Wenona Girl Handicap

The Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap is held each autumn in Sydney on Randwick Guineas Day.

2022 Wenona Girl Handicap Results

  • 1st: #4 Belluci Babe
  • 2nd: #6 Tricky Gal
  • 3rd: #10 Never Talk



The Wenona Girl Handicap is a Group 3 sprint race run in early to mid March during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Contested over 1200m the quality handicap event offers $160,000 in total prize money and is only open to mares aged four-years-old and above.

The Wenona Girl Handicap is one of a host of Group status races run at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Randwick Guineas Day. The meeting is headlined by the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) for three-year-olds and the weight-for-age Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m).

Many mares in the Wenona Girl Handicap field may have had a previous Randwick run in February’s Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m). A nice next-up option is Rosehill’s Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) a fortnight after the Wenona Girl Handicap or possibly the previous week’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m).

The Wenona Girl Handicap 2022 ran at Randwick on Saturday March 5, 2022 and was won by the Bjorn Baker-trained favourite Belluci Babe ($3F). 

2022 Wenona Girl Handicap
Date: Saturday March 5, 2022
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Quality Handicap / Mares 4YO&Up
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2022 Wenona Girl Handicap Results

  • 1st: #4 Belluci Babe ($3F)
  • 2nd: #6 Tricky Gal
  • 3rd: #10 Never Talk
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 BELLUCI BABE (NZ) Bjorn Baker James McDonald 5 55kg $3F
2 6 TRICKY GAL Matthew Smith Regan Bayliss 2.42L 2 54.5kg $7.50
3 10 NEVER TALK Kris Lees Jason Collett 2.64L 3 53.5kg $3.50
4 2 MARBOOSHA Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 2.82L 1 57kg $7
5 11 GEIST James Cummings Tim Clark 4.19L 4 53.5kg $9.50
6 9 MATCHMAKER (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4.74L 8 53.5kg $20
7 5 SEASONS Kylie Gavenlock Andrew Gibbons 8.16L 7 55kg $61
8 12 JOVIALITY Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 11.61L 6 53.5kg $12
3 WANDABAA Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 0
1 FITUESE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 0
7 ZOUSHINE Tony & Calvin McEvoy William Pike 0
8 BONS ABROAD Kevin Corstens Ms Rachel King 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Wenona Girl Handicap Betting Odds

The updated Wenona Girl Handicap 2022 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be updated the week of the race below.

Fasika ($2.30 in 2020) and Belluci Babe ($3 in 2022) are the last favourites in Wenona Girl Handicap betting to salute for the punters.

2022 Wenona Girl Handicap Field

The Wenona Girl Handicap field attracts a strong line-up of quality sprinting mares who could be eyeing tougher runs later in the autumn and is released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday before the race.

The official 2022 Wenona Girl Handicap field and barriers are set to be announced on Wednesday March 2, 2022 and will be published in full below.

  • Scratched: #1 Fituese (7), #3 Wandabaa (8), #7 Zoushine (10), #8 Bons Abroad (2)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 55x1256x40 FITUESE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 7 58kg 100
2 1421x377x4 MARBOOSHA Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 1 57kg 98
3 224x0420x7 WANDABAA Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 8 55.5kg 95
4 3x138x2442 BELLUCI BABE (NZ) Bjorn Baker James McDonald 6 55kg 55.5kg 94
5 0x210x090x SEASONS Kylie Gavenlock Andrew Gibbons 11 55kg 94
6 725x27584x TRICKY GAL Matthew Smith Regan Bayliss 3 54.5kg 93
7 18x19543x1 ZOUSHINE Tony & Calvin McEvoy William Pike 10 54kg 84
8 118x6589x3 BONS ABROAD Kevin Corstens Ms Rachel King 2 54kg 83
9 0x2717x0x6 MATCHMAKER (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 12 53.5kg 88
10 44x09300x3 NEVER TALK Kris Lees Jason Collett 4 53.5kg 87
11 4235x2147x GEIST James Cummings Tim Clark 5 53.5kg 81
12 0x00x09x21 JOVIALITY Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 9 53.5kg 81

