A talented and capacity field has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the inclusion of no fewer than ten previous winners at the highest level of racing and some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting prospects.
Gai Waterhouse will set French import Pornichet for the featured Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) this season, and has confirmed his campaign will begin in the 2015 Warwick Stakes this weekend.
Stamping his claims as one to watch upon debuting to Australian racing during the 2014 Spring Carnival, Pornichet took a few runs to find competitive form upon returning this year but responded well in running on for fifth in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m); progressing to success in the Toowoomba Cup (2150m) before posting a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 9th.
Allocated the somewhat awkward barrier 10, Pornichet will be partnered by Blake Shinn in the 2015 Warwick Stakes.
Chris Waller looks sure to dominate the running of the 2015 Warwick Stakes after confirming six of his stable’s stars in the final field, including Foreteller, Kermadec and Royal Descent.
A three-time Group 1 winner, Foreteller is a proven spring performer; capping an impressive 2014 campaign with success in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and competitive fifth in the Cox Plate.
Posting three wins and as many minors through only eight career starts so far, Kermadec finished third in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on February 21st; progressing to fourth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) and third in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) before taking out the Doncaster Mile in an impressive display.
A proven first-up performer, Royal Descent capped her autumn preparation a close third in the major Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on April 11th and will leave from barrier 3 with Hugh Bowman aboard on Saturday.
Godolphin Australia is also set to field a strong hand after trainer John O’Shea confirmed It’s Somewhat and Complacent in the 2015 Warwick Stakes final field.
Beginning his racing career in Britain under the guidance of Mark Johnston, It’s Somewhat debuted in Australia for success ibn the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) on February 28th but was unable to make anything of an impact when ninth in the George Ryder.
Complacent has not been seen at the races since taking out the 2013 edition of the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) but is sure to be offered a great ride from Christian Reith first-up on Saturday.
Talented mare First Seal looks likely to jump favourite in the 2015 Warwick Stakes following her standout autumn preparation, and will be partnered by Tommy Berry from the ideal barrier 6.
A Group 1 winner having taken out the Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick late last year, the daughter of Fastnet Rock won the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) on February 28th; progressing to an unbelievably close second in each of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).
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2015 Warwick Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||41x951511x||PORNICHET (FR)||Gai Waterhouse||Blake Shinn||10||59kg||112|
|2||42x800530x||BEATEN UP (GB)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||2||59kg||108|
|3||0x9698464x||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||5||59kg||108|
|4||831x80429x||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||13||59kg||108|
|5||1122169×21||BURBERO (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||Rory Hutchings (a)||4||59kg||107|
|6||x117x299x5||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jay Ford||1||59kg||106|
|7||x00033075x||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||14||59kg||105|
|8||373350x19x||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||11||59kg||104|
|9||221112x||COMPLACENT||John O’Shea||Christian Reith||8||59kg||103|
|10||6x2x534254||ZARATONE||Bjorn Baker||Ms Kathy O’Hara||9||59kg||99|
|11||121x43431x||KERMADEC (NZ)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||7||58.5kg||110|
|12||2220x7433x||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3||57kg||112|
|13||112x21226x||FIRST SEAL||John P Thompson||Tommy Berry||6||56.5kg||107|
|14||4x1141x||GUST OF WIND (NZ)||John Sargent||Joshua Parr||12||56.5kg||100|