At the age of six, Brown Panther is beginning to look the complete package in the staying races, as he demonstrated in abundance at Sandown Park this evening, romping away from his toiling rivals in the Cantor Fitzgerald Henry IInd Stakes.
A field of 11 went to post for a race which often casts an angle on the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Despite the soft ground starting stalls were used for the 2 miles and 78 yards contest.
Menorah was slow out of the stalls in his first race on the Flat but the field went a sedate pace with the German runner Girolamo taking the field along with El Salvador in second and Brown Panther just behind the Aidan O’Brien runner.
Girolamo continued to dictate at halfway but few cards had been played at this point, although that grand hurdler Menorah had visibly made some ground on the outside and Cambourne was patiently ridden in last place.
As the field began the long turn for home, Seismos ploughed a lone furrow on the far rail as the rest of the runners moved to the stands side but it was a ploy that failed to pay off for Andrea Atzeni.
Brown Panther at the furlong pole went on and asserted, galloping clear of the staying on High Jinx with Whiplash Willie running a fabulous race to finish third.
It looks as though all roads lead to the Gold Cup now for the Tom Dascombe trained horse who has definitely strengthened up and looks to have a leading chance in the big one next month.