Champion sire Giant’s Causeway featured with an international stakes double on the weekend with Black Type victories in the US and Japan for Battle Hardened (3c Giant’s Causeway x Jen’s Fashion, by Northern Fashion) and A Shin G Line (7h Giant’s Causeway x Lady Danz, by Danzig).
It’s always nice to break your maiden in a stakes race and it happened for the Eddie Kenneally trained colt Battle Hardened, who improved at start number four to post his first win in the Grade III Sam F Davis Stakes at Tampa.
Runner-up at two of his three previous runs, Battle Hardened was dual entered for a maiden on the same program, but connections elected to take on the harder option with happy results.
He settled off the pace on the fence and enjoyed a good run in transit for Julien Leparoux, before making his move out wide in the straight and charging home to win the 1 and 1/16th mile contest by a length and a quarter.
“This was a really good bunch of quality horses, but no stars, and that was one reason we decided to take a shot today,” said Eddie Kenneally.
“He was in a group of horses in tight, but he showed a little bit of gameness and a little bit of toughness like you want to see going forward to the bigger races down the road.”
Next on the agenda for Battle Hardened is likely to be the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby on March 10.
Battle Hardened is a half-brother to Grade I winner Colonial Colony and is one of six winners from the good producing stakes-winner Jen’s Fashion.
Seven year-old entire A Shin G Line posted his first Black Type success when taking out the Grade III Kokura Daishoten over 1800 metres on turf at Kokura.
He scored by a neck and has the overall record of six wins and nine placigns from 40 starts.