Winx Tops 2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes First Acceptances

Champion mare Winx remains the key attraction heading towards the Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2017 in Sydney this April following first acceptances for ‘The Championships’ showdown.

Winx

Winx is the odds-on favourite of the 2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes First Acceptances heading towards the April 8 classic at Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart.

On Tuesday Racing NSW took first declarations for the Group 1 races running over the first two Saturdays in April this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival at Royal Randwick including the lucrative $4 million Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), which drew sixty-one entries.

Held on Day 2 of ‘The Championships’, April 8, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes is set to attract more attention than ever before with the world’s best racehorse Winx targeting the weight-for-age feature.

The daughter of Street Cry has currently won her past 15 races on the trot, most recently overcoming a Heavy (9) track to go back-to-back in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).

Her stellar autumn has followed the exact path as last season and she will continue that defending her title in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) next start at Rosehill on March 19.

From there Waller’s $9.8 million earner will round out her preparation with a Queen Elizabeth Stakes run and already she is dominating the all-in markets at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $1.35.

Waller has prepared previous Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners My Kingdom Of Fife (2011) and Reliable Man (2013).

Along with Winx as he chases a third success he has paid first acceptances for nine other runners including a host of stayers more likely to run in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on the same day.

Aside from those stayers – including early Sydney Cup betting favourite Antonio Giuseppe – key Waller-trained Queen Elizabeth Stakes rivals for Winx include gun import Arod, the filly Omei Sword and McCreery.

After Winx the other best in futures Queen Elizabeth Stakes odds post-first acceptances are Hartnell ($11) and Tosen Stardom ($15).

Hartnell has suffered six losses from as many runs against the mighty Winx to date, the John O’Shea-trained six-year-old last seen running a flat eighth in the Chipping Norton Stakes.

He gets some relief from the beatings next-up in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) on Golden Slipper Stakes Day before the Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2017.

O’Shea and the Godolphin stable have a total of four first acceptors for the race with Hartnell joined by imported stallions Floodlight and Spectroscope who are yet to race down under, as well as Hauraki.

Hauraki caught the eye first-up this time in with a smart third in the mud at Randwick in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m), but may target the Doncaster Mile on April 1.

Tosen Stardom is a Japanese import prepared by one of Victoria’s best, Darren Weir.

Weir has a total of five Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptors and Tosen Stardom is his best fancied after a brave second to stablemate Black Heart Bart in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m).

Black Heart Bart also features in the entries for the stable, along with the flying Stratum Star and Humidor who contests this weekend’s Australian Cup at Flemington, and Palentino.

Other notable hopes include the Lloyd Williams-raced The United States, Caulfield Cup winning mare Jameka and Victoria Derby champion Prized Icon.

Check out the full 2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes First Acceptances below then head to Ladbrokes.com.au for the best all-in markets on Winx and her rivals.

2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes First Acceptances

Royal Randwick – 08/04/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 111×84 ABBEY MARIE M 4 Michael Kent 97
2 x808462x00 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
3 6x511112x1 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 103
4 3x00352x02 AROD (IRE) H 6 Chris Waller 107
5 917x277x41 ASTRONOMOS (GB) G 6 John P Thompson 97
6 x12129x211 BLACK HEART BART G 6 Darren Weir 114
7 121×533 COMIN’ THROUGH C 3 Chris Waller 90
8 112x3x321x CONSENSUS (NZ) M 5 Stephen McKee
9 x1290x1211 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) G 4 Desleigh Forster 103
10 249×232924 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
11 06116×1133 ECUADOR (NZ) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 108
12 x3915x0x36 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) H 5 Chris Waller 104
13 3x12x210x2 EURO ANGEL (NZ) M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 99
14 3x183538x6 EXOSPHERIC (GB) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 112
15 x1240x518x FIRST SEAL M 5 John P Thompson 110
16 14x120143x FLOODLIGHT (USA) H 4 John O’Shea 84
17 3x230x533x FOUNDATION (IRE) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 100
18 23x56469x2 HAPPY CLAPPER G 6 Patrick Webster 107
19 611x92384x HARLEM (GB) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98
20 x211123x28 HARTNELL (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 115
21 22x12182x3 HAURAKI G 5 John O’Shea 112
22 x7323590x1 HE OR SHE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
23 22x41670x9 HEAVENS ABOVE M 5 Tim Martin 103
24 11x1110x87 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 108
25 x31129x422 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 4 Darren Weir 100
26 1734 IMPAVIDO G 3 Bjorn Baker 63
27 x471210x44 JAMEKA M 4 Ciaron Maher
28 35x046741x JESSY BELLE M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98
29 51429×338 LAND OF PLENTY C 3 Grahame Begg 72
30 7x22251x11 LE ROMAIN G 4 Kris Lees 113
31 123×115 MAN FROM UNCLE G 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings 86
32 x6251162x1 MCCREERY (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 106
33 114x82876x MIME (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 95
34 110x7111x6 NEW TIPPERARY G 4 Joseph Pride 88
35 1182×53 NO DOUBT H 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings 68
36 1x01x7 NURSE KITCHEN (NZ) F 3 David Brideoake 82
37 129x12x2 OMEI SWORD F 3 Chris Waller 92
38 5501x5860x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman 111
39 451008×446 PALENTINO H 4 Darren Weir 111
40 10x4540x60 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 5 Chris Waller 114
41 x463351x62 PRIZED ICON C 3 James Cummings 107
42 2×61331125 RED EXCITEMENT G 7 Gerald Ryan 110
43 5120x5x21x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 99
44 312×7 RIGHTEOUS MATE (NZ) G 3 Mark Newnham 68
45 0x274088x2 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 104
46 x454282x06 SEABURGE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
47 641454x12x SENSE OF OCCASION G 6 Kris Lees 103
48 2x145x227x SINGING (FR) H 7 Kris Lees 97
49 x402211Fx7 SINGLE GAZE M 4 Nick Olive 103
50 x165344x40 SO SI BON C 3 Robbie Laing 78
51 x121x090x7 SOFIA ROSA (NZ) M 4 Stephen Marsh 104
52 21x13433x SPECTROSCOPE (USA) H 4 John O’Shea 81
53 33×8502111 STRATUM STAR H 5 Darren Weir 111
54 13061x00x5 TAVAGO (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 105
55 212x6145x3 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott
56 50×2152427 TOO GOOD TO REFUSE H 4 Desleigh Forster 95
57 x51709x4x2 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 110
58 49x549169x VANBRUGH H 4 Chris Waller 103
59 x6527255x3 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 108
60 11x1111x11 WINX M 5 Chris Waller 132
61 515x0560x2 ZANBAGH M 6 John P Thompson 99

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