The Richelieu Guineas, a pivot of the Cape summer season, is a race of the future; the J&B Metropolitan Stakes, another, a race of the present. For while the Guineas holds out the hope of revealing some new star to brighten racing for the next few years, the Metropolitan can offer only what is known already.
Marshall saddled Sea Warrior for Messrs S Norton, D Nel and A W Thomas. A bargain buy at R18.000 at the 1984 National Yearling Sales, he has now won R180.550 from four wins and five places in 12 starts, Sea Warrior was bred by Koster Bros, by Complete Warrior out of the Savonarola mare Carpathia, a winner of four races and a full-sister to the well-performed Fast and Fit and Big Sky. It was a superb display of riding by Roberts, whose fifth Guineas winner it was, and a triumph for trainer Vaughan Marshall, whose first season at the Cape it was, and who made no secret of his confidence in Sea Warrior in the week before the race - a confidence which was boosted further when the southeaster came up.
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