Impressive 1-2 in Gr.3 Henry II Stakes for sons of Nathaniel


Nathaniel progeny demonstrated again their toughness in landing the first and second places in the Gr.3 Coral Henry II Stakes at Sandown Park tonight.

A new Group winner for Nathaniel, Quickthorn made all and kept on gamely to win by one and three-quarter lengths under a fantastic ride by Tom Marquand, with Nate The Great finishing second ridden by Hollie Doyle.

Trained by Hughie Morrison for owner Lady Blyth, Quickthorn was following up his second place by just a head in the Gr.3 Longines Sagaro Stakes at Ascot last month having also finished second to Trueshan in the Listed Barry Hills Further Flight Stakes at Nottingham a few weeks earlier. He has now won five races and nearly £225,000 in prize money for his connections. Bred by Lemington Grange Stud, the five-year-old is out of Daffydowndilly (Oasis Dream), a daughter of Stakes winner Art Eyes and from the family of the Derby and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner and leading sire High Chaparral.

Hughie Morrison said: “Quickthorn is a damn good galloper and Tom said the ground was quick enough for him today and he could feel he wasn’t enjoying it down the hill. I think the autumn is his life.”

Nate The Great was also adding to his Stakes form having previously been placed in five other Stakes races. He is currently trained by Andrew Balding and has won nearly £150,000 in prize money. Owned and bred by Mildmay Racing & DH Caslon, the six-year-old is out of Theladyinquestion (Dubawi), a half-sister to Gr.2 winning two-year-old and Gr.1 placed three-year-old and sire James Garfield.

Both horses look to have an exciting season ahead for their connections and Nathaniel.