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Warwick returns to land plumb Wink ride

Lucy Warwick
Lucy WarwickPicture: Louise White

Quality sprinter Wink And A Nod will head jockey Lucy Warwick’s four feature event mounts when she returns from injury to ride at Ascot and Bunbury on the weekend.

The 19-year-old Warwick, with 262 wins to her credit, has not taken race rides since she was concussed in a fall at Bunbury trials almost five weeks ago.

Warwick said yesterday she would ride Wink And A Nod in the $120,000 Bunbury Stakes (1400m) on Sunday. She is also booked for Elegant Blast in the $100,000 Rangeview Stud WA Breeders’ Classic (1400m) at Bunbury.

Her main mounts at Ascot on Saturday are $150,000 Perth Stakes (1100m) runner Little Hercules and Vain Stryker, who will tackle the $100,000 Natasha Stakes (2200m).

“I was unconscious for five minutes after the Bunbury fall and also sustained a minor neck injury,” Warwick said. “But I’ve felt fully fit after rides in four trials over the past week.

“Wink And A Nod hasn’t raced since December, however she’s working well. I’m looking forward to being back on her in the Bunbury Stakes.”

The $790,000 stake-earner has been ridden by Warwick to win 11 races, including the Belmont Newmarket (1200m), Belmont Sprint (1400m) and Hyperion Stakes (1600m).

Elegant Blast has won twice at Belmont Park and Vain Stryker is an Ascot winner. A second and a third have been run by Little Hercules at his two starts.

“They’re all going well and I’m just happy to be back for the rides on them,” Warwick said.

Melbourne-based jockey Damian Lane has arranged a trip to Bunbury and will ride WA Guineas (1600m) winner Variation in the Breeders’ Classic.

Lane said he was booked on a flight to Perth after riding Stratum Star and Heatherly in Sydney on Saturday. He will travel by road to Bunbury.

William Pike is engaged for the Breeders’ Classic mount on Quilista.

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