The 2011 Warwick Stakes well and truly lived up to expectations with a hard fought race resulting in a much deserved winner in Pinwheel.
Pinwheel lasted the 1400m the best of them and had no trouble dealing with the heavy track or the relatively quick early pace.
Maluckyday was a late scratching in the event meaning we’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see the resumption of last year’s Melbourne Cup runner up.
From the outset there was a bit of speed out in front with Startsmeup moving to the lead and setting the speed with Trusting not far away.
They ran away from the inside rails to avoid the chopped up ground and as they made the turn they fanned out quite wide across the track.
Startsmeup continued to push from in front down the straight but it wasn’t long until both Pinwheel and Ilovethiscity loomed up on the outside.
Pinwheel went to Startsmeup quickly and claimed the lead and left Ilovethiscity behind the process.
With 200m to go the race was as good as over as Pinwheel surged to the line leaving Ilovethiscity to just edge out the gallant Startsmeup for second spot.
Black Piranha ran on well late for fourth and there was also a promising performance from Hawk Island in sixth.
He was never going to figure in the placing for this event but it does hold him in a good position for the longer events later in the spring.
The Warwick Stakes though belonged to Pinwheel in 2011 with Peter Snowden claiming an early Group 2 in the new season.
Kerrin McEvoy was the winning rider and he made no mistakes settling the horse in the perfect spot early and then opening him up with 400m to go.
Pinwheel was the favourite for the race at Luxbet with Ilovethiscity also well backed into second place.
Startsmeup was signalled as a good roughie earlier in the week and he franked that with his third placing, he was also a late market mover into around $17.
If you missed out on the 2011 Warwick Stakes then don’t worry, there’s a few to follow moving through the rest of the carnival and you’re sure to have another big opportunity with Luxbet in the next couple of weeks.