Warwick Gives A Wink And A Nod To His Glamour Mare

10
Jun

Myalup trainer, Justin Warwick, and his jockey daughter, Lucy, are poised to enjoy a big day out at Belmont on Saturday.

Glamour mare Wink And A Nod is a warm favourite to record back-to-back feature wins in the Group 3 Hyperion Stakes.

On the undercard talented and developing sprinters, Elegant Blast and Cool Passion also loom as excellent winning prospects.

The Flirt, stepping up to a middle distance journey, and recent acquisition, Infathuated, are considered each way chances.

Warwick believes Wink And A Nod has everything in her favour to give him his second Hyperion Stakes in three years.

She strips fitter after winning the Belmont Sprint, her first run in six weeks, has drawn perfectly and is racing in career-best form.

“She is one of those horses that keeps getting better and we are enjoying the ride,” Warwick said on TABradio.

“It’s pretty much an ideal draw for her with the vast majority of her main opposition drawing out wide.

“To be honest I think if she gets a clear run and nothing goes wrong in the race then she just wins.

“Some of the better horses are not in the best form of their careers and she is flying.”

Wink And A Nod, to jump from barrier seven, holds firm Tabtouch favouritism at $2.35.

Battle Hero, who ran second to Wink And A Nod in the Belmont Sprint (1400m), is rated a $5 chance. The Stratum gelding will start from the widest gate in the field of 15.

Luckygray, third up this campaign after a long injury layoff, has copped barrier 14. The gelding, who won the Hyperion in 2012, is on the third line of betting at $9.

Punters have come in droves for Elegant Blast, who could not have been any more impressive when winning over 1200m on debut at Belmont three weeks back.

The Blackfriars filly, who tackles the opening race in the Pink Ladies Day Luncheon-July 9 Plate (1300m), has firmed into $1.70 after she opened at $2.20 on Thursday.

However; Warwick says last-start winners Buster’s Shadow, Herron Point and Prince Mouritz and Oregon Bronze will provide a sterner test.

“She did everything right on debut, but there is a bit more depth in this race,” Warwick said.

“But she’s drawn nicely (5), will get back in the field and an extra 100m will help.

“She has done everything right and is a lovely, lovely young horse with a really bright future.”

Cool Passion returned to the winner’s list last week after sitting off speed and sprinting home with a sharp turn of foot to maintain her impressive strike rate.

The Not A Single Doubt mare has been a consistent money earner for connections, failing to miss the money in eight starts with five wins and three placings.

“She is very fit, in good order and is jumping out of her skin,” Warwick said.

“She will run a good 1000 metres really quick, she drops in weight (3kg) and I wouldn’t be swapping her for any other runner in the race.”

Warwick believes top weight of 59kg and his first attempt at 2100m may be the stumbling block for last-start winner, The Flirt, in the Belmont Bonanza-Only $20 Handicap.

He also believes a step up in grade and tougher opposition from mid-week company will play a part against Infathuated in the Young Membership 2016/17 Handicap (1400m).

RWWA: Julio Santarelli