The talented Lammerskraal Stud owned Warrior’s Rest showed tremendous courage when landing an assessment plate over 1600m at a stormy Turffontein racecourse on Saturday.
The gelded four-year-old was given a fine, front running ride by last season’s South African Champion Jockey Lyle Hewitson, with the pair digging down deep to hold off a late challenge from D’Arrivee and score by a neck.
Trained by Sean Tarry, the lightly raced Warrior’s Rest was making just the tenth outing of his career for owner Chris Van Niekerk. He had shown plenty of promise at two, when ending his juvenile campaign with a third place finish, to eventual G1 Cape Derby hero Eyes Wide Open, in the 2017 G1 Premiers Champion Stakes (his beaten rivals including subsequent Gauteng Guineas winner Monks Hood and Derby third Pack Leader).
The gelding holds big race entries in both the G2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile and G1 G-Bets Gauteng Summer Cup.
Warrior’s Rest, who hails from his sire’s first crop, is a son of Equus Champion What A Winter, himself a son of Lammerskraal’s deceased multiple champion sire Western Winter.
Warrior’s Rest, whose six winning siblings include G1 Woolavington 2000 heroine Viva Maria and G2 Camellia Stakes winner Bichette, is out of the Badger Land sired G3 Jacaranda Handicap winner Bardot, who will be visiting Dubawi’s dual G1 winning son Erupt this season.