The in-form Justin Snaith stable bagged a feature double with CTS Premier Sale graduates at Kenilworth on Saturday afternoon.
The powerful Really Royal stayed on gamely in the R85 000 Listed World Sports Betting Sweet Chestnut Stakes over 1600m, and half an hour later Warrior stormed up in the closing stages to win the R125 000 WSB Gr3 World Sports Betting Variety Club Mile.
The Klawervlei Stud bred Really Royal hit the line a short-head in front of her stablemate Rain In Newmarket under a good ride from Luyolo Mxothwa, who said: “She gives the feel of a really classy filly, and she was stronger today on top of that. She just stayed on at the last bit, but more experience will come with racing. She can be a bit difficult.”
Really Royal is by Captain Al from Pagan Princess, by Fort Wood. She is a full sister to Klawervlei’s promising young stallion William Longsword, who gained a useful update to his pedigree with this win. She races in the international silks of UK-based Bjorn Nielsen. Really Royal was the top lot at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, fetching R4 million.
Starting at 3-1, Warrior was a fifth first-crop stakes winner for Drakenstein Stud’s four-time Gr1 winning sire Futura (Dynasty), when he won the first leg of the newly sponsored World Sports Betting Cape Winter Series.
From before the day he won his maiden, Snaith has spoken highly of this Ridgemont Highlands bred colt, who has justified his confidence with a hat-trick of victories since. Warrior won well again, making up plenty of ground late under Richard Fourie to beat the strong front-runner Firealley by a neck.
Fourie said: “Warrior wasn’t suited to the early pace, and Greg (on Firealley) was far gone. But he showed class, dug down deep and worked hard to win. He’s going to be a serious horse a year from now!”
Warrior was Futura’s top lot when sold off at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, and was knocked down to Peter Doyle and Diane Nagle for R1,2 million.