Boom staying prospect He Shall Power is striving to continue his rise to stardom when he heads to The Meadows for the first time on Saturday night.
Despite winning only one of his four 700m assignments and with an unremarkable four from 20 overall record, He Shall Power has been tagged the next big thing in the staying ranks, largely on the back of an unlucky third in the Group 1 Sandown Cup.
“He’s inexperienced of course but he’s got a very good motor,” said Pearcedale trainer David Crawford, who prepares He Shall Power along with wife Shona.
“They keep rapping him up as the new kid on the block but I think they’re doing that to generate interest.
“I threw him to the wolves in the Sandown Cup but races like that only come around once a year and he could nearly have won it. He’s broken 42 seconds in all four of his 715m runs at Sandown, which is very consistent.
“He’s a Grade 5 around The Meadows and I would like to get him into a few easier races but they’re hard to find for stayers.”
He Shall Power is TAB’s $2.70 favourite in a star-studded GR8 Eight special event (725m), also featuring surprise Sandown Cup hero Bronski Beat, champion galloper Tornado Tears and his brilliant younger brother Here’s Tears and Group 1 winner True Detective.