SEAN Tarry had a very strong hand in the Golden Horse Sprint with five of the 11 runners. When they jumped Ikigai eventually went off as 15-4 favourite with Eden Roc at 6-1 and last year’s winner Chimichuri Run at 8-1, all expected by the betting public to finish ahead of Warrior’s Rest.
But, ridden by Callan Murray, it was Warrior’s Rest who fought out a tight finish to get the better of Ultra Magnus (12-1) by a short head. Third place went to top-weight Kasimir with Chimichuri Run in fourth.
Murray had him out in a flash and he was always up with the pace. Over the last 200m it was left to Warrior’s Rest and Ultra Magnus to fight it out.
The jockey, who notched his eighth Gr1 sucess, commented: “We both levelled up with pace from the jump and I just thought this horse dug down deep. He’s a big individual and was really tough to the line.
“I haven’t had much success for Mr Tarry and it’s nice to have one at the highest level after so long. It’s also a privilege to ride a Group 1 winner for Mr van Niekerk in these silks.
When asked about his plan, Tarry replied: “The plan was I needed five to win it but I didn’t know which one,” said Tarry. “I must say, it was a really cool ride from Callan Murray. He’s a gut who has really stamped himself as one of the top jockeys in the country. He ‘s a very humble and professional young rider.
“He’s worked this horse regularly and deserves the Group 1 victory one him.”
-TAB News/Jack Milner/Danie Toerien.