Waller Dominates 2020 Winx Stakes Field & Betting

August 19, 2020

Waller Dominates 2020 Winx Stakes Field & Betting

Five-time winning trainer Chris Waller is in with a huge chance to secure a record sixth win in the Winx Stakes 2020 on Saturday with the master horseman saddling-up five runners including two of the top fancies in betting Funstar and Verry Elleegant.

Funstar Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Chris Waller’s classy mare Funstar runs favourite first-up in the 2020 Winx Stakes on Saturday in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

Waller has dominated the results of the now Group 1 $500,000 Winx Stakes (1400m), the weight-for-age Randwick feature formerly run as the Group 2 Warwick Stakes.

He prepared Metal Bender to victory in 2010, Royal Descent in 2015 and then celebrated a three-peat with the event’s now namesake Winx (2016-18) who was also the first winner of the race post its Group 1 upgrade.

It is a star-studded edition of the Winx Stakes on Saturday with the season’s opening elite level drawing a capacity field of 16 plus two emergencies.

Waller is represented by five horses including the current $5.50 favourite Funstar drawn well in gate three with Glen Boss to partner the Group 1 Flight Stakes winning daughter of Adelaide first-up.

Debuting as a four-year-old, Funstar goes well fresh and is a Randwick specialist (6:3-3-0).

She is also a proven mudlark with an outstanding Heavy track record (3:2-1-0) and was last seen running second in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) during ‘The Championships’.

Occupying the third line of Winx Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is Waller’s 2020 Caulfield Cup-bound Verry Elleegant at $7.50.

Jumping from barrier 10 for her campaign kick-off with James McDonald in the saddle, the now five-year-old daughter of Zed is a multiple Group 1 winner most recently in the Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill last March.

Like Funstar, she too was last seen running second in a Group 1 at Randwick when runner-up to Addeybb in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on April 11.

Despite being a genuine stayer, Verry Elleegant also looks well-suited to 1400m first-up and will be finishing strong late on a suitable rain-affected track.

Waller has also accepted for the widely-drawn trio of Imaging ($21), Star Of The Seas ($26) and Kolding ($51) who have all drawn right out in barriers 17, 15 and 18 (excluding emergencies) respectively.

In an open edition of what is shaping-up to be an outstanding start to Group 1 racing for the spring, there are a further three single-figure fancies under $10 in the Winx Stakes odds.

Between the Waller-trained mares at $7 is the second elect Master Of Wine, the Hawkes Racing-trained stayer current favourite in the all-in Caulfield Cup betting markets for October.

Tommy Berry is booked to ride the highly-rated son of Maxios for his spring starting point, the ultra-consistent import having won four straight races before his last start fourth in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Rounding out the hopes under double-figures to win the Winx Stakes in 2020 are the John Thompson-trained market mover Dreamforce ($11 into $8) and Tony Pike’s multiple Group 1 winning Kiwi The Bostonian drawn the rails.

Dreamforce is a class middle-distance performer, the veteran eight-year-old winning the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) back in March, but he failed in the all Aged Stakes next up and has work to do from the wide alley (16).

Runner-up in the George Ryder, The Bostonian is a versatile New Zealand-trained galloper who will relish the track conditions fresh and a first-up specialist (7:6-0-0) representing nice value.

Further adding to the form on The Bostonian is his win in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) in March when defeating Savatiano who won last Saturday’s Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Click here for the latest Winx Stakes 2020 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Winx Stakes Field & Barriers

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

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