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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
Winx Stakes News
- 2021 Winx Stakes Day: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report
- Verry Elleegant Heads 2021 Winx Stakes Field & Odds
- 2020 Winx Stakes Results: Verry Elleegant Holds Out Star The Seas in Waller Quinella
- 2020 Winx Stakes Day: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report
- Winx Stakes 2020 Race Day Betting Update: Avilius Scratched, The Bostonian Firm Favourite
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.
|Date:||Saturday August 21, 2021|
|Track:||Royal Randwick Racecourse|
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.
|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.
|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|
|5||0825x3413x||CASCADIAN (GB)||G||7||James Cummings||5||59kg||112|
|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.
|1st||Mo’unga||1 minute 22.12 seconds|
|1st||Verry Elleegant||1 minute 23.26 seconds|
|2nd||Star Of The Seas|
|1st||Samadoubt||1 minute 21.05 seconds|
|1st||Winx||1 minute 22.5 seconds|
|1st||Winx||1 minute 21.8 seconds|
|1st||Winx||1 minute 23.83 seconds|
|1st||Royal Descent||1 minute 21.57 seconds|
|1st||Tiger Tees||1 minute 27.73 seconds|
|1st||Veyron||1 minute 21.55 seconds|
|1st||Pinwheel||1 minute 22.59 seconds|
|1st||Pinwheel||1 minute 25.86 seconds|
|1st||Metal Bender||1 minute 24.2 seconds|
|1st||Trusting||1 minute 21.5 seconds|
|1st||Racing To Win||1 minute 24.5 seconds|
|Race Not Held|
|1st||Courts In Session||1 minute 23.3 seconds|
|2nd||Racing To Win|
|1st||Sir Dex||1 minute 22.8 seconds|
|1st||Private Steer||1 minute 22.7 seconds|
|1st||Lonhro||1 minute 24.3 seconds|
|1st||Defier||1 minute 22.8 seconds|
|1st||Lonhro||1 minute 17.3 seconds|
|1st||Al Mansour||1 minute 14.7 seconds|