Verry Elleegant Heads 2021 Winx Stakes Field & Odds

August 20, 2021

Verry Elleegant Heads 2021 Winx Stakes Field & Odds

Chris Waller’s returning star Verry Elleegant is tipped for a successful title defence first-up in the Winx Stakes 2021 this Saturday against a class line-up of rivals at Royal Randwick.

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

Last year’s champion Verry Elleegant is back looking to hand trainer Chris Waller his seventh success in Saturday’s 2021 Winx Stakes in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

Elite level racing for the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival gets underway this weekend in the form of the Group 1 $500,000 Winx Stakes (1400m) and it looks an outstanding edition of the weight-for-age feature.

After a failed ninth in 2019, Waller’s Zed mare Verry Elleegant returned in last year’s Winx Stakes to claim a narrow first-up victory.

She went on to have an outstanding spring headlined by her Group 1 Caulfield Cup success, and was equally as impressive this last campaign during the autumn taking out the Chipping Norton – Ranvet Stakes double.

Last seen running second to Addeybb in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in April, Verry Elleegant looked good in a late July trial performance and has drawn a treat in gate five first-up with James McDonald back in the saddle.

Waller chases his seventh Winx Stakes victory and his sixth in seven years as Verry Elleegant looks to go back-to-back in same vein of the stable’s three-time hero Winx (2016-18).

Verry Elleegant sits top of the latest Winx Stakes odds at $2.90 through Ladbrokes.com.au and is joined in the line-up by four of her stablemates including the $5.50 second-elect Kolding.

The now six-year-old son of Ocean Park won the inaugural $7.5 million Golden Eagle winner as a four-year-old and continues to race in strong form having secured his third Group 1 success in the autumn’s All Aged Stakes at this track and distance.

He has the fitness edge in the Winx Stakes racing second-up having run under one and a half-lengths back fifth fresh to Phobetor in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) on August 7.

Better suited to the 1400m, Kolding looks a genuine second-up shot here with Tim Clark taking over for McDonald in the saddle.

The other Waller-trained hopefuls in this season’s Winx Stakes field are Imaging ($20), Star Of The Seas ($26) and the ultra-consistent Hungry Heart ($17).

Frankel mare Hungry Heart makes her four-year-old debut on Saturday and looks overs at her current price having secured three wins on the trot last time in including her last start Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) victory.

Outside of the dominant Waller duo there are a further two other single-figure hopefuls in Winx Stakes betting with the Annabel Neasham-trained Mo’unga ($8) and Think It Over ($8.50) drawn barriers 12 and two respectively.

Tommy Berry rides four-year-old Savabeel entire Mo’unga again after the pair ran last (seventh) but only two and a half lengths beaten in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes during ‘The Championships’.

It was a disappointing end to the autumn for the young horse who claimed victory in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and who has a strong record both fresh (3:2-0-1) and over the 1400m distance of the Winx Stakes (3:2-0-1).

Think It Over is also first-up on the weekend, Kerry Parker’s So You Think six-year-old ready to fire fresh after two good lead-up trials at Kembla Grange.

He claimed victory in Rosehill’s Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at blowout odds in late March before an eye-catching fourth at 20/1 in the Queen Elizabeth making him a danger at a good price again here.

The Winx Stakes is set to run as Randwick Race 8 at 3:45pm (AEST) on Saturday and full markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au can be accessed here.

2021 Winx Stakes Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 10x22501x5 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 10 59kg 116
2 5103x1214x THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Brenton Avdulla 2 59kg 114
3 0825x3413x CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 7 59kg 112
4 0x017x528x DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 11 59kg 111
5 4303x2007x IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 6 59kg 107
6 095x41690x STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Jay Ford 9 59kg 107
7 04654x300x KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) Matthew Smith Glen Boss 4 59kg 105
8 04508x663x MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Regan Bayliss 8 59kg 105
9 876x00134x BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Ms Rachel King 13 59kg 104
10 13x41x211x MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 1 59kg 103
11 117x32107x MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 12 58.5kg 107
12 4117x3112x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 5 57kg 122
13 325x32324x SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 14 57kg 102
14 227x78111x HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3 56.5kg 106

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