericho Missile, a $77,500 yearling, has drawn barrier four.
The Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) is run on November 23.