Romantic Warrior Clinches Epic Win 2024

James McDonald: Australia's premier jockey, renowned for his skill, dedication, and numerous victories on the racetrack.

Cox Plate Winner Romantic Warrior Wins Again:

Enhancing his status as one of the world’s premier middle-distance gallopers with gripping victory in the HK$13 million G1 Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m) after a stirring battle with Voyage Bubble at Sha Tin on Sunday (25 February), Romantic Warrior will be given the chance to create more history by chasing a record third G1 FWD QEII Cup (2000m) win in April.

The first Hong Kong International Sale graduate to win the BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m), Romantic Warrior today became only the third horse since the turn of the century after Vengeance Of Rain and Designs on Rome to snare all three of Hong Kong’s top-level 2000m contests – the Hong Kong Gold Cup, QEII Cup and Hong Kong Cup.

Danny Shum’s champion will now bid for a fourth major this season by pressing for an unprecedented third FWD QEII Cup win, having already snared the G1 W. S. Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in October and a second LONGINES Hong Kong Cup in December before adding a sixth G1 success today under James McDonald.

Having partnered Romantic Warrior to a fifth Group 1 win, McDonald was awe-struck by the gelding’s effort to fend off fellow Hong Kong Derby victor Voyage Bubble by a neck after the pair forged clear at the 300m in an electrifying tussle.

Having drawn the outside of 11 runners, McDonald crossed to the rails on Romantic Warrior after only 400m and then was stalked by Purton on Voyage Bubble until the field approached the turn. While Purton fanned into the clear as Sword Point and Money Catcher faded before taking the lead, McDonald angled between runners to challenge.

After a fierce stoush in the straight, Romantic Warrior gradually edged out the G1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) winner in 2m 00.31s, with Nimble Nimbus a brave third, three lengths away under Andrea Atzeni.

McDonald was unflustered when Purton drove Voyage Bubble to the lead.

Revealing he was worried pre-race, Shum was jubilant after Romantic Warrior posted his 13th win from 18 starts and boosted his prize money to more than HK$127 million after being purchased by owner Peter Lau at the 2022 Hong Kong International Sale for HK$4.8 million.

Shum indicated a tilt at the G1 Yasuda Kinen (1600m) in Japan in June remains an option for Romantic Warrior.

Getting involved in a potential Cox Plate winner like Romantic Warrior through a racehorse syndication such as Kurrinda Bloodstock can offer several advantages. Let’s break it down:

  • Affordability and Accessibility: Racehorse ownership can be expensive, especially for high-caliber horses like those competing in the Cox Plate. However, joining a syndicate spreads the cost among multiple owners, making it more affordable for individual participants.


  • Kurrinda Bloodstock, as an example, might offer shares in a promising horse like Romantic Warrior, allowing enthusiasts to invest at a fraction of the cost of sole ownership.


  • Potential for Success: Romantic Warrior’s victory in the Cox Plate, particularly against notable competitors like Alligator Blood and Mr. Brightside, showcases the potential for syndicate-owned horses to excel at the highest levels of racing. Syndicates often invest in well-bred and well-trained horses, increasing the likelihood of competitive success.


  • Shared Experience: Being part of a racehorse syndicate is not just about financial investment; it’s also about sharing the thrill of horse racing with like-minded individuals. Syndicate members can participate in the excitement of race days, celebrate victories together, and build lasting friendships within the racing community.


  • Reduced Risk: Investing in a syndicate diversifies risk, as the financial burden and potential losses are shared among multiple owners. While there are no guarantees in horse racing not every horse will be a Romantic Warrior, spreading the risk can cushion the impact of any setbacks and enhance the overall enjoyment of ownership.


  • Professional Management: Syndicates like Kurrinda Bloodstock typically provide professional management services, handling the day-to-day operations of horse care, training, and race planning. This allows owners to enjoy the benefits of ownership with horses such as Romantic Warrior without the administrative burdens.

Check out this very exciting opportunity below our Cosmic Force Colt, could he be as good as Romantic Warrior one day? To view all our our available yearlings with some very exciting opportunities available visit

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Cosmic Force X Miss Marilyn Colt

This Colt is by Newgate Farm’s exciting first season sire Cosmic Force, already doing a great job with only a handful of runners so far producing 3 individual Stakes horses including the Blue Diamond Prelude Group 3 runner up Stay Focused and Inglis Nursery runner up Beer Baron.

His dam Miss Marilyn a winner at 1100m is a half sister to the illustrious Group 1 The Galaxy sprint winning earner of over $1.7 million Mistegic and Stakes winner of no less than 11 individual wins Rightson.

This Colt was a real standout for us at the sale from the moment we laid eyes on him we knew we were bringing him home. He ticked a lot of boxes for us he moved effortlessly, is so well balanced and oozed class. Every time we saw him he just came out and paraded like the utmost professional.

He was presented at the Inglis Classic sale and comes off the Boutique nursery Riverstone Lodge an upbringing that will see him have every chance for success on the track.

He will be trained by Nathan Doyle in Newcastle where he will get every chance. This Colt is eligible for the lucrative Inglis race series and BOBS bonus scheme.

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Castelvecchio x Rakitino Filly

This Filly is by Arrowfield Stud’s exciting young stallion Castelvecchio, a multiple Group 1 winner on the track. He was an excellent winner of the Inglis Millennium before going on to win the Group 1 Champagne Stakes, he would go on to even greater heights in his 3yo season winning the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas before running 2nd in the Cox Plate as a 3yo at weight for age.

Rakitno is by champion sire Not A Single Doubt, a winner herself a 1200m she possessed plenty of speed and is a ½ sister to the 2yo winning stakes placed Zellindi. This Filly reminded us an awful lot of her dam sire Not A Single Doubt, she was well put together, a great shape, well balanced, athletic and very much in the mould of what he threw throughout his career at stud.

The Filly was presented at the Inglis Classic Sale by Rheinwood Pastoral, in recent times Rheinwood have produced the highly exciting colt Libertad a winner of the Group 3 Widden Kindergarten Stakes at 2 and the Group 3 San Domenico  highlighting their ability to produce top class racehorses to compete at the highest level.

She will be trained by David Pfieffer at Warwick Farm, Sydney that will see her have every opportunity. This Filly is eligible for the lucrative Inglis race series and BOBS bonus scheme

In summary, joining a racehorse syndicate like Kurrinda Bloodstock presents an opportunity to participate in the excitement of elite horse racing with horses such as Romantic Warrior, potentially including events like the Cox Plate. By sharing costs, risks, and experiences with fellow enthusiasts, syndicate members can make ownership more accessible, enjoyable, and potentially rewarding.

Kurrinda Bloodstock a registered racehorse syndicator that goes above and beyond for their owners. A proven and trusted racehorse syndicator with over 48 years of experience and proven success to back it up, find your next winner with us
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