$6,000 yearling Kenzai Warrior becomes British Classic prospect after G3 win
Kenzai Warrior, a Karakontie colt bought for just $6,000 by Schumer Bloodstock with Johnny Collins of Brown Island Stables at last year’s Keeneland September Sale, maintained his unbeaten record in game style on Saturday when winning the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newmarket.
The Roger Teal-trained colt had previously created a big impression when winning on debut at Salisbury from subsequent Group 3 winner Max Vega and he didn’t disappoint on this occasion, travelling well before answering every call from jockey Jason Watson to run down Ropey Guest and Impressor.
As a result, Kenzai Warrior is now 33/1 for next year’s 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
“He was very brave. He’s backed up what I thought he was – he’s a very nice horse,” Roger Teal, who trains the horse on behalf of owners Rae and Carol Borras, told Racing TV. “It was difficult conditions today and he had to show a lot of guts in the finish, because he looked beaten.
“I did say to Jack before the race that he’d already won over a mile, so he would be doing his best work at the finish and when he met the rising ground his stamina kicked in.
“We’ll put him away for the winter now and depending on how quickly he comes to hand we could go for a trial first, but if not I’d be happy enough to go straight for the Guineas – he’ll tell me.”
Schumer Bloodstock purchased Kenzai Warrior for $6,000 with Johnny Collins’ Brown Island Stables out of the Glennwood Farm consignment at the 2017 Keeneland September Sale.
He subsequently turned a fine profit when resold for £45,000 to Roger Teal and Howson & Houldsworth Bloodstock at the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale in Doncaster in April.
Kenzai Warrior was bred by John and Tanya Gunther’s Glennwood Farm in Kentucky.
He is from the first crop of French champion Karakontie, who stands at Gainesway Farm and is the first foal out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Lemon Sakhee. In turn, she is a half-sister to the Listed-placed Jaish from the family of champion Sakhee. Interestingly, Kenzai Warrior is inbred to the great Miesque.