Winx Stakes

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

2023 Winx Stakes Results

  • 1st: #13 Fangirl
  • 2nd: #15 Princess Grace
  • 3rd: #2 Zaaki



The Winx Stakes – formerly the Warwick Stakes – is now a Group 1 race after being 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 is currently set at $1,000,000 as of 2023.

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) previously held 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).

In 2023 the George Main Stakes moved to October on The Everest Day and was renamed the King Charles III Stakes.

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 who went on to win that year’s Caulfield Cup.

Waller and Verry Elleegant narrowly missed out on another win in 2021 finishing second to Mo’unga. Verry Elleegant went on to the 2021 Melbourne Cup that spring.

The 2022 Winx Stakes form was franked with the winner Anamoe going on to win three straight Group 1 races that spring including the Ladbrokes Cox Plate. Anamoe also returned in the autumn of 2023 completing the Group 1 Chipping Norton – George Ryder Stakes double.

Waller enjoyed his record seventh Winx Stakes win in 2022 with the previous year’s runner-up Fangirl.

The 2023 Winx Stakes ran at Randwick on Saturday August 19, 2023 offering $1 million in stakes for the first time and was won by the Chris Waller-trained Fangirl ($5) first-up who atoned for her second to Anamoe in 2022. 

Winx Stakes
Date: Saturday August 19, 2023
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Inaugurated: 1923

2023 Winx Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Fangirl ($5)
  • 2nd: #15 Princess Grace
  • 3rd: #2 Zaaki

Fangirl ($5) shrugged off her bridesmaid status relishing the retirement of Anamoe to celebrate her second Group 1 success with a narrow but impressive first-up win out wide in the 2023 Winx Stakes results for her now 150-time Group 1 winning trainer Chris Waller.

Click here to read more on the 2023 Winx Stakes win by Fangirl.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 13 FANGIRL Chris Waller James McDonald 11 57kg $5
2 15 PRINCESS GRACE (USA) Chris Waller Brett Prebble 0.3L 1 57kg $21
3 2 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 0.48L 8 59kg $4.80F
4 16 HINGED Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 1.01L 5 57kg $12
5 8 OSIPENKO (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 1.24L 17 58.5kg $21
6 1 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 1.46L 7 59kg $11
7 11 DUAIS Edward Cummings Jason Collett 1.77L 9 57kg $41
8 12 MONTEFILIA Chris Waller Dylan Gibbons (a) 2.21L 15 57kg $21
9 17e KING COLORADO Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Louise Day 2.39L 3 50.5kg $14
10 5 FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 3.12L 6 59kg $101
11 6 COMMUNIST Michael Freedman Tyler Schiller 4.56L 14 58.5kg $26
12 9 LINDERMANN Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 4.97L 18 58.5kg $14
13 18e NAVAJO PEAK David Payne Joshua Parr 5.3L 12 59kg $71
14 10 MAJOR BEEL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5.67L 10 58.5kg $26
15 7 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings Chad Schofield 6.41L 2 58.5kg $12
16 3 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Sam Clipperton 7.22L 16 59kg $9
19e ATTRITION Mitchell Freedman 0
14 GOING GLOBAL (IRE) Chris Waller Regan Bayliss 0
4 ARAPAHO (FR) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Winx Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Winx Stakes 2023 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the race formerly known as the Warwick Stakes will be provided below once open.

Anamoe ($2.50 in 2022) was the last favourite in Winx Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 WINX STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2023 Winx Stakes Form

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2023 WINX STAKES FORM GUIDE

2023 Winx Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Winx Stakes Tips on the opening Group 1 race of the spring.

  • To Win: #1 Think It Over ($11 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Outstanding edition of the Winx Stakes with plenty of stars resuming as live wire chances for the win, but for value Think It Over at double figures is hard to go past. Kerry Parker’s evergreen eight-year-old loves this track (19:8-2-3) and has an imposing 50% winning strike-rate fresh (8:4-2-0). He races for the first time since beating Zaaki home in the mud in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) back in April of 2022 and makes his much-awaited return to racing here. No doubt he’ll be better over further getting back into the swing of things, but the 1400m first-up also suits. He won the Group 2 Apollo Stakes at this track and distance by nearly three lengths first-up last time in. Was sixth in the Winx Stakes back in 2021 only 0.66 lengths beaten. Has been the picture of consistency at the highest level prior to his lengthy let-off and plenty suggests he can win here.

2023 Winx Stakes Field

The Winx Stakes field attracts a line-up of smart Sydney Spring Racing Carnival middle-distance hopefuls, many kicking off their campaigns with an eye on other upcoming Group 1 events including the King Charles III Stakes (formerly 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 2023 final field and barriers will be made available below once announced.

