The Group 2 Warwick Stakes will be held at Royal Randwick this Saturday.
First held in 1923, the Warwick Stakes has featured in a multitude of distance and venue changes in its time. Originally conducted at 7 furlongs (1400m), it has been run as short as 1300m and as long as 1600m. Since 2002 the race has been run over 1400m, the distance it will be held at in 2017 and is held at weight-for- age conditions.
The race was a principal race up until 1978 and in 1979 it was granted Group 2 status, a level it has maintained since. In 2017 the race will be held at Randwick, with Sydney’s premier track hosting the race since 2014. Randwick has hosted the race across various years, with Warwick Farm and Canterbury having also held the race.
Total prize money on offer in 2017 will be $250,000 with the winner to receive $150,000. The 2016 winner was the Chris Waller trained Winx, ridden by Hugh Bowman. Other winners throughout the history of the race include Royal Descent, Racing To Win Private Steer and the dual winners Lonhro, Filante and Super Impose and the three time winner Kingston Town.
|Date:||Saturday 19th August 2017|
|Race Type:||Weight for Age|
|2016 Warwick Stakes Results|
Arguably the best horse in Australia, the wonder-mare resumes with a record as a four time winner when first up, her latest two first up victories coming at Group 2 level in the 1300m Theo Marks and the 1400m Apollo Stakes. This will be career start number 20 as the now 5YO searches for her 10 th successive victory, the last three of those victories coming at the elite level. Her Autumn campaign opened with a win in the G2 Apollo Stakes and was followed with wins at G1 level in the Chipping Norton Stakes, the George Ryder and the Doncaster Handicap where she set a record that may never be equalled, carrying the most weight as a 4YO mare to win the famed Randwick mile. Winx also created another record in that victory, becoming the first to win the Cox Plate and Doncaster in the same season. Bring on the Spring!
The Kris Lees trained mare resumes here as a last start winner of the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The 1400m may be too sharp at this stage of her preparation, however she has previously won over 1400m when first-up in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes at Randwick in 2014. Of the last 15 winners of the Warwick Stakes, 8 have been first-up winners. Defier claimed the Queen Elizabeth at his last start before resuming with a win in the Warwick, while Royal Descent finished 2 nd in the Queen Elizabeth before taking the Warwick Stakes first-up. This will be just the 2 nd time that Australia’s richest two mares in training have raced each other. The only other time the pair have met was in the 2015 Epsom Handicap when Winx carried 53kg to victory, just on 4 lengths in advance of Lucia Valentina who carried 53.5kg.
Gary Portelli’s 7YO is the only runner of the seven acceptors thaw will not be first up. The seven time winner will be second-up after he resumed in the G2 Missile Stakes on a heavy 10 where he was beaten by a half-length by Tycoon Tara. He had a six start Autumn that saw him start in Melbourne three times and then in Sydney three times, with five of the six starts at Group 1 level. He will be out to the peak of his distance, having win twice and placed once at 1400m and never won further than the 7 furlong journey. His second-up record reads as 8: 1-2- 1 and he has finished top 3 in 5 of 9 attempts at Randwick. Tommy Berry keeps the ride after partnering him in the Missile and this will be his 3 rd ride on the entire throughout his career.