Warwick Farm racecourse is gearing up to host Sydney’s first Group 1 race of 2010, the coveted $300 000 Patinack Farm Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on Saturday March 6.
The headline act of the meeting, the Chipping Norton Stakes is one of four terrific black type races on the day and because of its lucrative prizemoney and prestigious status is sure to draw some of the country’s finest middle distance gallopers.
In the past, the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) has been an excellent lead-up race and indicator for the Chipping Norton Stakes. This year the Apollo Stakes will be run on February 20 and punters keen to get a heads up for their Chipping Norton Stakes bets should keep an eye on the winner and placegetters in this earlier weight-for-age race.
The Chipping Norton Stakes is sure to attract a large number of wagers and the attention of many racing enthusiasts as the winner is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap on April 17 and the Group 1 Sydney Cup on April 24.
Local Warwick Farm trainer John Thompson will enter his three-year-old colt Gathering in 2010 Chipping Norton Stakes in the hope he can secure a second career win.
Stablemates Danleigh and Rangirangdoo will face off again in the Chipping Norton Stakes
Stablemates Danleigh and Rangirangdoo, both on the path to the Doncaster Mile, will face off again in the Chipping Norton Stakes. Trainer Chris Waller will first run them in the Apollo Stakes and follow up with the Chipping Norton Stakes.
Five-year-old Rangirangdoo is the more fancied of the two following his sensational Expressway Stakes win at Rosehill on February 6. Six-year-old Danleigh, who began the same race as the odds-on favourite, could only manage fifth.
Alcopop is another five-year-old gelding on a similar campaign, the in-form winner of seven of his 11 career starts is expected to run in the Apollo Stakes and then the Chipping Norton Stakes.
Nominations for the 2010 Chipping Norton Stakes must be in by Monday March 3 ahead of the announcement of the final field on Wednesday March 3.