Justin Snaith celebrated a feature double at Kenilworth on Saturday as Warrior nabbed the front-running Firealley late to win the R125 000 WSB Gr3 World Sports Betting Variety Club Mile.
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.
An impressive winner of his two previous starts, the Ridgemont Highlands bred Warrior stormed home, under a determined Richard Fourie to beat the gallant front-running Firealley by a neck in a time of 102,54 secs.
Candice Bass-Robinson’s smart filly Marina was not disgraced a half length back in third.
Warrior was the second leg of a feature double Justin Snaith and has now won three of just six starts for stakes of R172 050.
Warrior was Futura’s top lot when sold off the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and knocked down to Peter Doyle and Diane Nagle for R1,2 million.
He is the fifth stakes winner to have emerged from Futura’s first crop, which includes Gr2 Durban Golden Horseshoe victor Nourbese (recently sold in Mauritius), once beaten Bauhinia Handicap queen Sweet Future, and Zimbabwe stars Dindingwe and Diesel And Dust.