Trojan Warrior loves Tauranga

Trojan Warrior (Cameron Lammas) maintaining his unbeaten Tauranga record today.

Trojan Warrior (Cameron Lammas) maintaining his unbeaten Tauranga record today.

Cambridge trainer Anne Herbert will no doubt be looking for further Tauranga races for Trojan Warrior after today’s win, but there are more important assignments in store.

Trojan Warrior maintained his unbeaten Tauranga record when posting his third win on the track in today’s Crockford Real Estate 1400.

The five-year-old son of Postponed won his maiden at Tauranga in December 2014 and, after a couple of wins at Te Rapa and one at Matamata, he returned to the course last November and notched his fifth win when beating the subsequent Gr.1 Captain Cook Stakes winner Aide Memoire over 1400 metres.

Trojan Warrior was then unplaced in his next two starts when presumably affected by a virus, however he bounced back with a sound win today to push his case for a return to Group racing.

Herbert has Trojan Warrior nominated for both the Gr.1 Harcourt’s Thorndon Mile at Trentham tomorrow week and the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (wfa 2000m) at Te Rapa on February 11.

Trojan Warrior has already proven himself at the top grade, having climbed through the ranks last season to finish second to Maygrove in the Gr.2 Kamada Park Awapuni Gold Cup then a head second behind Sound Proposition in the Gr.1 Manco Easter Stakes, after which he was sent out for a well-earned spell.

Today he was always travelling like a winner for rider Cameron Lammas, enjoying a good run in the trail behind the leader Saber and Somethingvain and unwinding strongly once asked for an effort inside the final 300 metres.

He ran the 1400 metres out strongly to win by a long neck from Our King Sway, who finished well down the outside, while the Trevor and Martin Cruz-trained Packing Tycoon fought on solidly for third after being held up briefly early in the run home.