The 2023 Winx Stakes final field features a star-studded line-up of resuming stars including Annabel Neasham’s star nine-year-old Zaaki resuming in gate eight, last year’s runner-up Fangirl chasing her first victory since the 2022 Vinery Stud Stakes, and the Kerry Parker-trained Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner from 2022 Think It Over.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2023 Winx Stakes field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111x14241x THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 7 59kg 120
2 13341x217x ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 8 59kg 117
3 2852x5332x MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Sam Clipperton 16 59kg 113
4 820x77114x ARAPAHO (FR) Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 19 59kg 112
5 611232821x FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 6 59kg 106
6 122x37160x COMMUNIST Michael Freedman Tyler Schiller 14 58.5kg 104
7 411x2400x9 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings Chad Schofield 2 58.5kg 104
8 x73x51761x OSIPENKO (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 17 58.5kg 103
9 292x51210x LINDERMANN Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 18 58.5kg 102
10 236x11421x MAJOR BEEL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 10 58.5kg 102
11 x06880x43x DUAIS Edward Cummings Jason Collett 9 57kg 113
12 4340x5229x MONTEFILIA Chris Waller Dylan Gibbons (a) 15 57kg 113
13 2562x3227x FANGIRL Chris Waller James McDonald 11 57kg 112
14 x13x121x0x GOING GLOBAL (IRE) Chris Waller Regan Bayliss 13 57kg 111
15 x71223x31x PRINCESS GRACE (USA) Chris Waller Brett Prebble 1 57kg 110
16 358x26844x HINGED Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5 57kg 109
17e 411x KING COLORADO Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 50.5kg 96
18e 21x421222x NAVAJO PEAK David Payne Joshua Parr 12 59kg 95
19e 33x1152x ATTRITION Mitchell Freedman 4 58.5kg 95

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Winx Stakes Nominations

The Winx Stakes 2023 Nominations close the Monday leading-up to the opening Group 1 race of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the full list of early entries contesting the race formerly known as the Warwick Stakes to be published below.

The 2023 Winx Stakes nominations have drawn a bumper line-up of Group 1 spring-bound stars including 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes champ Think It Over, Annabel Neasham’s dual Mackinnon Stakes winner Zaaki, his classy stablemate Mo’unga who won this race back in 2021, and nine from the star stables of Chris Waller including the former David Payne-trained Montefilia preparing to have her first run for her new trainer.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111x14241x THINK IT OVER G 8 Kerry Parker 1 59kg 120
2 13341x217x ZAAKI (GB) G 9 Annabel Neasham 2 59kg 117
3 2852x5332x MO’UNGA (NZ) H 6 Annabel Neasham 3= 59kg 113
4 x06880x43x DUAIS M 6 Edward Cummings 3= 57kg 113
5 4340x5229x MONTEFILIA M 6 Chris Waller 3= 57kg 113
6 820x77114x ARAPAHO (FR) G 7 Bjorn Baker 6= 59kg 112
7 2562x3227x FANGIRL M 5 Chris Waller 6= 57kg 112
8 x13x121x0x GOING GLOBAL (IRE) M 6 Chris Waller 8 57kg 111
9 x71223x31x PRINCESS GRACE (USA) M 7 Chris Waller 9 57kg 110
10 3x16x6026x MY OBERON (IRE) G 7 Annabel Neasham 10= 59kg 109
11 358x26844x HINGED M 5 Chris Waller 10= 57kg 109
12 200x34104x BANDERSNATCH G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 12 59kg 108
13 611232821x FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 13 59kg 106
14 1113×00911 UCALLEDIT (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees 14 59kg 105
15 122x37160x COMMUNIST G 4 Michael Freedman 15= 58.5kg 104
16 411x2400x9 GOLDEN MILE H 4 James Cummings 15= 58.5kg 104
17 13011x MILITARIZE (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 15= 50.5kg 104
18 x73x51761x OSIPENKO (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 18 58.5kg 103
19 292x51210x LINDERMANN H 4 Chris Waller 19= 58.5kg 102
20 236x11421x MAJOR BEEL (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 19= 58.5kg 102
21 411x KING COLORADO C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 21 50.5kg 96
22 21x421222x NAVAJO PEAK G 5 David Payne 22= 59kg 95
23 33x1152x ATTRITION H 4 Mitchell Freedman 22= 58.5kg 95

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.

Verry Elleegant returned to run second as the beaten favourite behind Mo’unga in 2021 in a race marred by the fatal fall of Brandenburg.

Many quality horses have graced the Winx Stakes and notable winners include Anamoe (2022), 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 place-getters dating back to 2000 can be found below.

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Winx Stakes
1st Fangirl 1 minute 24.11 seconds
2nd Princess Grace
3rd Zaaki
2022
Winx Stakes
1st Anamoe 1 minute 24.23 seconds
2nd Fangirl
3rd Profondo
2021
Winx Stakes
1st Mo’unga 1 minute 22.12 seconds
2nd Verry Elleegant
3rd She’s Ideel
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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