2015 Warwick Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

August 19th, 2015

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.

Kermadec has been confirmed in the 2015 Warwick Stakes final field. Photo: Steve Hart

Kermadec has been confirmed in the 2015 Warwick Stakes final field. Photo: Steve Hart

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