Winx Stakes

The 2020 Winx Stakes (1400m) is a Group 1 event held at Royal Randwick Racecourse each August recently upgraded and renamed in honour of the world's best mare from the Warwick Stakes.

2020 Winx Stakes Results

  • 1st: #12 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #9 Star Of The Seas
  • 3rd: #4 Fierce Impact



The Winx Stakes – formerly the Warwick Stakes – is one of the country’s newest Group 1 races upgraded from its previous Group 2 status for the first time in 2018 and renamed in honour of the world’s best mare – Winx.

The Royal Randwick race is held at the very start of the esteemed Sydney Spring Racing Carnival giving Sydney bragging rights to the opening Group 1 race of the spring since the upgrade. The feature event of Winx Stakes Day, the race is run over 1400m under weight-for-age conditions and the prize money was doubled from $250,000 to $500,000 for the first time in 2018.

Runners in the Winx Stakes may have previously competed in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1100m), another weight-for-age event at Randwick two weeks prior. So, it is always a good tip to watch for the dominant horses in these earlier weight-for-age events as an indication for your Warwick Stakes bets.

The race’s now namesake Winx won the race first-up in 2016, again in 2017 and then became a three-time champion of the event in 2018 shortly before she retired from racing.

Winx Stakes entries may progress on to the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) in two weeks’ time if they are looking for a middle distance WFA event, the double completed by Winx in 2017.

The Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m WFA) in September is also an option for Winx Stakes graduates and Winx won both races three times on the trot from 2016-18. The Warwick Stakes / George Main Stakes is a popular betting double at the carnival and other horses to claim victory in both races include Lonhro (2003) and Defier (2002).

Trainer Chris Waller of Winx fame has dominated the Winx Stakes results winning the event formerly known as the Warwick Stakes for a record sixth time in 2020 with his classy mare Verry Elleegant.

The 2020 Winx Stakes ran at Randwick on Saturday August 22, 2020 and saw Chris Waller win for the sixth time thanks to a gutsy victory by Verry Elleegant. 

Winx Stakes
Date: Saturday August 22, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000
Inaugurated: 1923

2020 Winx Stakes Results

  • 1st: #12 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #9 Star Of The Seas
  • 3rd: #4 Fierce Impact

Chris Waller continued his domination over the Winx Stakes results in 2020 with his returning Tancred Stakes winning mare Verry Elleegant ($7.50) digging deep to fight back and defeat her second-placed Doncaster Mile stablemate Star Of The Seas ($31) for the win.

Click here to read more on Waller’s sixth victory in the 2020 Winx Stakes results by the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup nominated Verry Elleegant.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 12 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 9 57kg $7.50
2 9 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 0.1L 13 59kg $31
3 4 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Jason Collett 0.4L 3 59kg $15
4 6 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 0.5L 15 59kg $31
5 14 CON TE PARTIRO (USA) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.2L 2 57kg $6EF
6 8 NICCANOVA Steve Tregea Regan Bayliss 3.7L 7 59kg $18
7 2 THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) Tony Pike Jay Ford 3.8L 1 59kg $6.50
8 18e ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Koby Jennings 4.7L 6 58.5kg $31
9 15 FLIT James Cummings Glyn Schofield 5.2L 4 56.5kg $19
10 11 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Ms Rachel King 5.3L 11 58.5kg $17
11 13 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 5.7L 5 57kg $14
12 7 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 6.7L 10 59kg $6EF
13 5 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 6.9L 16 59kg $21
14 10 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 15L 12 59kg $61
15 1 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Brenton Avdulla 16.8L 14 59kg $11
16 17e WOLFE (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 17.5L 8 59kg $151
3 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Robbie Dolan 0
16 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Glen Boss 0

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Winx Stakes Odds

The latest Winx Stakes 2020 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the race formerly known as the Warwick Stakes will be provided below once open.

2020 Winx Stakes Field

The Winx Stakes field attracts a line-up of smart Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival middle-distance hopefuls, many kicking off their campaigns with an eye on other upcoming Group 1 events including the George Main Stakes.

Formerly the Warwick Stakes field, the race is now run as a Group 1 and known as the Winx Stakes with final acceptances closing the Wednesday of race week.

The official Winx Stakes 2020 final field and barriers will be made available below once announced.

