Herbert predicts big season for Warrior

Trojan Warrior (Cameron Lammas) finishing strongly down the outside to beat Aide Memoire at Tauranga yesterday.

Trojan Warrior (Cameron Lammas) finishing strongly down the outside to beat Aide Memoire at Tauranga yesterday.

Cambridge galloper Trojan Warrior could lay claim to being the “forgotten” horse when discussions take place around the respective challengers for this year’s summer riches.

But at Tauranga yesterday he once again gave a glimpse of the Group One ability he showed when finishing a head second behind Sound Proposition in last season’s Manco Easter Stakes.

Under the steadier of 60kgs, Trojan Warrior came from last on the home turn to register an impressive victory in the O’Connor Warren Insurance Brokers 1400.

Although trainer Anne Herbert expected a good performance she was surprised at just how well her stable star performed.

“He has been a horse that has taken plenty of time but I do think this year could be when we see the best of him,” she said.

“I knew he had come on after his first-up run at Ellerslie, but I wasn’t quite sure if he was ready to win just yet.

“He had to carry top weight which I thought would make it tough, but to his credit he handled them pretty well in the end.

“It was a lovely ride by Cameron (Lammas). He gets on really well with him so hopefully he can stick with him over the summer.”

Herbert admitted she doesn’t have a definite plan for the gelding’s campaign, preferring to play things by ear as the summer progresses.

“We have deliberately left things fairly loose as I just want see how he comes through his races,” she said.

“That said he came home last night and ate everything in sight and was feeling pretty good about himself this morning.”

Herbert is considering the Gr.3 Eagle Technology Stakes at Ellerslie on November 26 as a possible next-up run.

“Provided he does well over the next few days I am looking at the Group Three race at Ellerslie in a fortnight for his next run,” she said. “The race is run at set weights and penalties so he should get in well under those conditions and his Easter Stakes run proved he can handle that level of opposition.”

NZ Racing Desk