In the world of horse racing, a notable development has taken place as quality four-year-old Warsaw has been sold and is set to embark on a new chapter in his career abroad.
This son of Vadamos, who made his mark by breaking his maiden at his third start earlier this year under the guidance of trainer Chris Gibbs at Ruakaka, is now headed overseas.
Warsaw's journey included a commendable third-place finish in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas over 2100m in his subsequent appearance.
However, an unplaced effort in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby over 2400m led to a period of rest and reflection. It was after his impressive resuming win over 1300m on his home track last month that potential buyers took keen interest in him.
Gibbs, with an eye on Warsaw's future, confirmed the sale and revealed the destination: Hong Kong.
He expressed confidence in Warsaw's potential as a contender in the prestigious Hong Kong Derby over 2000m, signaling that this promising four-year-old has what it takes to make an impact on the international racing scene.
He hails from a distinguished lineage, being a half-brother to the Group 3 RA Lee Stakes winner Rhythm To Spare, with their dam being the accomplished Zabeel mare Stanica, who notched four victories and secured a runner-up position in the Group 1 Avondale Cup over 2200,.
While Warsaw sets his sights on Hong Kong, one of his former stablemates, Cakebytheocean, remains in the spotlight. Cakebytheocean is scheduled to compete in the Mills Reef Wines Open Handicap over 2100 meters at Tauranga.
Gibbs hinted at the possibility of Cakebytheocean aiming for a top-flight event, specifically the Livamol Classic, a Group 1 race over 2040m, but emphasized that a strong performance on Saturday would be essential to consider such a venture.
Cakebytheocean, a son of Ocean Park, secured his fourth victory over 2100m at his home course in his last outing. However, he encountered a bit of misfortune in the Kerikeri Cup over 2200m, finishing third after being squeezed for room in the straight.
Chevron has been knocking on the door of victory in recent outings but has faced some tough luck. Gibbs expressed hope that Grylls could guide Chevron to a trouble-free run, emphasizing the importance of staying out of trouble in a race.
Both Cakebytheocean and Chevron are also nominated for the New Zealand Cup, a Group 3 event covering 3200m, indicating that there are more exciting races on the horizon for these talented horses.