Brown Panther: ready to go in King George says Michael Owen (third right)PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Owen: Panther can hold his own in King George
CONNECTIONS of Brown Panther believe last year's Ladbrokes St Leger runner up is capable of mixing it with some of the top middle-distance performers in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
Trained by Tom Dascombe, Brown Panther ripped apart the field in the King George V Handicap on his only previous start at Ascot last summer and returned to form after a lacklustre comeback with a seven-length Listed win at Pontefract.
However, the four-year-old faces a high-class international field with the winners of the Melbourne Cup, Arc, Japanese Derby, Breeders' Cup Turf, Coral-Eclipse, Prix du Jockey Club and St Leger all taking part.
Michael Owen, breeder and co-owner of Brown Panther, wrote on Twitter: "Brown Panther is ready to go. Privilege to run is such a huge race.
"Brown Panther acts on the track, handles soft ground, stays the trip. Only question is, can he mix it with the worlds best? I think so!!!"