4 January 2013 |

AUSTRALIAN-BRED Mossman galloper Royal Zulu Warrior turned in a New Year’s day performance that will be hard to top for the rest of 2013 winning a Group 3 in South Africa after more than 6000 days away from the sport.

Bred by Brian Nut’s Attunga Stud at Scone, Royal Zulu Warrior was won his first three starts all at Clairwood by big margins to stamp himself as one of the most promising horses in the republic.

A subsequent fourth at Greyville coincided with a leg injury that forced the horse to miss the next 20-months.

During his time on the sidelines, Royal Zulu Warrior underwent surgery to repair his joint and ligament problems.

The operation and subsequent recuperative techniques proved to be such a success that connections are now targeting some of South Africa’s feature races this autumn including the Group 1 Computaform Sprint.

Royal Zulu Warrior’s dam, Dark Blue (by Wallenda) proved to be an incredibly successful broodmare for Nutt having also left the Group 1 Golden Horseshoe Stakes winner Fighting Warrior (by Magic Albert).

Sadly, Dark Blue died in 2011 but her legacy is set to live on through one of her daughters, Attunga Rose, who delivered a Mossman male close relation to Royal Zulu Warrior in 2012 and in presently in foal to Vinery’s More Than Ready replica son, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile hero Pluck.