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Guard Of Honour Destined For Better Things
Well bred colt Guard Of Honour may be aimed at some black-type races at the back end of the spring after breaking his maiden with a strong win at Warwick Farm yesterday. The 2YO son of Northern Meteor proved too classy for his rivals when scoring by 1.3-lengths over Fanning and Spending To Win in the Tab.com.au Plate over 1000m. Guard Of Honour has always shown well above average ability as evidenced by his four barrier trial victories to date, the latest a 5-length romp over 800m on his home track of Newcastle on 16 May. "Booms get put on horses at barrier trials but I like to see them do it on race day," trainer Kris Lees told Sky Racing. "I thought it was an impressive enough win. He hasn't got brilliant gate speed but he musters speed very quickly." Lees added: "I'd prefer him on firmer ground but it was good to get a win on the board and we'll see where we go now." Lees indicated that a spring campaign could be on the cards for Guard Of Honour if he can continue to improve. "I'd like to give him another run over winter, maybe step him up to a 1200 metre race to see where he's at and then put him away for the back end of the spring," Lees said. Guard Of Honour is out of the General Nediym mare Victory cry, a full sister to South Australian stakes winner Victory Chant and a half-sister to stakes winning Victorian galloper Reldas (Testa Rossa). This is also the family Gr1 Thousand Guineas winner Serious Speed and stakes-winning New Zealand mare Helen Of Troy, grand-dam of Caulfield Cup winner Imposera and her Spring Champion Stakes-winning brother Imprimatur.