Jericho Shows Serious Talent
Exciting two-year-old colt Jericho burst on the city winner’s scene to take out the $40,000 Pro-Ride Maiden Handicap (1100m) at Warwick Farm on Wednesday 4 May.
At just his second career start, the Triple Crown-owned son of Smart Missile backed up his natural display of talent at home, to where it matters most, the race track, with a gutsy performance to get the better of Virgilio by a long head.
The short-priced race-favourite had no favours and had to work hard during the run, taking flight early at the 600 metre mark before in-form hoop Blake Shinn asked for another successful effort in the final stages.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden always believed Jericho had the potential to win, but that it was still a matter of getting the job done.
“He’s always shown great talent at home but we didn’t come here today thinking it was a given [that he’d win]; he still needed to go out there and do it – and thankfully he did with a bit of determination,” explained Snowden.
“There are more wins in store for this horse and we’ll give him every opportunity to get up to Brisbane this campaign.
Champion Group 1 winning jockey Blake Shinn, who’s formed a great association with Triple Crown and Team Snowden, was pumped with the victory.
“There was plenty of speed on in the race and he’ll take a lot of improvement and confidence out of the win.
He’s a very nice horse who I’d like to stick with.”
A $180,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase, Jericho, by one of the countries hottest young sires in Smart Missile out of Advance To Go, has had two career starts for a win and a fourth behind Group 1 Sires Produce winner and Golden Slipper runner up Yankee Rose in the Golden Gift (1100m) on 21 November 2015.
Triple Crown are currently offering shares in another promising Smart Missile colt out of Iguana Jo, so please contact the team for more information before he sells out.