2014 Warwick Stakes Day was set to feature the return of some of the best horses in Australia, but the wet weather that has bombarded Sydney all week has led to the scratching of a number of the winning chances in every single race.
The Royal Randwick track is currently rated a heavy 9 and with plenty of rain still about Sydney, there is a chance that the track could be downgraded to a heavy 10 during the meeting.
There have been scratchings from every race at Royal Randwick this afternoon and betting markets for feature events like the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) have changed dramatically in the last 24 hours.
The wet weather has made picking the winner of the Warwick Stakes ever more difficult, but leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au is giving punters some insurance by refunding bets placed on the horse that finishes second in the Group 2 event.
Royal Randwick Track Report
- Weather: Overcast
- Track Conditions: Heavy 9
- Penetrometer: 6.06
- Rail: True
- Previous Rail: +6m Entire Circuit (9/8/2014)
The 2014 Warwick Stakes was set to feature a very strong field and there is still plenty of talent in the race despite the scratchings of Boban, Laser Hawk, Messene and Dissident.
The most high profile scratching in the Silver Shadow Stakes is that of Blue Diamond Stakes winner Earthquake, while Group 1 winners Dear Demi and Lucia Valentina have both been removed from the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m).
2014 Warwick Stakes Day Scratchings
Race 1 (12:40PM) – $85,000 TAB Early Quaddie Handicap (1400m)
#5 Bouzy Rouge, #6 As Needed, #8 Maximilian #11 Lorna May
Race 2 (1:15PM) – $85,000 Randwick City Mayor’s Cup (2000m)
#11 Lucky Liaison, #12 Slivovitz
Race 3 (1:50PM) – $125,000 Group 3 Synergy FX Up And Coming Stakes (1300m)
#2 Kumaon, #11 Road To Shangrila
Race 4 (2:25PM) – $175,000 Group 2 Coolmore Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m)
#1 Earthquake, #7 Twirl, #9 High Above
Race 5 (3:05PM) – $125,000 Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m)
#8 Whittington #11 Cluster
Race 6 (3:45PM) – $175,000 Group 2 Pro-Ride Warwick Stakes (1400m)
#1 Boban, #3 Laser Hawk, #6 Messene, #10 Dissident
Race 7 (4:25PM) – $125,000 Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m)
#2 Dear Demi, #3 Lucia Valentina, #7 Neena Rock, #12 Miss Promiscuity, #14 Lesley’s Choice
Race 8 (5:05PM) – $85,000 Ranvet Handicap (1000m)
#2 Texan Lad, #6 Rifleman, #7 Senta De Noche, #9 Your Excellency, #10 Biloxi, #12 Ivory Cognag, #19 Angel Bee
Sign-up and deposit at Ladbrokes.com.au this afternoon to take advantage of their Warwick Stakes special that will give you your stake back in the form of a bonus bet if your horse finishes second!
New customers can also score a free bet worth up to $250 that can be used to back the winner of the Warwick Stakes or any other race.