First winner for Ukok Warrior

Ukok Warrior sired his first winner when Altai Warrior scored a last-to-first victory in the Queensland Times Maiden (1100m) at Ipswich on Friday.  

Altai Warrior (3c Ukok Warrior – Kirin Lady by Luskin Star) had been placed at Gold Coast in June and started an odds-on favourite first-up on Friday.  He was among the tailenders turning for home but swooped down the outside to win by 1.5 lengths.

Ukok Warrior is a son of Danehill and stands at Ken Turner’s Alma Vale Stud on the Darling Downs.  His dam Peruzzi (Zabeel) was a G2 winner at Randwick and she is a grand-daughter of breed-shaping mare Eight Carat.

He was trained by Robbie Laing and won twice from four starts at the Victorian provincials before retiring to Alma Vale where he stands for a $3,300 service fee.  Altai Warrior is one of five starters to date from his initial crop that numbered 30 live foals.

Ukok Warrior was bred and is part-owned by the Donohue family.  His dam Kirin Lady foaled a Ukok Warrior filly on October 14.  Neville and Jan Donohue helped “Tubby” Turner redevelop Alma Vale in 2004.  

Altai Warrior was the middle leg of a winning treble for trainer Gerald Ryan at Ipswich.  He was flanked by Vintage Flint (Clang) and Zekeza (Civic Hope).