War Decree's Luvnwar Too Strong in Belmont Guineas

Mark Smith - Saturday June 22

It was a fillies quinella in Saturday’s Amelia Park - Belmont Guineas as the New Zealand import Luvnwar opened her stakes account at her third start for Michael Grantham.

Pat enjoyed that (image Western Racepix)

Patrick Carbery gave the daughter of War Decree (USA) the run of the race from an inside barrier. She was strong to the line in defeating the progressive More Than Ready (USA) filly Petrouchka by one and a quarter lengths, with the Impending gelding Cool Memory back in third.

The Peters Investments colour bearer advances her record to three wins, a second and a third from six starts, with earnings of $135,145.


Luvnwar was purchased privately by Bob Peters’ grandson, Liam, after finishing a troubled third in the Group III Barneswood Farm Stakes at Ashburton for trainer Terri Rae.

Another trophy for the cabinet (image Western Racepix)

“Liam found this horse, which I knew nothing about,” Bob Peters said.

“He came to me with it, which was good. Many people think he only acts for me, but he also acts for others. That is his job, but I would be happy if they left him to find one for me.”

Bred by   Tracey Schroeder, Luvnwar was a $22,500 buy for Riversley Park from the Beaufort Downs consignment from Book 2 at the 2022 NZB Karaka Yearling Sale.

Luvnwar a $22,500 Karaka yearling

He is the second stakes-winner from as many foals for the Pins mare Pretty Woman, whose first foal, Chokito, won seven races highlighted by the Listed Southland Guineas.

A daughter of the Group III winner Howmuchyacharging (Howbaddouwantit), from the family of dual HK International Bowl winner, Monopolize, Pretty Woman died in 2023, and  Luvnwar is her final foal.

Luvnwar is the third stakes-winner for Inglewood Stud’s Group II Vintage Stakes winner War Decree (USA) (War Front), whose son Warmonger won by daylight in the recent Group 1 Queensland Derby. 


Race Result - Amelia Park - Belmont Guineas LR 1600m

Belmont Park Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:38.40
- 3f War Decree (USA) x Pretty Woman (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
Tnr: Michael Grantham Rdr: P Carbery 54.5
NZB Karaka Book 2 $22,500
Seller: Beaufort Downs Ltd
Buyer: Riversley Park
- 3f More Than Ready (USA) x Twinkle Toes (IRE) (Danehill (USA))
Tnr: G & A Williams Rdr: W Pike 54.5
More Than Ready
Cool Memory
- 3g Impending (AUS) x Fo' Shizzle (AUS) (Universal Ruler (AUS))
Tnr: D T McAuliffe Rdr: Joseph Azzopardi 56.5
Brave Spirit
- 3g Brave Smash (JPN) x Miss Shanghai (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Tnr: S J Wolfe Rdr: S Mc Gruddy 56.5
Sapphire Street
- 3f Street Boss (USA) x Necklet (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS))
Tnr: D L Morton Rdr: S Parnham 54.5
The Boss Lady
- 3f Street Boss (USA) x Top Of The Class (AUS) (Star Witness (AUS))
Tnr: M L Lane Rdr: Chris Parnham 54.5
I Dreamed A Dream
- 3g Oratorio (AUS) x New Vogue (AUS) (Dane Shadow (AUS))
Tnr: S J Wolfe Rdr: P Harvey 56.5
Ton Of Grunt
- 3g Grunt (NZ) x Betty Bottletop (AUS) (Taimazov (ARG))
Tnr: Rhys Radford Rdr: T Turner 56.5
Dreamtime Jean
- 3g Lean Mean Machine (AUS) x Tricolore (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Tnr: Hayden Ballantyne Rdr: Lucy Fiore 56.5
- 3g Jimmy Choux (NZ) x Rae's Rae (NZ) (Pentire (GB))
Tnr: Brian Kersley Rdr: J Whiting 56.5
Russian To The Bar
- 3g Russian Revolution (AUS) x Rosie Rocket (AUS) (Blackfriars (AUS))
Tnr: Luke Fernie Rdr: B Parnham 56.5
My Jimmy
- 3g Jimmy Choux (NZ) x Music Theatre (AUS) (Hawk Wing (USA))
Tnr: Brian Kersley Rdr: Jade Mc Naught 56.5
Ancient Guidance
- 3g God Has Spoken (AUS) x Indala (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Tnr: Ryan Hill Rdr: Victoria Corver 56.5
King's Parade
- 3g Impending (AUS) x Queen's Parade (NZ) (Dalghar (FR))
Tnr: D T McAuliffe Rdr: C Johnston-Porter 56.5
Only Us
- 3g Galah (AUS) x Maybe Us (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
Tnr: Ryan Hill Rdr: Keshaw Dhurun 56.5
Lyrical Angel
- 3f God Has Spoken (AUS) x Bontessa (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Tnr: Kieran Regan Rdr: Luke Campbell 54.5
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