Winx Dominates 2016 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes Nominations

Australia’s champion racehorse Winx will look to extend her winning streak to 12 on the trot when she lines-up for her final Cox Plate tune-up in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes 2016 this weekend.


Winx is already odds-on to make it 12 straight wins in the 2016 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes on Guineas Day this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Just seven nominations were received by Racing Victoria on Monday for this year’s $600,000 Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m), the inclusion of Chris Waller’s superstar mare Winx scaring off the bulk of potential runners.

The weight-for-age classic was won 12 months ago by Criterion who went on to place third in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) next start.

Winx will tackle the Caulfield Stakes on Saturday and then head to Moonee Valley on October 22 to defend her title in the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).

Already in pre-field Caulfield Stakes betting at the race sponsor, Waller’s flying daughter of Street Cry is odds-on at $1.30 to get the job done on Caulfield Guineas Day on Saturday.

She was last seen beating home Hauraki in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) in Sydney on September 17, and that form was franked last weekend when the runner-up returned to win the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) in an outstanding last-to-first effort.

Winx now chases a double last achieved by the mighty Lonhro (2003) who won his second Caulfield Stakes on the back of a George Main win in Sydney for Hall of Famer John Hawkes.

The main danger to stop the Winx onslaught in futures Caulfield Stakes odds is Black Heart Bart ($4) for Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir.

An ultra-consistent Blackfriars six-year-old, Black Heart Bart has run top two in his nine most recent races including his 2.5 length victory at the track in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) a fortnight back.

The Underwood Stakes – Caulfield Stakes double was last achieved by Ocean Park (2012), while Atlantic Jewel won the latter on the back of a second in the Underwood the following year.

Kris Lees’ Underwood Stakes third placed mare Lucia Valentina is also nominated for a run against Winx this weekend, the Savabeel six-year-old having crossed fourth to her first-up in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on August 20.

The extra metres this weekend will suit Lees’ Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner who has an outstanding record over the distance (8-4-1-1).

Robert Hickmott won the race two years back with Fawkner (2014) and is back in 2016 with two entries: Ranvet Stakes winning Galileo seven-year-old The United States coming off a first-up sixth on September 3 in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and Gallante.

Gallante is an imported son of Montjeu who won the autumn’s Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m), and he comes off a resuming Caulfield run from September 17 behind Jameka in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m).

Rounding out the nominees are the Matt Laurie-trained Escado and Lindsay Park’s Underwood Stakes third placegetter He Or She who also holds a nomination for Saturday’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).

See below for the full Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes 2016 nominations, the field and barriers due for release on Wednesday.

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2016 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 08/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11x1111x11 WINX M 5 Chris Waller 1 57kg 123
2 8915x41x43 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 6 Kris Lees 2 57kg 114
3 x21212x121 BLACK HEART BART G 6 Darren Weir 3 59kg 116
4 0069x031x2 GALLANTE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 4 59kg 108
5 610x5212x6 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott 5 59kg 111
6 97170×9670 ESCADO G 7 Matt Laurie 6 59kg 100
7 5x2018x732 HE OR SHE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 7 59kg 107


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