Leading trainer Clive Cox has a bunch of strong two year old sprinters at his disposable this season and he looks to be sending both of them to the Group One Prix Morny in France.
Group Two Coventry Stakes winner Nando Parrado and Group Two Richmond Stakes winner Supremacy are set to clash at Deauville with the prize money on offer to good to pass up for the trainer.
Supremacy on Thursday laid down a big gauntlet for the rest of the juvenile sprinting division by landing the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood by four lengths, following in the footsteps of his sire Mehmas.
Nando Parrado on the other hand was the big shock winner at Royal Ascot in the Coventry Stakes when installed at odds of 150/1 no one gave him a chance bar his trainer and he went on to dominate the field in the final stages.
The colt was set to have raced since that win at the royal meeting with the Group Two Prix Robert Papin at Chantilly located as his target but after suffering a small setback he bypassed that and will now contest the Prix Morny.
(Credit ATR) Clive Cox explained what happened with the setback and said: “It was just before we were going to run in the Papin.
“He worked yesterday and we were very pleased that he’s come through that work really well.”
Cox is aware how lucky he is to have not just one but two smart juveniles and added: “I am very pleased that we’re talking about the race (the Prix Morny) for two really high-class two-year-olds – a Coventry winner and a Richmond winner. At the moment they would both be intended runners, we’ll just have to see how it pans out. It’s just a huge thrill to be talking in the same breath about two horses of that calibre.
“Nando Parrado would definitely cope with more ease in the ground, if that was the case, but we can’t really be sure at this time of year. Supremacy will very much be in charge of his own well being in the mean time, having only run last week, but first impressions are very favourable.”