Winning Warrior

Apr 10, 2017

Galea Warrior broke through for his first win on Friday at Donald in the Michaels of Donald Maiden Plate over 1350m. It was an impressive win by the son of Helmet, running away from the field to win by four and a half lengths.

Jockey, Craig Robertson, was fast away on Galea Warrior and urged him to lead the field. He was given a soft time throughout running and had the favourite, Liberty Lad, just behind him before trying to mount a challenge on the home turn. Robertson urged Galea Warrior on the turn and he "impressively" ran away from the field.

Galea Warrior's trainer Shane Nichols was more than pleased with the win after his last start at Racing.com Park.

"We were pretty disappointed with his last start at Pakenham and I told the owners that we would have to change a few things up with him as the mile probably doesn't suit him," said Nichols.

"We added the blinkers today and just freshened him up a bit with a step back in trip and he got out in front today and was very impressive.

"He is a beautiful three-year-old that is still maturing and he will progress nicely through his grades. It was also great to get the win for a great group of loyal clients."

Robertson was equally impressed with the victory saying after the race "he travelled easy didn't he."

"I gave him a decent dig but I was probably going to go too slow and then Linda come up outside of me it made him go into a better rhythm, probably not a 1300m rhythm, but good for him."

Galea Warrior is by Helmet and is out of the Favorite Trick mare, Meru Hill. Meru Hill was a three time winner and is out of the Group 3 winning filly, Freedom Fields. She is also a half sister to the Group 1 Champagne Stakes placed Liberty Hall.

He was purchased by Shane Nichols for $80,000 at the 2015 Inglis Premier yearling Sale from the Rosemont Stud draft. He was bred by Michael Christian's Saconi Thoroughbreds who features in the ownership.

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Story by Todd Blum Bloodstock