Easy 2016 Warwick Stakes Win for Winx

August 20, 2016

Easy 2016 Warwick Stakes Win for Winx

The champion is back with Chris Waller’s mighty mare Winx posting her 10th win on the trot in a far too easy victory first-up in Royal Randwick’s Warwick Stakes 2016.


Winx posted her tenth win on the trot with a first-up victory in Randwick’s 2016 Warwick Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

In Black Caviar-like style, the winning streak of the daughter of Street Cry continued to extend when the now five-year-old kicked off her spring in impressive fashion toying with her rivals in Saturday’s $250,000 Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m).

“That’s the heat of the Olympics out of the way, now we’ve just got the semi-finals and the finals to come,” a relieved Waller said after the victory.

Continuing her stellar first-up record, which now sits at five wins from six resuming runs, Winx showed exactly how good she was never moving out of second gear giving her regular jockey Hugh Bowman an armchair ride in the weight-for-age clash.

Rival jockey Tommy Berry aboard Rebel Dane gave Winx something to chase as he was first into stride leading the odds-on favourite who Bowman took straight up into second, closer on pace than in previous runs.

The six-time Group 1 winning mare had a soft ride early while the Kris Lees-trained Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Lucia Valentina settled into second with the John O’Shea-trained Hartnell fourth on the outside.

Bowman kept the punters’ pick Winx parked up in a prominent position behind Gary Portelli’s seven-year-old, giving her a little square up before the turn when she grabbed the bit and made it apparent things were all but over for the rest of the runners.

Around the turn Rebel Dane revved up, but Winx ($1.26) sailed up to the front-runner and smashed out the last 600m in a sensational 32.89 seconds impressing Bowman who said she’d never felt faster underneath him.

“I think I can say she hasn’t been as quick underneath me as she was when I let her go today,” he said.

“Maybe I’m just starting to get used to her.

“What can I say? It was pretty quick.”

It was a walk in the park then for the recently crowned NSW Horse of the Year who drew away on the line to beat home Godolphin’s Authorzied six-year-old Hartnell ($19) and Rebel Dane ($11) holding on for a brave third.

The crowd broke into applause appreciating Winx and welcoming her back to the track for what is shaping up as another faultless spring assault from the reigning Cox Plate champion.

“It’s hard not to get carried away with a mare like this, she really is something special and it’s an honour to be on her back,” Bowman said.

Waller was full of post-race praise not only for his stable star but also the Randwick track team and said he was happy to have chosen Sydney for Winx’s return.

“It was questionable whether the track would stand up for the spring but they’ve done a fantastic job,” he said.

“I’m pleased we chose Sydney to resume and she’s got a few more runs to come in Sydney before we move onto Melbourne.”

She was already at a short $2.70 in all-in betting to successfully defend her title in the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22 and is now set to firm even further in futures markets for Australasia’s weight-for-age championship.

To back Winx throughout the spring at the best prices head to Ladbrokes.com.au today!

2016 Warwick Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Randwick Race 7 – 20/08/2016

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 6 WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 4 57kg $1.24F
2 2 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James McDonald 3.5L 3 59kg $21
3 4 REBEL DANE Gary Portelli Tommy Berry 4.3L 2 59kg $11
4 7 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 4.4L 1 57kg $11
5 5 VANBRUGH Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 8.9L 6 58.5kg $31
6 1 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 10.1L 7 59kg $81
7 3 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Jason Collett 11.1L 5 59kg $201

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations: Waller’s trio top 3 in betting

The Chris Waller trained two year ods  The Autumn Sun, Zousain and Lean Mean...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field