Strong 2012 Warwick Stakes Field Named

A quality 13-horse field has been announced to contest the Group 2 2012 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Lights Of Heaven

Lights Of Heaven will return in the Warwick Stakes

Last year’s winner Pinwheel returns to try and go back-to-back but will have to overcome an early challenge after drawing wide in barrier 13.

The Darley-owned gelding was at his best first-up earlier this month when winning the Group 3 Missile Stakes by two lengths.

But the seven-year-old sprinter will have to beat a number of quality rivals including a number of Group 1 performers having their first spring starts.

Last year’s Epsom winner Secret Admirer will be chasing her first win since her breakthrough Group 1 win in October and will do so from barrier six with Corey Brown in the saddle.

The Grahame Begg-trained mare was unable to score victory in the autumn but finished runner-up in the Coolmore Classic and third to More Joyous and Manighar in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Also returning ahead of far bigger things this spring is cups hopeful Lights Of Heaven who finally produced her best at the Brisbane Carnival over the winter.

After a frustrating spring where she was unable to cross the line in front, the Zabeel mare ran second in the Group 1 Doomben Cup and won both the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup and Brisbane Cup.

Other high profile horses returning in the Warwick Stakes include Metropolitan third placegetter Lamasery and Australian Derby runner-up Polish Knight.

One horse that doesn’t have the status of his rivals is Startsmeup but the Queensland gelding may have a fitness advantage.

While many will kick off their campaign on Saturday the Gillian Heinrich-trained sprinter is well into his preparation and will be chasing a third consecutive victory.

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Warwick Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 688x63200x DANLEIGH Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5 59kg 110
2 030x4284x1 PINWHEEL Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 11 59kg 109
3 x2500706x2 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne Glyn Schofield 10 59kg 104
4 46x411314x LAMASERY David Vandyke Jay Ford 12 59kg 104
5 309x49x931 BOLD GLANCE Norm Hilton Chris Munce 1 59kg 101
6 55250×1311 STARTSMEUP Gillian Heinrich Blake Shinn 3 59kg 97
7 7x3142317x MAULES CREEK John P Thompson 8 59kg 96
8 1835x363x7 TAGUS John P Thompson 9 59kg 94
9 22112750×3 ROLLING PIN (NZ) Gwenda Markwell Peter Robl 7 59kg 92
10 612912x POLISH KNIGHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 4 58.5kg 101
11 221x51328x ROCK ā€™Nā€™ POP Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 13 58.5kg 98
12 930x72211x LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody Joshua Parr 2 57kg 112
13 53x352383x SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg Corey Brown 6 57kg 112