Chris Waller may dominate the Warwick Stakes 2013 field this Saturday numbers wise but rival Sydney trainer Joe Pride will also play a strong hand in the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival lead-up with his speedster Rain Affair ready for action.
Set to run as Warwick Farm Race 6 at 3:40pm (AEST), this year’s $175,000 Group 1 Pro-Ride Warwick Stakes (1400m) has attracted a crack final field of 14 acceptors.
Six of those are prepared by triple premiership winning horseman Waller.
Waller will saddle-up a host of Group 1 horses and spring-bound stars, all racing first-up here.
The youngest of the squad is Purrealist four-year-old Hawkspur who has come up trumps with barrier three and Jim Cassidy to ride for their first run since winning the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm back in June.
Another last start winner in the mix with an ace draw is his imported Beat Hollow six-year-old Beaten Up, Hugh Bowman’s mount to get the inside run from barrier one as they too resume after a Brisbane Winter Carnival Group 1 having won the Doomben Cup (2000m) in May.
Waller’s other four chances are then veteran galloper Metal Bender (barrier 11) racing for the first time since their 2012 George Ryder Stakes success in April last year, Doomben Cup runner-up Foreteller (barrier 10), Kelinni (barrier nine) who will race in the Melbourne Cup again after a fourth last year and Brisbane Cup champ Moriarty (barrier 12).
Then there’s Pride’s runner Rain Affair, likely to jump the punter’s pick as they boast the fitness edge here.
The Commands six-year-old will be ridden by Nash Rawiller but have a wide gate 13 draw to overcome, Rawiller aboard for their emphatic first-up win at Randwick on August 10 where they beat home Mic Mac by five and a half lengths in the Group 3 Missile Stakes (1200m).
Along with Waller the other trainer with multiple Warwick Stakes runners this year is Guy Walter who has two horses starting off.
Both Bernardni four-year-old Toydini and dual Group 1 winner Streama kick off their spring campaigns in the Warwick Stakes as they head towards the same grand final, the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on October 5.
Other notable Warwick Stakes hopes then include the Gai Waterhouse-trained Metropolitan champ Glencadam Gold and John Thompson’s consistent Zabeel gelding Tremec who won back-to-back black types in Sydney before the break including the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m).
Check out the full Warwick Stakes 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.
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2013 Warwick Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Warwick Farm Race 6 – 3:40pm (AEST) – 24/08/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||3480x7x31x||METAL BENDER (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tim Clark||11||59kg||116|
|2||x25171522x||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||10||59kg||112|
|3||48x44220x1||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||Nash Rawiller||13||59kg||111|
|4||5x43x9021x||BEATEN UP (GB)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||1||59kg||110|
|5||x3251228x5||VEYRON (NZ)||Linda Laing||Christian Reith||2||59kg||110|
|6||14x596416x||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||9||59kg||109|
|7||411x55141x||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||12||59kg||108|
|8||111106x00x||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||8||59kg||107|
|9||x116x8578x||SNEAK A PEEK (ITY)||Peter G Moody||Joshua Parr||14||59kg||104|
|10||40x37166x5||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||–||4||59kg||100|
|11||14x811211x||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||Nathan Berry||7||59kg||100|
|12||11x526111x||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||3||58.5kg||103|
|13||x268x5114x||TOYDINI||Guy Walter||Peter Robl||6||58.5kg||102|
|14||8x2273432x||STREAMA||Guy Walter||Glen Boss||5||57kg||110|