Winx Stakes

The 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.

2021 Winx Stakes Results

  • 1st: #11 Mo'unga
  • 2nd: #12 Verry Elleegant
  • 3rd: #13 She's Ideel



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 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.

The 2021 Winx Stakes ran at Randwick on Saturday August 21, 2021 and was won in a fighting finish by Mo’unga first-up. 

Winx Stakes
Date: Saturday August 21, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000
Inaugurated: 1923

2021 Winx Stakes Results

  • 1st: #11 Mo’unga
  • 2nd: #12 Verry Elleegant
  • 3rd: #13 She’s Ideel

Annabel Neasham’s returning Rosehill Guineas winner Mo’unga ($11) was excellent first-up at double-figures holding off last year’s winner, eight-time Group 1 winning mare Verry Elleegant ($4.20) in a thrilling late finish to the Winx Stakes 2021 results.

The race was marred by the breaking down of the ill-fated Brandenburg.

Click here to read more on the gutsy win by Mo’unga in the 2021 Winx Stakes results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 11 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 12 58.5kg $11
2 12 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 0.24L 5 57kg $4.20F
3 13 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 0.31L 14 57kg $51
4 7 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) Matthew Smith Glen Boss 0.37L 4 59kg $41
5 3 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 0.48L 7 59kg $6.50
6 2 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker James Innes Jnr 0.66L 2 59kg $7.50
7 5 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 1.76L 6 59kg $14
8 14 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 1.8L 3 56.5kg $14
9 1 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 1.83L 10 59kg $6.50
10 8 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Regan Bayliss 2.5L 8 59kg $61
11 4 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Andrew Adkins 3.33L 11 59kg $19
12 10 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 3.39L 1 59kg $18
13 6 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Jay Ford 4.98L 9 59kg $26
LR 9 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Ms Rachel King 13 59kg $21

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Winx Stakes Odds

The latest Winx Stakes 2021 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the race formerly known as the Warwick Stakes will be provided below once open.

2021 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 2021 final field and barriers will be made available below once announced.

A star-studded line-up of 14 spring stars does battle in the Winx Stakes 2021 field including Chris Waller’s defending champion Verry Elleegant drawn well in gate five first-up.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2021 Winx Stakes field and betting markets.

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

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Winx Stakes Nominations

The Winx Stakes 2021 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.

Trainer Chris Waller chases his seventh success in Saturday’s Winx Stakes 2021 headlining the nominations with five nominations led by last year’s champion Verry Elleegant.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4117x3112x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 1 57kg 122
2 10x22501x5 KOLDING (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 2 59kg 116
3 5103x1214x THINK IT OVER G 6 Kerry Parker 3= 59kg 114
4 561x12454x COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 3= 57kg 114
5 0825x3413x CASCADIAN (GB) G 7 James Cummings 5 59kg 112
6 0x017x528x DREAMFORCE G 9 John Thompson 6 59kg 111
7 4303x2007x IMAGING (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 7= 59kg 107
8 095x41690x STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 7= 59kg 107
9 117x32107x MO’UNGA (NZ) H 4 Annabel Neasham 7= 58.5kg 107
10 227x78111x HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 10 56.5kg 106
11 04654x300x KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 11= 59kg 105
12 04508x663x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 11= 59kg 105
13 876x00134x BRANDENBURG (NZ) G 5 John Sargent 13 59kg 104
14 13x41x211x MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14 59kg 103
15 325x32324x SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 15 57kg 102

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 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
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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