After the longhaul category was snubbed by the Equus Awards Committee in what was another scar in a turbulent year on SA racing’s public relations landscape, WSB Gold Cup winner Paths Of Victory has been been voted Champion Stayer in a public poll initiated by Snaith Racing.
The nominees included Oratorio daughter Snapscan, 2019 Gold Cup winner Dynasty’s Blossom, SA Derby winner Out Of Your League and Marchingontogether.
In a twist of irony, Paths Of Glory was also voted KZN Champion Stayer for the season in an announcement this week.
His Groom Vuyisani Mzaba was given a cash award by the organisers.
Raced by Mario Ferreira and bred by Rathmor Stud, he is a son of Millstream Farm’s Unbridled’s Song sire Noble Tune out of Solkjaer’s one-time winner, Victory Garden, who was purchased specifically for this cross.
His dam has also produced multiple winners In Auro and Victory Trip, from the family of Spring Garland, SA export and American winner Mahubo, Imbongi, William Longsword and Victory Moon.
Paths Of Victory sold for R220 000 off the 2017 National Yearling Sale and has won 5 races with 7 places from 23 starts for stakes of R647 450.