The 2020 Winx Stakes field features a star-studded line-up of 16 plus two emergencies led in betting by the young Chris Waller-trained Group 1 winner Funstar drawn well in gate three. Waller has four other starters including Cups-bound Verry Elleegant (10).

Multiple Group 1 winning Kiwi and first-up specialist The Bostonian gets the rails run from gate one, while Caulfield Cup favourite Master Of Wine resumes here from gate 11.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2020 Winx Stakes field and betting markets.

Update: One-time favourite Funstar has been withdrawn from the Winx Stakes in favour of a run over shorter earlier on the card in the Group 3 Show County Quality.

First emergency, Wolfe, gains a start in the race joining the fellow Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Group 1 winning mare Con Te Partiro but is a triple-figure outsider in betting.

Race Day Scratching: #3 Avilius (13) is out with Godolphin opting to save last year’s beaten favourite for a first-up run in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) in two weeks.

Read more: Full 2020 Winx Stakes Day Scratchings & Track Report.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1205x2810x DREAMFORCE John Thompson Brenton Avdulla 16 59kg 116
2 0x9358x12x THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) Tony Pike Jay Ford 1 59kg 116
3 147x54533x AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Robbie Dolan 13 59kg 114
4 x211x2348x FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Jason Collett 4 59kg 112
5 111x45778x KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 18 59kg 110
6 x20x8100x3 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 17 59kg 108
7 x2311x114x MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 11 59kg 108
8 81412×2322 NICCANOVA Steve Tregea Regan Bayliss 8 59kg 107
9 9393x1720x STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 15 59kg 107
10 x3121x140x QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 14 59kg 106
11 122x13437x BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Ms Rachel King 12 58.5kg 106
12 410x42212x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 10 57kg 116
13 112x3346x6 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 6 57kg 115
14 x405x6161x CON TE PARTIRO (USA) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2 57kg 113
15 914x1602x2 FLIT James Cummings Glyn Schofield 5 56.5kg 107
16 x211x2142x FUNSTAR Chris Waller Glen Boss 3 56.5kg 106
17e 185310x39x WOLFE (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  TBA 9 59kg 99
18e 26x1122x ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Koby Jennings 7 58.5kg 96

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Winx Stakes Nominations

The Winx Stakes 2020 Nominations close the Monday leading-up to the opening Group 1 race of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the full list of early entries contesting the race formerly known as the Warwick Stakes to be published below.

The 2020 Winx Stakes nominations attracted 20 hopefuls including the current Caulfield Cup favourite Master Of Wine and six for five-time winning trainer Chris Waller led by gun mare Verry Elleegant.

Click here to read more on the key 2020 Winx Stakes nominations.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 147x54533x AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 114
2 122x13437x BRANDENBURG (NZ) H 4 John Sargent 106
3 x405x6161x CON TE PARTIRO (USA) M 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 113
4 1205x2810x DREAMFORCE G 8 John Thompson 116
5 x211x2348x FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 112
6 914x1602x2 FLIT M 4 James Cummings 107
7 x211x2142x FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller 106
8 x20x8100x3 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 108
9 111x45778x KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 110
10 x2311x114x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
11 112x3346x6 MELODY BELLE (NZ) M 6 Jamie Richards 115
12 6101x300x5 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 110
13 81412×2322 NICCANOVA G 7 Steve Tregea 108
14 116162x PRAGUE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 90
15 x3121x140x QUACKERJACK G 5 Mark Newnham 106
16 9393x1720x STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 107
17 0x9358x12x THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) G 6 Tony Pike 116
18 410x42212x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 116
19 185310x39x WOLFE (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 99
20 26x1122x ZEBROWSKI (NZ) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 96

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Warwick Stakes / Winx Stakes History

The Winx Stakes (formerly the Warwick Stakes) has a long and rich history dating back to its inaugural race in 1923 when Sunburst won. It started out as a principal race run over seven furlongs and the distance was converted to 1400m in 1972. Not long after in 1979 the event reached Group 2 status, one year before the mighty Kingston Town won his first of an eventual three successive Warwick Stakes in 1980. For one year in 2001 the race distance was decreased to 1300m and the event was not held in 2007 due to the equine virus.

