Tarry’s Gr1 Double

Warrior's Rest gets the nod ahead of Ultra Magnus

SA Champion trainer Sean Tarry seldom leaves a major raceday without a trophy and he maintained the momentum when saddling a Gr1 double at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Saturday, including the winner of the R425 000 Gr1 Golden Horse Sprint for the second year running.

Callan Murray doesn’t ride a lot of winners for Team Tarry, but the Ridgemont Highlands-sponsored rider made no mistakes when getting the better of a titanic final stages duel with Ultra Magnus when steering Warrior’s Rest to a surprise win for many.

The race proved an exciting climax to the popular annual Gr1 jackpot and the 18-1 shot, one of five Tarry runners in the eleven strong field.

Warrior’s Rest got the verdict by a short head and carried a handy 52,5kgs in recording the fastest time of the four 1200m Gr1 races – 67,49 secs – on the afternoon.

Cape star Kasimir was a 1,10 length margin away in third.

This was Drakenstein Stud’s multiple Equus Champion What A Winter’s third Gr1 winner this season..

A R900 000 2016 CTS Ready To Run Sale graduate, Warrior’s Rest took his earnings to R893 876 with 6 wins and 10 places from 24 starts.

He was bred by Lammerskraal Stud from the Badger Land mare, Bardot, who won five times from a mile to 2000m.

He joins Clouds Unfold (Gr1 Bidvest Majorca Stakes) and Russet Air (Gr1 Cape Flying Championship) as Gr1 winners for What A Winter this season.

What A Winter has 26 lots on offer at the upcoming Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

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