Winx Leads 2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes First Acceptances

Chris Waller’s champion mare Winx is the headline first acceptance taken for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2016 this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival at Randwick Racecourse.


Champion mare Winx is nearing odds-on territory in futures 2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting for April 9 at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

The highlight of the two-day ‘The Championships’ and the season’s richest race, this year’s $4 million Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) originally attracted 96 nominations.

That number was reduced to 60 hopefuls on Tuesday when Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptances closed.

Sydney’s premier trainer Waller still has a total of 11 hopefuls heading towards the weight-for-age classic including the dominant early favourite in futures Queen Elizabeth Stakes odds at Winx ($2.10).

Undefeated in her past seven runs dating back to last winter, the Cox Plate champ was last seen winning the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) as the odds-on favourite at Randwick on February 27.

She is now also short-priced to take out the Queen Elizabeth Stakes back up over the distance she made history with when winning the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) in Melbourne.

Waller has prepared two previous Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners with My Kingdom Of Fife (2011) and Reliable Man (2013) and looks in an envious position again this autumn.

His other headline Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptors include beaten Randwick Guineas favourite last weekend Press Statement ($11), imported four-year-old stallion Storm The Stars ($15) who debuted down under with a seventh in the Chipping Norton, the reigning Doncaster Mile winner Kermadec ($17) who ran an eye-catching third first-up in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) last weekend and Chipping Norton fourth placed Zabeel four-year-old Preferment ($17).

Following Winx in the all-in Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting markets this season is the defending champion Criterion ($9), who is also still officially entered for the $2 million Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at the same meeting.

Third over the two miles of the Melbourne Cup last spring after a Cox Plate second to Winx, the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Sebring stallion ran last first-up in the Canterbury Stakes but will only improve over his campaign.

If he runs and is successful in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes Criterion will be the first back-to-back winner of the classic since the Gai Waterhouse-trained Grand Armee (2004-05).

Lindsay Park’s Hayes & Dabernig also paid the Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptance fee for Sandown Cup winner Almoonqith, Chipping Norton Stakes runner-up to Winx a fortnight back Dibayani, five-year-old He Or She and 2014 ATC Oaks winner Rising Romance.

Waterhouse meanwhile has prepared four previous Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners with dual hero Grand Armee followed by Desert War (2007) and More Joyous (2012).

This season she has just the one horse still in the mix, her four-year-old O’Reilly mare Bohemian Lily.

Adding international interest to the race is the inclusion of Japan’s Tosen Stardom ($15), the Yasutoshi Ikee-trained Deep Impact stallion having had two previous runs down under.

Last autumn he was runner-up to Contributer in Rosehill’s Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) before a fifth to Criterion in the Queen Elizabeth.

See below for the full Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2016 first declarations, the final acceptances and barrier draw released on April 5.

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2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes First Acceptances

Randwick Racecourse – 09/04/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Weight Hcp. Rating
1 314181458x ADDICTIVE HABIT (NZ) G 6 Lee Somervell 59kg 103
2 x5067101x9 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59kg
3 0x5797x60x AOMEN (IRE) G 8 Anthony Cummings 59kg 98
4 4x30721x04 AWESOME ROCK H 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 59kg
5 30x484256x BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 59kg 104
6 x6x6x20x01 BOW CREEK (IRE) H 5 John O’Shea 59kg
7 11×6013863 CENTRE PIVOT G 5 Peter Robl 59kg 102
8 35x61239x7 CRITERION (NZ) H 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59kg 115
9 x0x3399x42 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59kg
10 60x2357x09 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59kg
11 7x123121x3 GOOD PROJECT H 4 Chris Waller 59kg
12 57x157x80x GUARDINI (FR) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 59kg 102
13 11x5x111x4 HAPPY CLAPPER G 5 Patrick Webster 59kg 100
14 6050208×07 HAPPY TRAILS G 8 Paul Beshara 59kg
15 114x4650x5 HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 59kg
16 12x0728x33 HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea 59kg
17 8x52415x20 HE OR SHE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59kg
18 19x87x23x6 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 5 John O’Shea 59kg
19 31x52140x3 KERMADEC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 59kg 113
20 0x09936x56 LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59kg 104
21 60x900x2x0 LIDARI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 59kg
22 x143121x79 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 59kg 107
23 13213×38 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) H 4 Darren Weir 59kg 72
24 151x7431x0 MONGOLIAN KHAN H 4 Murray Baker 59kg
25 0x1610x703 MOURINHO G 8 Peter Gelagotis 59kg
26 6x7x9230x5 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 59kg
27 8x011907x4 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 59kg
28 x000820x03 PUCCINI (NZ) H 5 Darren Weir 59kg 100
29 27x57523x2 ROCK STURDY H 5 Joseph Pride 59kg
30 x731310x72 STRATUM STAR H 4 Darren Weir 59kg
31 123x12310x TERRUBI (IRE) H 6 Kris Lees 59kg 107
32 5x0x51709x TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 5 Yasutoshi Ikee 59kg
33 1x62111x41 TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker 59kg
34 3x70590x61 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) G 4 Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs 59kg 104
35 2x249000x9 WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 59kg
36 x758701x90 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 59kg
37 11x111x45x GOLDSTREAM (ITY) H 4 Kris Lees 58.5kg 95
38 x10042x5x8 KOOL KOMPANY (IRE) H 4 Chris Waller 58.5kg
39 12132314×7 STORM THE STARS (USA) H 4 Chris Waller 58.5kg
40 x35578x558 ADORABEEL (NZ) M 6 Joseph Pride 57kg 87
41 0x12123x21 AZKADELLIA (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher 57kg
42 x692330x65 BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse 57kg 98
43 12x9102x92 FENWAY M 4 Lee & Shannon Hope 57kg
44 2x21226x12 FIRST SEAL M 4 John P Thompson 57kg 109
45 1x98046x00 GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 57kg
46 76x648915x LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 5 Kris Lees 57kg 110
47 14291410×3 MISS ROSE DE LAGO M 5 Danny O’Brien 57kg
48 x620027x06 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 57kg
49 311x117x13 SUAVITO (NZ) M 5 Nigel Blackiston 57kg
50 167×702117 TINTO M 5 Rex Lipp 57kg
51 211x111x11 WINX M 4 Chris Waller 57kg
52 0549x149x2 ZANBAGH M 5 John P Thompson 57kg
53 2251×91 CROSLEY HOTSHOT G 3 Bjorn Baker 55.5kg 70
54 x69358x823 GOLD AMBITION (NZ) G 3 Bjorn Baker 55.5kg 73
55 211×721 PALENTINO C 3 Darren Weir 55.5kg 80
56 11x2511x12 PRESS STATEMENT C 3 Chris Waller 55.5kg 108
57 172029×408 SHARDS C 3 John O’Shea 55.5kg 82
58 311731×42 TARZINO (NZ) C 3 Mick Price 55.5kg 104
59 2462111×06 VANBRUGH C 3 Chris Waller 55.5kg 100
60 32098×4022 SINGLE GAZE F 3 Nick Olive 53.5kg 83


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