INGLIS MEDIA RELEASE – Talented three-year-old colt War showed a glimpse of his true potential at Warwick Farm on Saturday, breaking through in the Group 3 ATC Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) just as fellow Inglis graduate Fastnet Rock did carrying the same famous colours nine years ago.
War ($500,000 2012 Easter, 3c More Than Ready-Deedra) was coming off a somewhat disappointing effort at Canterbury earlier in the month, but trainer Gai Waterhouse and jockey Tommy Berry were able to extract tremendous improvement in the colt.
The son of More Than Ready was sent straight the front by Berry and after being allowed to relax in the mid stages War showed a superior turn of foot to burn away to a valuable victory over Drago and Vilanova.
“A very good horse in the making. The other day at Canterbury everyone wanted to knock his run, but it was outstanding, he’s gone ahead in leaps and bounds since then,” said Gai Waterhouse.
“I love the way he came away in the straight. He wanted to over use himself [in earlier races] so I’ve had to train him a little bit differently to try to get him to relax and he’s done it,” Waterhouse added.
The honour roll for the Up And Coming Stakes is packed with high class colts such as Fastnet Rock, which like fellow Inglis graduate War broke through for his first career victory in the Group 3 event carrying Coolmore Stud’s famous navy blue colours.
Other winners of the race include Marscay, Star Watch, Our Maizcay, General Nediym, Testa Rossa, Exceed And Excel and Snitzel.
Jockey Tommy Berry has no doubts that once the penny drops for War that he can go all the way to the elite level.
“I wasn’t happy at all with him the other day [at Canterbury], his manners weren’t very good, he went very keen and hung a bit. Gai said ‘just give me a week or two and I’ll fix him” said Berry
“I hopped on him today and he was a different horse. It just shows how much of good trainer Gai is. She can turn these horses around very quick.
“Nash and I have always had a big opinion of this horse and so has Gai. We were kind of just hoping the penny will drop. We didn’t know if it would this preparation, but he’ s a very very nice horse in the making,” Berry declared.
Bred by John Singleton’s Strawberry Hills Stud, War is the first foal of winning Zabeel mare Deedra, a half-sister to Tuesday Joy and Sunday Joy, making War a close relation to eight-time Group 1 winner More Joyous.
War was offered by Strawberry Hill Stud as Lot 123 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, where he was snapped by James Bester and Demi O’Byrne for $500,000.
The impressive colt is raced by Coolmore Syndicate (Mgr: Mrs S Magnier), Go Bloodstock Syndicate (Mgr: R J Hackett), Emmaroo Bloodstock Pty Ltd (Mgr: Mrs C J Murray), R McClure, Mrs B M McClure & Selworthy Enterprises Pty Ltd (P Barnett).