Peaceful Warrior has continued the outstanding run of success by BEL ESPRIT progeny in Singapore with a win on debut at Kranji on Friday night (10 September).
Trainer Steven Burridge produced first starter Peaceful Warrior to score an impressive debut win in the $65,000 Restricted Maiden over 1200m on Friday (10 September).
Ridden by Vlad Duric, Peaceful Warrior wore down the favourite Aradea to score by a length with Astronaut Man (Robbie Fradd) 4.5 lengths away third.
Peaceful Warrior arrived from Australia as an unraced and untrialled galloper: “He was very green when he got here, but wife Julie and Peter (Gilman) along with all the staff have put in a lot of work with the horse,” Burridge said post race.
Burridge had concerns in the straight that Peaceful Warrior may not finish the race off as expected but was pleased how the gelding knuckled down in the closing stages.
“He got to the line well. I thought he might get a bit lost, but he’s done a good job and might have a bit of a future up here.”
Duric described Peaceful Warrior as being “all legs” but looks a promising type.
“I think he’s going to be much better when he gets out over a slight longer journey,” said Duric.
Peaceful Warrior is a three-year-old Australian-bred gelding by Bel Esprit from the Umatilla mare Let’s Begin and is owned by the Gemini Stable.
“It is the owner’s first winner,” said Burridge. “They haven’t had much luck to date with their three previous horses all finishing towards the tail.
“This is a good result for them and I hope they can have some more success.”
- Craig Brennan, Singapore Turf Club
Bred by Steven Blore, Peaceful Warrior (below) is linebred to Nijinsky through a son and daughter.