Rejuvenated galloper War God has matured into a more than capable sprinter this season winning 4 of his last 5 starts for a large retinue of owners in Perth.
Still a maiden after 15 starts, he had tested their patience before a Belmont breakthrough in August. “He’s a different horse this campaign,” trainer Neville Parnham said. “He would go alright on the track and in trials but was disappointing on race day.
“We knew he had ability – he just couldn’t sustain a run. The hot weather didn’t help but he’s turned it right around after a good spell.”
War God (4g War Chant – Hallelujah by Twig Moss) slotted one-out, one-back during his latest victory over Fo’ Shizzlein and Casino Belle in the Crown Sports Bar Hcp (1400m) at Ascot.
“He relaxed and then picked up the bridle coming off the back straight,” jockey Paul Harvey explained. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in this horse and ride him accordingly. He keeps learning and can go right on with it.”
By Yarradale Stud sire War Chant (USA), he is a half-brother to Sydney stakes-winner Domine (Strategic) and sold through the Geisel Stud draft for $35,000 at the 2014 Perth Magic Millions.