Winx Stakes

The 2018 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.



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 and 2017.

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 in both 2016 and 2017. 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).

2018 Warwick Stakes
Date: Saturday August 18, 2018
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000
Inaugurated: 1923

2018 Winx Stakes Odds

The latest Winx Stakes 2018 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the race formerly known as the Warwick Stakes will be provided below once open.

2018 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 2018 final field and barriers will be made available below once announced.

2018 Winx Stakes Nominations

The Winx Stakes 2018 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.

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 2016-17 winner, champion mare Winx.

Many quality horses have graced the Warwick Stakes and notable winners include Winx (2017-17), 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.
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
2018
Warwick Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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