While already figures as the feature race at Royal Randwick, Saturday’s 2015 Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) is shaping as a particularly exciting contest between several previous winners at the highest level of racing; perhaps most notably between weight-for-age stars Pornichet and Kermadec.
Stamping his claims as one to watch upon debuting to Australian racing during the 2014 Spring Carnival, Pornichet broke through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 9th; cutting into favouritism for the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) in October.
Kermadec was a strong and consistent through five Autumn Carnival starts of his own, but undoubtedly made his mark when charging home to win the major Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) most recently on Day 1 of The Championships.
Blake Shinn partnered Pornichet in three starts for two wins, including the Doomben Cup through his most recent preparation, and is teeming with confidence and excitement ahead of the horse’s pending return in the 2015 Warwick Stakes.
“I’ve been waiting all winter to have Pornichet back to the track,” Shinn told The Daily Telegraph.
“He could be our next weight-for-age star.”
Kermadec’s trainer Chris Waller was understandably thrilled with the horse’s results through autumn and is confident he will progress into one of the country’s standout weight-for-age horses this campaign, beginning in Saturday’s 2015 Warwick Stakes.
“At his only weight-for-age run, he ran third in the George Ryder Stakes back in autumn,” Waller said.
“I have no doubts this horse will make the transition to weight-for-age racing.”
John O’Shea and Godolphin Australia are also set to field a strong hand in the Warwick Stakes after including Complacent and It’s Somewhat in nominations.
“It’s been a long road back for Complacent but I’m happy with how he is coming up,” O’Shea said of the horse who has not been seen competitively since winning the 2013 edition of the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes.
“He will need a few runs but touch wood his legs are fine and we are looking forward to getting him back to the races.”
The 2015 Warwick Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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