Spell for Henrik Larsson

Powerful colt Henrik Larsson gave further proof that he should develop into a leading candidate for the rich classics for four-year-olds early next year when part-owner and trainer Luke Edwards drove him to an easy victory in the 2130m Worldwide Printing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Described by Edwards as “a big ball of muscle,” Henrik Larsson, the $1.40 favourite, cruised to the front after 400m and  relished his frontrunning role as he won by just over three lengths from Soho Hamilton ($4.20) and Little Bitof Fun ($26). He rated a smart 1.56.3.

“He will go to the paddock next week for a spell, and then come back into work after October to be prepared for the big races in the new year,” Edwards said.

Henrik Larsson, unraced as a two-year-old, remains unbeaten in four starts as a three-year-old for Edwards.

“He’s a very exciting horse and has done everything we have asked of him,” said Edwards. “Each run he’s getting keener and keener and learning what’s the game all about.

“He has shown a lot of improvement. When he arrived from New Zealand, I told the owners that he would have to have a couple of educational trials to teach him what it is all about. He’s learning on the run and has come a long way in a short time. He’s carving out the mile rates under his own steam.

“He did a good job tonight to hold on after the quick lead time (36.2sec.).”