The Warra 2023

The Warra is a new Special Conditions event run and won at Kembla Grange Racecourse in mid to late November at the tail end of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

2021 The Warra Winner Eleven Eleven
2021 The Warra winner Eleven Eleven. Photo: Steve Hart.

A handicap race with no age or sex restrictions, The Warra took place for the first time in 2021 and is conducted by the Illawarra Turf Club.

It is held on the same day as the $1 million The Gong (1600m) and is a 1000m sprint for short-distance specialists.

The Warra offers $300,000 in prize money and makes a nice target for sprinters that may be down in grade off a Group 1 run in either Sydney or Melbourne earlier in the spring.

This spring’s edition of The Warra ran on 2023 at Kembla Grange and was won by the Michael Freedman-trained Insurrection ($6).

2023 The Warra Results

The official The Warra 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday November 25, 2023.

2023 The Warra winner Insurrection

2023 The Warra winner Insurrection posted a dominant two length win. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #8 Insurrection
  • 2nd: #10 Quick Tempo
  • 3rd: #7 Recommendation

Michael Freedman’s consistent Russian Revolution four-year-old Insurrection ($6) returned to winning form second-up with a dominant two-length romp home in The Warra 2023 results on The Gong Day.

2023 The Warra Odds

The season’s premier The Warra 2023 odds and betting market links will be provided below as soon as released.

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The Warra Info

  • Date: Saturday November 25, 2023
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Track: Kembla Grange Racecourse
  • Distance: 1000m
  • Conditions: Handicap – Open
  • Status: Special Condition
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 2021

The Warra Betting

Betting on The Warra is led by in-form spring sprinters coming off a good lead-up campaign in similar distance / class races.

Proven short-distance horses with a good 1000m record, any local hopes with previous form at Kembla Grange and the quality Group 1 runners down in grade dominate The Warra betting.

There are a number of key lead-up races that impact The Warra betting markets including the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley in September.

The inaugural favourite in The Warra betting was Malkovich ($2.35 in 2021) who ran a narrow second behind Eleven Eleven ($7.50).

In 2022 Athelric won The Warra at odds of $5, while the favourite Malkovich ($3.40) ran fifth as the beaten top elect for the second straight year.

The Warra 2023 winner Insurrection started at $6 odds.

The Warra Field

The Warra race field features a line-up of quality spring sprinters, many stepping that may be stepping back to 1000m off a run over 1200m or further.

Plenty of horses in The Warra field may also be heading north off a run in a Group race at Flemington over the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Some runners may also be dropping back in distance on the quick back-up out of the previous Saturday’s $1 million The Hunter (1300m) at Newcastle.

2023 The Warra Field

The official The Warra 2023 Final Field and Barriers will be announced by Racing NSW the Wednesday of race week and published in full below.

The 2023 The Warra field features a smart line-up of short-distance specialists led in betting by the resuming Kris Lees-trained Russian Revolution four-year-old Brudenell.

2023 The Warra Nominations

The early 2023 The Warra nominations will close on the Monday of race week and the list of potential runners in The Gong Day support act will be available below.

The Warra 2023 nominations attracted 22 sprinters led in all-in betting by the resuming Joe Pride-trained Dragonstone who ran third last spring and the 2021 runner-up Malkovich out to improve on his fifth in the race last year.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x5L92x700x ELEVEN ELEVEN G 7 Gregory Hickman 1 60.5kg 60.5kg   104
2 x26712x077 ATHELRIC G 5 James Cummings 2= 59.5kg 59.5kg   102
3 5025x1576x MALKOVICH G 6 Bjorn Baker 2= 59.5kg 59.5kg   102
4 43x13x0Px8 CANNONBALL H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 4 58.5kg 58.5kg   100
5 6x885x4734 GENERATION H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 57.5kg 57.5kg   98
6 x118206x0x BACCHANALIA G 5 James Cummings 6 56.5kg 56.5kg   96
7 32x523223x DRAGONSTONE G 5 Joseph Pride 7= 55.5kg 55.5kg   94
8 5x311x2162 RECOMMENDATION G 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7= 55.5kg 55.5kg   94
9 230x2111x4 INSURRECTION G 4 Michael Freedman 9 55kg 55kg   93
10 54166×1111 HARD TO SAY G 4 Jason Deamer 10 54kg 54kg   91
11 51226×7605 ON THE LEAD G 6 Richard & Will Freedman 11 54kg 53kg   89
12 1115x1221x BRUDENELL G 4 Kris Lees 12= 54kg 52kg   87
13 142833×581 QUICK TEMPO G 5 Mark Minervini 12= 54kg 52kg   87
14 971220×987 MAOTAI G 5 Annabel Neasham 14 54kg 51kg   85
15 2144x477x3 DEHORNED UNICORN G 5 Joseph Pride 15= 54kg 50.5kg   84
16 98800×8707 SHELBY SIXTYSIX G 7 Danny Williams 15= 54kg 50.5kg   84
17 4x430657x5 FOX FIGHTER G 5 David Payne 17 54kg 50kg   83
18 4612638x2x MABEL M 5 Tracey Bartley 18 54kg 45kg   77
19 0x6171510x SPARRING G 5 Ron Stubbs 19 54kg 45.5kg   74
20 99265×1702 CECIL STREET LAD G 5 Kristen Buchanan 20 54kg 45kg   73
21 41336×2587 ANOTHER COGNAC H 4 Bryce Heys 21 54kg 40.5kg   64
22 400x1574x1 MARTIAL MUSIC G 4 Anthony Cummings 22 54kg 39.5kg   62

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

The Warra Form

The Warra form guide details the full race field, horse statistics including track / distance records for all the runners, the race track conditions for the day and early betting previews.

Following The Warra form on the in-form sprinters that get in well weight-wise under the handicap conditions will be key to picking The Warra winner in the spring.

The 2021 The Warra form was franked with the winner Eleven Eleven returning the following summer to take out the $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) on the Gold Coast in January of 2022. Eleven Eleven also ran third in that winter’s Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm.

2023 The Warra Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Warra 2023 Form Guide and race selections will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

The Warra Tips

The Warra betting tips centre around the spring’s best performing metropolitan sprinters coming off good lead-up campaigns in earlier races over the 1000m to 1200m distance range.

Any stakes performers staying in Sydney to target The Warra over a trip to Melbourne will make good The Warra race tips as they are being set specifically for the $300,000 feature.

2023 The Warra Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ The Warra 2023 race tips will be detailed below once the final field is out so stay tuned for the short distance runners to back and sack in the lucrative Illawarra race.

  • To Win: #9 Hard To Say ($12 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Open edition of The Warra but going for value with Hard To Say at double-figures to extend an impressive winning streak. The Exceed And Excel four-year-old from Newcastle has been doing just that winning four on the trot ahead of this. Last start at Randwick over 1100m he saluted by a length with 53kg in a Benchmark 100 on Melbourne Cup Day. Only carries a kilo more here and despite a wide draw has the class to defeat this field especially back in distance.

The Warra Results

The Warra race results detailing The Warra winners and place-getters along with the winning time from the race’s inauguration in 2021 to the present are detailed in the table below.

Eleven Eleven was the inaugural The Warra winner followed by the James Cummings-trained Athelric in 2022.

Athelric holds The Warra race record winning in 2022 in a time of 56.32 seconds.

The Warra Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Insurrection Quick Tempo Recommendation 0:57.25
2022 Athelric Key Largo Dragonstone 0:56.32
2021 Eleven Eleven Malkovich Wisdom Of Water 0:57.63