Cox Pair Bound for Morny

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GSWs Supremacy (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) and Nando Parrado (GB) (Kodiac {GB}), both trained by Clive Cox, will clash in the G1 Prix Morny at Deauville on Aug. 23, all being well. The former won the G2 Richmond S. at the Qatar Goodwood Festival on July 30 and claims two wins from three starts, while the latter broke his maiden at second asking in the G2 Coventry S. at Royal Ascot back in June. Cox is relishing the match up between two group-class colts.

“We’re very pleased with the way he’s come out of the race this week,” Cox said of his Richmond S. winner. “That was the first step and he will have an entry in the Prix Morny–we very much think that six furlongs will continue to be his trip. The G1 Middle Park S. at the end of the year is our plan at this stage and we couldn’t be more pleased with what he’s done.”

A minor injury scuppered plans for Nando Parrado to step forward in the G2 Prix Robert Papin, but the son of Kodiac is now in fine fettle 21 days out from the Morny.

Added Cox of Nando Parrado, “He worked yesterday and we were very pleased that he’s come through that work really well. I am very pleased that we’re talking about the race [the Prix Morny] for two really high-class 2-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.”

“I would say he [Nando Parrado] could have the potential to go a little further. He’s given me that impression–he’s a very strong, athletic colt. I think six furlongs is clearly agreeable after winning the Coventry as he did, but I think he has the scope and potential to go a little bit further as well.”

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