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Wenona Girl Nominations

Early nominations on the Wenona Girl Handicap in 2022 will be provided below once announced by Racing NSW on the Monday ahead of the race.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 349x1541x3 ELECTRIC GIRL M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 1 59kg 59kg 103
2 55x1256x40 FITUESE M 5 John Thompson 2 57.5kg 57.5kg 100
3 1421x377x4 MARBOOSHA M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 3 56.5kg 56.5kg 98
4 1235x1114x SIRILEO MISS M 4 Symon Wilde 4= 55kg 55kg 95
5 224x0420x7 WANDABAA M 5 Kris Lees 4= 55kg 55kg 95
6 3x138x2442 BELLUCI BABE (NZ) M 5 Bjorn Baker 6= 54.5kg 54.5kg 94
7 1111×6 IT’S ME M 5 Brett Cavanough 6= 54.5kg 54.5kg 94
8 0x210x090x SEASONS M 7 Kylie Gavenlock 6= 54.5kg 54.5kg 94
9 725x27584x TRICKY GAL M 6 Matthew Smith 9 54kg 54kg 93
10 0x2717x0x6 MATCHMAKER (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 10 54kg 53kg 88
11 44x09300x3 NEVER TALK M 4 Kris Lees 11 54kg 53kg 87
12 18x19543x1 ZOUSHINE M 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 12 54kg 53kg 84
13 118x6589x3 BONS ABROAD M 5 Kevin Corstens 13 54kg 53kg 83
14 4235x2147x GEIST M 4 James Cummings 14= 54kg 53kg 81
15 0x00x09x21 JOVIALITY M 4 Chris Waller 14= 54kg 53kg 81

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Wenona Girl Handicap History

The Wenona Girl Handicap was first contested in 2006 and won by a mare called Wonderer. Over its short history the event has run at both Randwick Racecourse and Warwick Farm Racecourse. The race is named in honour of Wenona Girl who is in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and won a host of majors during the 1960s including the Rosehill Guineas (1960) and CF Orr Stakes (1962).

Starting out as a Listed race it gained Group 3 status in 2014 and in 2014 was run as the Roy Higgins Tribute Quality honouring champion jockey Roy Higgins (1938-2014) who died the week of the race.

Quality mares including Beaded (2010), Griante (2015) and Savoureux (2016) have won the Wenona Girl Handicap over the past decade.

Recent Wenona Girl Handicap Winners

See below for the full list of Wenona Girl Handicap results and winners going back to its inauguration in 2006.

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Belluci Babe 1 minute 12.97 seconds
2nd Tricky Gal
3rd Never Talk
2021
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Vulpine 1 minute 08.10 seconds
2nd Seasons
3rd Emanate
2020
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Fasika 1 minute 09.94 seconds
2nd I Am Excited
3rd Resin
2019
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Winter Bride 1 minute 07.73 seconds
2nd Spright
3rd Resin
2018
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Sugar Bella 1 minute 08.85 seconds
2nd Miss Que
3rd Perizada
2017
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Rocket Commander 1 minute 13.87 seconds
2nd Hieroglyphics
3rd Zestful
2016
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Savoureux 1 minute 09.5 seconds
2nd Private Secretary
3rd Flashing Speed
2015
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Griante 1 minute 08.6 seconds
2nd I Love It
3rd Slots
2014
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st A Time For Julia 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Lilliburlero
3rd Recoinage
2013
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Choice Words (note: Arinosa disqualified) 1 minute 09.6 seconds
2nd Ladys Angel
3rd Cathay Lady
2012
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Rose Of Peace 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Quidnunc
3rd Alberton Park
2011
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Ofcourseican 1 minute 8.9 seconds
2nd Flying Success
3rd Trim
2010
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Beaded 1 minute 9.10 seconds
2nd Alverta
3rd Illuminates
2009
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Belong To Many 1 minute 10.53 seconds
2nd Espurante
3rd Ugly Betty
2008
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Litter 1 minute 11.05 seconds
2nd Danasierra
3rd A Country Girl
2007
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Kakakakatie 1 minute 9.94 seconds
2nd Aunty Betty
3rd Storm Alert
2006
Wenona Girl Handicap
1st Wonderer 1 minute 10.91 seconds
2nd Radio Song
3rd One In A Million

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