Four-time Sydney premiership winning trainer Chris Waller will saddle-up a host of his middle-distance stars this weekend nominating an incredible nine from his stables for Saturday’s Warwick Stakes 2014.
One of the feature races on the Royal Randwick program on the weekend, the $175,000 Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) has attracted a total of 18 nominees this year, Ladbrokes.com.au markets on the event opening later in the week.
Half of those are trained by Waller who is looking to dominate the early weight-for-age races of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
Included in Waller’s Warwick Stakes entries is his Doncaster Mile trifecta from the spring led by winner Sacred Falls to be ridden by Tommy Berry on the weekend.
The O’reilly five-year-old has had two Rosehill trials recently with Berry aboard and will be first-up following a second to It’s A Dundeel in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 19 – a week after their second Docnaster Mile success.
Doncaster runner-up Royal Descent then will have Kerrin McEvoy aboard on Saturday following two nice trials this month from the Queen Elizabeth Stakes fifth placegetter while third over the line in the Doncater, French import Weary is a Brenton Avdulla mount on the weekend.
Waller is still in two minds about running Boban in the Warwick Stakes though, the dual Group 1 winner having returned on August 9 when a close fourth to Sweet Idea in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m).
That was a standout first-up run from the Bernardini gelding but Waller is wary of a likely Slow-rated track in Sydney on the weekend for Boban who is better on top of the ground.
Glyn Schofield is on standby for the Warwick Stakes ride on Boban should he run.
Former Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur, Eagle Farm Cup winner Moriarty and Our Voodoo Prince are also all nominated along with fellow imports Junoob and My Kingdom Of Fife.
British import Our Voodoo Prince won three on the trot during the autumn including the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield on April 19 in their opening campaign down under.
The Kingmambo six-year-old then will be looking to continue that nice form when the gelding returns on Saturday where he makes his Sydney debut.
Many of Waller’s contingent are dually nominated at Randwick this weekend too.
Hawkspur, Junoob, Moriarty, My Kingdom Of Fife, Our Voodoo Prince, Royal Descent, Sacred Falls and Weary also all join last year’s Golden Rose third placegetter Bull Point in the $125,000 Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) nominations for Saturday.
Outside of Waller’s hopes there are plenty of other talented Warwick Stakes nominees this year also warming up for a big spring including two from the stables of Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes.
Team Hawkes have nominated consistent mare La Amistad and Lonhro gelding Messene who returned with an eye-catching second in the Missile Stakes.
Also in the mix are the likes of David Payne’s 2014 Cox Plate bound Australian Derby winner Criterion, the Peter Moody-trained Randwick Guineas winner Dissident, Storm Queen Stakes champ Lucia Valentina and Joe Pride’s last start Aurie’s Star winner at Flemington Tiger Tees.
See below for the full Warwick Stakes 2014 nominations, the final field and barriers set for release on Wednesday.
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2014 Warwick Stakes Nominations
Royal Randwick Racecourse – 23/08/2014
|2||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||110|
|3||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||107|
|5||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||105|
|6||LA AMISTAD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||100|
|7||LASER HAWK||Joseph Pride||109|
|9||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||102|
|10||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||108|
|12||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||108|
|13||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB)||Chris Waller||107|
|14||OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB)||Chris Waller||100|
|15||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||111|
|16||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||116|
|17||TIGER TEES (NZ)||Joseph Pride||109|
|18||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||106|