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$6,000 purchase Kenzai Warrior makes smart winning debut

Kenzai Warrior looked a smart prospect in the making on Thursday when winning his debut, a warm maiden at Salisbury.

Kenzai Warrior pictured in February

The colt, who became the first British winner for Gainesway Farm’s Karakontie, was bought for just $6,000 by Schumer Bloodstock with Johnny Collins of Brown Island Stables at last year’s Keeneland September Sale.

He subsequently turned a fine profit when resold for £45,000 to trainer Roger Teal and Howson & Houldsworth Bloodstock at the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale in Doncaster in April.

Well regarded but sent off at 16/1 nevertheless, Kenzai Warrior made all the running to deny Max Vega by a neck.

“Kenzai Warrior hasn’t stopped growing all year and we have taken our time with him,” said Roger Teal. “We came here today hoping for a big run and he made every yard of the running.

“He has shown us plenty, he has put smiles on our faces on the gallops for sure. We may give him one more run this season then put him away. He was game today and I think he learnt more for knuckling down today than winning on the bridle.”

Kenzai Warrior was bred by John and Tanya Gunther’s Glennwood Farm in Kentucky. He is the first foal out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Lemon Sakhee, a half-sister to the Listed-placed Jaish from the family of champion Sakhee, and is inbred to the great Miesque.

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