Star three-year-old filly, #kznbred and Bloodstock South Africa graduate, War Of Athena once again showed her class when she romped home to a facile victory in Saturday’s G1 Woolavington 2000 (2000m) at Hollywoodbets Greyville.
In the process, the star three-year-old, who was emulating last season’s Triple Tiara Summer Pudding by landing Woolavington 2000, made it six wins on the bounce, and provided jockey Muzi Yeni with his third win on Saturday’s card.
The star filly received a tremendous round of applause from all of those present on course when she returned to the parade ring after her facile Gr1 win – a terrific atmosphere, considering racing is taking place behind closed doors with limited numbers.
Sent off red hot favourite for Saturday’s 2000m contest, War Of Athena tracked her front running stable mate, and fellow Act Of War filly, Only The Brave, as the latter set a pedestrian pace up front. When Muzi Yeni asked his filly the question, the Summerhill Stud bred star hit the front 200m out and powered clear to win as she liked by over two lengths.
Trained by Paul Matchett, the Roy Wentzel and Dr Rosemary Waterman-Wentzel owned filly has now won nine of her 15 starts for earnings of R1 713 800.
War Of Athena, a brilliant winner of this season’s Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara, was a R30 000 buy from the 2019 Ready To Run Sale.
Out of the Requiem mare Qaphela, War Of Athena hails from the first crop of Dynasty’s Cape Guineas winning son Act Of War.
It is encouraging to note that some of the leading farms in the Cape have recently purchased shares / services to Act Of War for the 2021 season and a lot of interest has been shown in the son of Gr1 winning son of Dynasty.
Act Of War is well represented on this year’s KZN Yearling Sale, where Act Of War has seven lots on offer.
Act Of War yearlings on offer at the 2021 KZN Sale include –
-a filly whose stakes winning granddam is a half-sister to Cape Fillies Guineas winner Indiscreet Fantasy
-a filly out of a four time winning half-sister to G3 King’s Cup winner Lady Magpie
-a colt from the family of English classic winner Lucarno
-a half-sister to the dam of this season’s top-class three-year-old MK’s Pride
**Act Of Wars 3yo crop current stats from www.nhra.co.za
-R85 908 AEPR
-44.1% winners to runners
-6 Black Type wins for the season, TWO Grade One wins
-34 Runners, 32 wins