TERRY Henderson’s strong autumn hand became even stronger when Danny The Fox registered a strong first-up win in the Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap today at Sportingbet Park.
Henderson and Simon O’Donnell’s OTI syndicate have Manighar, My Quest For Peace, Gatewood, Ibicenco, Prairie Star and Brambles all destined for major autumn features in both Melbourne and Sydney.
Henderson said My Quest For Peace, Prairie and Brambles may all converge on the Australian Cup.
He is unsure where Danny The Fox fits into the autumn mix, but noted the horse could not have been more impressive in his first up win.
“That was a good win. Mick (Price) said it’s the best the horse has looked and he raced that way,” Henderson said.
Danny The Fox, having his first start for four months, kicked well clear to win by two and a quarter lengths from ex Kiwi Red Shift, another OTI-syndicated horse.
Red Shift, formerly trained by Roger James, powered home for second in his first start for Pat Carey.
“He’s exceeded our expectations by a fair way,” Henderson said.
“He’s raced against the best horses in New Zealand as a three-year-old, it’s a good sign from a stayer first-up.”