WAR Horse (SAF) got his career back on track with a scintillating victory in the Gr 1 Golden Horseshoe over 1400m at Greyville on Saturday. Outsider Shimmer And Shine (SAF) ran on well for second ahead of Honorine (AUS) and American Storm (SAF).
Blushing Peter went out to make the running with Love Struck in close attendance and Honorine showing up to their outside from a bad draw. War Horse had a perfect spot on the fence in fourth with Shimmer And Shine and American Storm further back.
Blushing Peter was soon under attack in the straight as Honorine moved up to the outside, looking dangerous. However, War Horse had plenty in the tank and once Jeff Lloyd asked the question, he responded readily and stormed into the lead. The race was over a furlong out as Corne Spies’ runner powered home to win by over two lengths for the biggest win of his career thus far.
Shimmer And Shine came here straight after a narrow maiden win and looked outclassed on bare form. However, he has clearly been improving at a rapid rate and this run was particularly creditable given his wide draw.
Honorine was also faced with a dreadful draw, in addition to which she was racing beyond 1000m for the first time. It was a bold move to throw her in against male opposition here, but she justified her connections’ faith in her with a perfectly respectable effort.
American Storm was another one who had to overcome a bad draw and this was a very useful run in his first post-maiden race. He is also looking for further and he should soon be back in the winner’s box against more congenial opposition.