Winx Stakes

The 2019 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.

2019 Winx Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Samadoubt
  • 2nd: #2 Happy Clapper
  • 3rd: #7 Invincible Gem



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 3 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).

The 2019 Winx Stakes was the feature race at Randwick on Saturday August 24, 2019 and was won in a huge upset by $34 outsider Samadoubt. 

Winx Stakes
Date: Saturday August 24, 2019
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000
Inaugurated: 1923

2019 Winx Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Samadoubt
  • 2nd: #2 Happy Clapper
  • 3rd: #7 Invincible Gem

The opening Group 1 race of the new season was won in a huge upset with Samadoubt going all-the-way at $34 odds to be crowned the 2019 Winx Stakes winner. In the first edition of the Winx Stakes run without three-time champion Winx in four years, it was the Bjorn Baker-trained Samadoubt who had the fitness edge over the returning middle-distance stars and stayers including the gallant runner-up Happy Clapper.

Read more on the upset 2019 Winx Stakes win by Samadoubt now.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 6 SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 4 59kg $31
2 2 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Hugh Bowman 0.5L 5 59kg $5.50
3 7 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Ms Rachel King 0.8L 1 57kg $14
4 1 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 0.9L 8 59kg $2.60F
5 5 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 1.7L 2 59kg $17
6 8 UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 1.9L 7 57kg $12
7 4 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Nash Rawiller 2.1L 6 59kg $9.50
8 9 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 3.6L 10 57kg $91
9 10 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 3.8L 3 56.5kg $5
10 3 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Glen Boss 4.6L 9 59kg $21

2019 Winx Stakes Odds

The latest Winx Stakes 2019 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the race formerly known as the Warwick Stakes will be provided below once open.

2019 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 2019 final field and barriers will be made available below once announced.

The 2019 Winx Stakes Field attracted 10 runners with the favourite, Avilius, jumping from barrier 8 with Kerrin McEvoy aboard the Godolphin champ. As expected, Chris Waller has accepted for all four of his runners as he chases his fifth straight win in the race named in honour of his ace mare Winx. The Waller contingent is led by ATC Oaks winner Verry Elleegant who has drawn ideally in barrier three.

Read more on the early Winx Stakes 2019 betting market moves now!

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 140x11511x AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 8 59kg 118
2 3x75x2284x HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Hugh Bowman 5 59kg 117
3 42x28496x3 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Glen Boss 9 59kg 113
4 713211x5Nx BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Nash Rawiller 6 59kg 108
5 11x43236Px KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 2 59kg 105
6 151241915x SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 4 59kg 97
7 45x73810x2 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Ms Rachel King 1 57kg 108
8 138x53403x UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 7 57kg 107
9 63276x059x YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 10 57kg 107
10 3157x2111x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 3 56.5kg 106

2019 Winx Stakes Nominations

The Winx Stakes 2019 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 official 2019 Winx Stakes nominations attracted 14 hopefuls including Cox Plate-bound Avilius who won the Ranvet – Tancred Stakes Group 1 double in Sydney during the autumn and Chris Waller’s returning ATC Oaks winner Verry Elleegant.

Read more on Avilius and the other Winx Stakes 2019 nominations now.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 140x11511x AVILIUS (GB) G 6 James Cummings 1 59kg 118
2 3x75x2284x HAPPY CLAPPER G 9 Patrick Webster 2 59kg 117
3 1x111306x1 ALIZEE M 5 James Cummings 3 57kg 116
4 42x28496x3 LE ROMAIN G 7 Kris Lees 4 59kg 113
5 x621x8132x DREAMFORCE G 7 John Thompson 5 59kg 110
6 713211x5Nx BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 6 James Cummings 6= 59kg 108
7 45x73810x2 INVINCIBLE GEM M 6 Kris Lees 6= 57kg 108
8 138x53403x UNFORGOTTEN M 5 Chris Waller 8= 57kg 107
9 63276x059x YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller 8= 57kg 107
10 3157x2111x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 10 56.5kg 106
11 11x43236Px KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 11 59kg 105
12 154x17x163 SESAR H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 12 58.5kg 100
13 151241915x SAMADOUBT G 6 Bjorn Baker 13 59kg 97
14 x304319x36 GALA MOSHEA M 6 Brett Conlon 14 57kg 68

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.

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
2019
Warwick Stakes
1st Samadoubt 1 minute 21.05 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd Invincible Gem
2018
Warwick 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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