The Henry II Stakes (Thursday, 19.05) is a group-2 race run over 2-miles and 50-yards at Sandown. It is limited to 4-year-olds and upwards, and was first run in 1963.
Winners have been aged 4 to 9
Winners have been drawn 1 to 7
Winners have carried 8-11 to 9-6
Only 2 of the last 10 runners had won last time out
7 of the last 10 winners had already run in the same year
SPs have ranged from 5/4 to 20/1
Quest For More
Hated the ground at Meydan on his only start this year, but was a model of consistency on his last four runs of last season, winning a group 1 and a group 2, and twice runner-up in group 2s. However, his 7lb penalty for that group 1 win means he has to concede 7lb to the equally rated Big Orange.
Dual Goodwood Cup winner, who had Quest For More behind on both occasions, and is 7lb better of here. Obvious chance on that form, and run-style promises to be suited to Sandown, as he is a tough horse to pass if he gets an early lead.
Has looked ideally suited by 14-furlongs having won 3 of his last 10 starts over that trip, but it’s possible that he’ll find further improvement stepped-up in trip here. Needs to do though, as he has 9lb to find with Big Orange.
5-year-old who we’ve yet to see the best of, and interesting that his stable have started to have winners this week. Still has 14lb to find with Big Orange though.
Vent De Force
Was given an easy time in the lead when winning this race two years ago. Nowhere near that force since, and unlikely to get an easy lead here.
German 4-year-old who has been campaigned at a high-level, though balance of form says he has plenty to find, even if the step-up in trip is a help.
She Is No Lady
Decent second here last year in a Listed Race on soft ground, and again enjoyed that level of company when winning her final start. Found life tough in between those race in the Ebor Handicap though, and a true run race may just find her out against proven group-class horses.
2017 Henry II Stakes Summary
There’s not any compelling trends to base an opinion here, so it could be as simple as backing the most obvious winner Big Orange. He’s at least 7lb well-in with all of his rivals on ratings, and could thoroughly enjoy bowling along in the front around here, especially if the ground dries up to at least good.
Big Orange – 2pt win @ 5/4 Black Type