The nominees for Champion Stayer for the 2018 Racing Association award were , Fortissima, Just Cruised In, Let it Rain, Secret Potion & Hero’s Honour. In a hotly contested category the vote went to Hero’s Honour. The stable is delighted for owners Laurence & Jaryd Wernars, Greg Sadie, Bruce & Joanne Gardner. It is wonderful to pick up another Racing Association award, especially with this young horse who should continue to improve as he matures. Hero’s Honour was also nominated for Champion 3 year old but the vote went to the well deserved Monks Hood. Hero’s Honour was bred by Summerhill Stud who also bred Champion three year old filly Takingthepeace, whose dam Lisa Anne was trained by Gary Alexander.
Hero’s Honour stayed on well to win the South African Derby (GR 1) under a top ride by former Champion Jockey Mark Khan, at Turffontein Racecourse on 05 May 2018. Hero’s Honour made it three South African Derby’s for the Stable, the first was Silver Sliver in 2000, followed by Timber Trader(NZ) in 2002. Timber Trader(NZ) was also ridden by Mark Khan. Congratulations to owners Messrs J & L Wernars, B Gardner, G Sadie & Mrs J Gardner. Hero’s Honour was bred by Summerhill Sud!
Hero’s Honour ran out an impressive winner under leading jockey Anthony Delpech to break his maiden over 1600m on Saturday 20 January 2018 at Turffontein Racecourse. He should continue to improve and there will be more to come from this son of Await The Dawn(USA). Congratulations to owners, Messrs J & L Wernars, B Gardner G Sadie & Mrs J Gardner. Hero’s Honour was bred by Summerhill Stud.