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Champion mare Winx is set to line up amongst a strong field in her first-up run on Saturday after being confirmed as one of eleven 2017 Warwick Stakes nominations this morning.
Winx has posted an incredible seventeen-consecutive race wins in the lead-up to her 2017 Spring Carnival campaign and is primed for a typically strong first-up run.
Resuming in autumn for a smart win in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m), the Street Cry mare comfortably beat a classy field to the line in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) before beating some of the Autumn Carnival’s best horses by close to eight length in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
Last seen posting a dominant win in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on Day 2 of The Championships, Winx has trialled exceedingly well in the lead-up to the Warwick Stakes and should just win the race.
Trainer Chris Waller is set to launch a multi-pronged attack in the race after also including Antonio Giuseppe, Who Shot Thebarman and Foxplay in 2017 Warwick Stakes nominations.
Antonio Giuseppe was a revelation upon debuting for Waller last spring; post four-consecutive race wins before finishing second in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).
Fourth in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) most notably in autumn, the Shocking gelding will undoubtedly need this run before finding his best form.
A Melbourne Cup prospect once more this season, Who Shot Thebarman has trialled well in the lead-up to the Warwick Stakes, but will improve further into his campaign and over longer distances.
Foxplay broke through for a maiden win at the highest level during her recent Autumn Carnival campaign and is a live chance of a first-three finish in the Warwick Stakes.
Returning to winning form in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) first-up on March 11th, the Foxwedge mare ran a credible fourth in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) before flying home to win the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on Day 2 of The Championships.
Invincible Gem returned to the races for a smart win in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) a fortnight ago and is arguably the best chance of any included in 2017 Warwick Stakes nominations of challenging Winx.
Winner of the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) early in February, the I Am Invincible mare ran a close second behind Inference in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) before being sent to the paddock.
Inference has also been included in 2017 Warwick Stakes nominations, but is another horse that will likely need a run before finding his best racing condition.
The 2017 Warwick Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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2017 Warwick Stakes Nominations
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|2||1112x1240x||ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ)||G||5||Chris Waller||103|
|3||16x113380x||ECUADOR (NZ)||G||8||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||110|
|5||31212652×5||HARPER’S CHOICE||H||4||Gerald Ryan||89|
|6||1433x5126x||INFERENCE||H||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||100|
|7||x1541112x1||INVINCIBLE GEM||M||4||Kris Lees||108|
|8||613311255x||RED EXCITEMENT||G||8||Gerald Ryan||108|
|9||7255x3642x||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||9||Chris Waller||108|
|11||0560x2612x||ZANBAGH||M||7||John P Thompson||108|
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