A notable omission from Saturday’s Warwick Stakes nominations, Gai Waterhouse’s Missile Stakes winning mare Sweet Idea will skip a second-up run in Sydney in favour of a 2014 Memsie Stakesstart in Melbourne at the end of the month.
Ten individual Group 1 winners highlight the 19 entries taken for the $175,000 Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Randwick this weekend, the weight-for-age feature a favourable lead-up for elite level bound spring stars.
Waterhouse has just the one entry in the nominations dominated by four time Sydney premiership winning trainer Chris Waller with nine.
She will be without a runner in the weekend’s feature however with her single hope Liberation to instead race in the $125,000 Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) under handicap conditions at the meeting.
Waterhouse also toyed with nominating for a couple of other headliners from her stable, Sweet Idea and her Sydney Cup winning stablemate The Offer both noteworthy exclusions.
Snitzel four-year-old Sweet Idea kicked off her new season in top style at Randwick on August 9 with Tommy Berry guiding the two time Group 1 placegetter to victory over Messene in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m).
The dual Group 2 winner will now head straight to Victoria before August 30 for her chance to secure an elite level win early during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse.
“Sweet Idea has thrived since her win in the Missile Stakes and I think she deserves her chance at a Group 1,” Waterhouse told The Daily Telegraph.
“She will leave for Melbourne either Thursday or Friday to prepare for Caulfield next week.”
That will be Sweet Idea’s maiden Melbourne run with her only start outside of NSW to date being a one length win in the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast in Queensland this January.
Waterhouse has also opted to delay the return of her Montjeu gelding The Offer, the five-year-old having won his last three autumn starts in Sydney by a collective 10 lengths.
All of those were over 2400m or further at Group level including his four length effort in the Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 19.
The Offer now leads futures betting at Ladbrokes.com.au for the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday November 4 at $13.
Punters though will have to wait a little longer to see him in action under race conditions, Waterhouse having given him a trial when third over 1200m at Randwick on July 18.
He trials again on Friday in Sydney before joining Sweet Idea in Melbourne.
“The Offer, I couldn’t be happier with him,” Waterhouse said.
“He will trial (at Royal Randwick) on Friday and then I’ll send him to Melbourne for the spring.”
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