2011 Warwick Stakes Nominations & Weight

August 16th, 2011

The 2011 Warwick Stakes may be rated a Group 2 but the quality of nominations for the event make it just about worthy of Group 1 status.

It shapes as potentially the best race of the new season with 20 horses still in the running for the final 18 barrier positions.

Looking through the field is like looking through a who’s who of the autumn season and  you can all but guarantee this race will be producing at least one spring carnival Group 1 champion, potentially three or four.

It will be such an enthralling contest with plenty of the field first up for their prep meaning the work of the trainers is a major consideration  and will have a direct impact on the outcome.

Also to take into account is the fact that many of these horses probably aren’t suited to the 1400m.

A heap of them will be looking to stretch out to a longer trip as the carnival goes on with the Melbourne Cup a very real possibility for at least five of them.

So many of these horses are already proven at the top level and many more of them have showed a mountain of promise previously.

Looking through the list there’s not enough time to go through them all individually but these are some of the key players in the 2011 Warwick stakes field.

All Silent, the grand old sprinter is back for yet another campaign and has a real shot at a Warwick stakes win. He’s one of the few 1400m specialists in the field and that alone could be enough to see him back on the winning podium.

Black Piranha is another with this upside, he run well without winning in Brisbane and was unlucky with an unsuitable race in the Stradbroke Handicap.

He has the conditions to suit and the ability to back it up.

Hawk Island will need longer than this to find his best but it’s such an important race first up after a race fall in the Sydney Cup.

He was in tremendous form before that incident and needs a strong showing here to justify a Cup’s bound spring.

Maluckyday was second in last year’s Melbourne Cup but didn’t fire a shot in a short autumn return.

Connections are hoping he’s back to himself for the spring and although he doesn’t need to win this race he does need a better showing.

Triple Elegance can win this and will be one of the favourites on the day. The distance is suited and the ability is there, plenty are tipping big things from this horse over the next few months.

Shootoff is the Queensland Derby champion and comes here with some hefty expectations. He’s picked it with the big guns at Group 1 level before in open grade, he’s in this one up to his ears.

Sacred Choice won the Doncaster in the autumn so the Warwick Stakes is well within her grasp.

A bit of rain around Sydney only sures up the confidence punters have in this mare.

These are just a handful of the notables in the 2011 Warwick stakes nominations so for a full list see our table below.

Also remember to hit up Luxbet later in the week where they will have a full list of odds for the 2011 Warwick stakes field.

It will be interesting to see where the money goes in such a fascinating race so be sure to stay on the ball with an account with Luxbet where the bookmaker odds are better!

2011 Warwick Stakes Nominations & Weight

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 ALL SILENT Grahame Begg 3 59kg 110
2 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 14 59kg 102
3 BASE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 17 59kg 93
4 BLACK PIRANHA Con Karakatsanis 2 59kg 112
5 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne 4= 59kg 109
6 GATHERING John P Thompson 10= 59kg 107
7 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 19 59kg 88
8 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller 4= 59kg 109
9 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 15= 59kg 99
10 LINTON Robert Hickmott 4= 59kg 109
11 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 7= 59kg 108
12 PINWHEEL Peter Snowden 7= 59kg 108
13 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller 10= 59kg 107
14 TRUSTING John P Thompson 10= 59kg 107
15 WINTER KING (NZ) David Payne 15= 59kg 99
16 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Bruce Wallace 20 59kg 84
17 ILOVETHISCITY Grahame Begg 7= 58.5kg 108
18 SHOOTOFF (NZ) Graeme Rogerson 13 58.5kg 104
19 STARTSMEUP Bruce W Hill 18 58.5kg 90
20 SACRED CHOICE Joseph Pride 1 57kg 117