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.
2011 Warwick Stakes Nominations & Weight
|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|
|11||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||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|
|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|