The Winx Stakes received an upgrade to Group 1 status for the first time in 2018 and was also renamed in honour of the 2016-18 winner, champion mare Winx.

Winx Stakes history continued for Chris Waller in 2020 with the master horseman winning for the sixth time as Verry Elleegant beat home stablemate Star Of The Seas in a thrilling photo finish.

Many quality horses have graced the Warwick Stakes and notable winners include Winx (2016-18), Racing To Win (2008), Lonhro (2003 & 2001), Sunline (1991), Super Impose (1991 & 1990) and Groucho (1989).

Warwick Stakes / Winx Stakes Records
Most Successful Horse: Kingston Town won three successive Warwick Stakes in 1980, 1981 and 1982. He was ridden by jockey M. Johnston for all three victories; Johnston is the only hoop to win three Warwick Stakes in a row. Winx emulated that feat with three straight wins from 2016-18. She won the event in 2016 and 2017 when it ran as the Warwick Stakes before her third victory in 2018 in the race then renamed in her honour.
Most Successful Jockey: D. Munro won an incredible six Warwick Stakes with Rogilla (1935), Allunga (1937), Beaulivre (1940), Katanga (1943), Removal (1945) and Tarien (1954).
Multiple Winners: Johnnie Jason (1931 & 1932), Chatham (1933 & 1934), San Domenico (1949 & 1950), Tarien (1953 & 1954), Sky High (1961 & 1962), Gay Gauntlet (1965 & 1967), Super Impose (1990 & 1991), Filante (1996 & 1997), Lonhro (2001 & 2003), Pinwheel (2011-12), Winx (2016-17) and of course Kingston Town (1980 – 1982).
Heaviest Weighted Victor (since 1970): Racing To Win (2008) with 59.0kg
Lightest Weighted Victor (since 1970): Silver Shadow (1975) with 47.5kg

Recent Winx Stakes / Warwick Stakes Winners

The official list of Warwick Stakes / Winx Stakes winners and placegetters dating back to 2000 can be found below.

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Winx Stakes
1st Verry Elleegant 1 minute 23.26 seconds
2nd Star Of The Seas
3rd Fierce Impact
2019
Winx Stakes
1st Samadoubt 1 minute 21.05 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd Invincible Gem
2018
Winx Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 22.5 seconds
2nd Invictus Prince
3rd D’Argento
2017
Warwick Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 21.8 seconds
2nd Foxplay
3rd Ecuador
2016
Warwick Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 23.83 seconds
2nd Hartnell
3rd Rebel Dane
2015
Warwick Stakes
1st Royal Descent 1 minute 21.57 seconds
2nd Pornichet
3rd Messene
2014
Warwick Stakes
1st Tiger Tees 1 minute 27.73 seconds
2nd Royal Descent
3rd Criterion
2013
Warwick Stakes
1st Veyron 1 minute 21.55 seconds
2nd Streama
3rd Rain Affair
2012
Warwick Stakes
1st Pinwheel 1 minute 22.59 seconds
2nd Secret Admirer
3rd Danleigh
2011
Warwick Stakes
1st Pinwheel 1 minute 25.86 seconds
2nd Ilovethiscity
3rd Startsmeup
2010
Warwick Stakes
1st Metal Bender 1 minute 24.2 seconds
2nd Triple Honour
3rd Danleigh
2009
Warwick Stakes
1st Trusting 1 minute 21.5 seconds
2nd O’lonhro
3rd Mr Baritone
2008
Warwick Stakes
1st Racing To Win 1 minute 24.5 seconds
2nd Gallant Tess
3rd Danzippo
2007
Warwick Stakes
Race Not Held  
2006
Warwick Stakes
1st Courts In Session 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Racing To Win
3rd Desert War
2005
Warwick Stakes
1st Sir Dex 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Dizelle
3rd Sportsman
2004
Warwick Stakes
1st Private Steer 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd So Assertive
3rd Niello
2003
Warwick Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 24.3 seconds
2nd Clanalang
3rd Defier
2002
Warwick Stakes
1st Defier 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Lonhro
3rd Republic Lass
2001
Warwick Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 17.3 seconds
2nd Diamond Dane
3rd Shogun Lodge
2000
Warwick Stakes
1st Al Mansour 1 minute 14.7 seconds
2nd Hire
3rd Celestial Choir

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