Metal Bender led a Chris Waller trifecta when the champion gelding won the Group Two Warwick Stakes (1400m) on Saturday, ahead of a quality field of Australian thoroughbreds.
The 2010 Warwick Stakes was undoubtedly the feature race of the Warwick Stakes Day, and saw 14 horses compete under weight for age conditions for a share in the $150,000 purse.
Tim Clark took to the winning saddle, and led Metal Bender to the win. It was a gallant finish from the five-year-old, which sent a warning to his potential rivals of the spring.
Triple Honour finished a short neck back in second, and was unlucky not to snatch the win with a superb last chance sprint down the straight. The pre race favourite Danleigh rounded off the Waller trifecta another three-quarters of a length back in third.
Metal Bender headed into the 2010 Warwick Stakes after a superb stint of winter racing in Brisbane, and now has a record of eight wins from 14 starts.
Next up for the multiple Group One winner will be the $150,000 Group Two Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) on September 4, before heading down to Melbourne and the bigger spring carnival features.
The ultimate goal for the Danasinga gelding is the 2010 Cox Plate on October 23, and the winner’s odds have shortened after the stunning victory.
Also taking place on Saturday was the colts and geldings feature – the Group Three Up And Coming Stakes (1200m) where Blackball claimed honours, and the fillies feature – the Group Three Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) where stablemate Parables finished first.
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2010 Warwick Stakes Results
Metal Bender (NZ)
|Chris Waller||Tim Clark|
Triple Honour (NZ)
|Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy|
|Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman|
|Peter Snowden||Joshua Parr|
|Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller|
|Kerry Parker||Jay Ford|
|John P Thompson||Brenton Avdulla|
|Tracey Bartley||Blake Shinn|
|Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl|
|Gai Waterhouse||Glyn Schofield|
Run for Naara
|John P Thompson||Danny Nikolic|
Get Up Jude
|Kevin Moses||Tye Angland|
No Wine No song
|Kevin Moses||Shane Moses|
|Ron Leemon||Nathan Berry|