Winx Stakes 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The Winx Stakes has been a gun guide to the George Main Stakes trifecta (now King Charles III Stakes) in recent years.

The Winx Stakes is a Group 1 race run in August during the early stages of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival at Royal Randwick Racecourse and was formerly known as the Group 2 Warwick Stakes up until its upgrade and name change in 2018.

2022 Winx Stakes winner Anamoe

2022 Winx Stakes winner Anamoe (pictured in Melbourne). Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes, Group 3 Show County Quality and Group 3 Toy Show Quality are the key support races on the Winx Stakes Day card.

The weight-for-age feature is named in honour by the champion mare Winx who won the Warwick Stakes in 2016 and 2017 before making it a triple with her 2018 success.

Taking place over 1400m, the Winx Stakes is now also worth $1,000,000 in total prize money having had its stakes doubled in 2018 before a further boost ahead of the 2022 edition and again in 2023.

Many runners resume racing in the Winx Stakes on their way to tougher assignments in the Spring like the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) both also held at Randwick. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 Winx did the Warwick Stakes – George Main Stakes double. Anamoe (2022) was the last horse to do the Winx Stakes – George Main Stakes race double.

The George Main Stakes was renamed the King Charles III Stakes ahead of the 2023 edition and moved from September to take place in October on The Everest Day

Earlier in 2015 Royal Descent won the Warwick Stakes first-up before subsequent seconds in the George Main and the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. She also ran second in the 2014 edition before seconds in the George Main and Epsom Handicap.

In 2020 trainer Chris Waller won the event for a record sixth time with his classy mare Verry Elleegant holding off her stablemate Star Of The Seas in a thrilling photo finish. Verry Elleegant went on to frank the Winx Stakes form winning a host of other Group 1 races including that season’s Caulfield Cup.

Subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant returned in 2021 for a title defence, but had to settle for second behind Mo’unga in a race marred by the fatal fall of Brandenburg.

Waller added to his impressive Winx Stakes record in 2023 saluting for a seventh time with Fangirl improving on her second in the race the year before.

The latest edition of the Winx Stakes took place on Saturday August 19, 2023 and saw trainer Chris Waller win the event for a seventh time with Fangirl ($5) impressive first-up in an improved effort on her second to Anamoe last year.  

Winx Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday August 19, 2023
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 1923

2023 Winx Stakes Results

The full Winx Stakes 2023 Results and Finishing Order will be published below once the new Group 1 Sydney race is run and won on Saturday August 19, 2023.

  • 1st: #13 Fangirl

    2023 Winx Stakes winner Fangirl

    2023 Winx Stakes winner Fangirl enjoyed an Anamoe-free Group 1 win first-up for Waller. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 2nd: #15 Princess Grace
  • 3rd: #2 Zaaki

Fangirl ($5) shrugged off her bridesmaid status relishing the retirement of Anamoe to celebrate her second Group 1 success with a narrow but impressive first-up win out wide in the 2023 Winx Stakes results for her now 150-time Group 1 winning trainer Chris Waller.

Winx Stakes Betting

Betting on the Winx Stakes is led by proven Sydney performers that race well first or second-up, have form around 1400m – 1600m and that have run well in similar or tougher company in recent campaigns.

Fit horses backing-up from a race like the Missile Stakes also run at Randwick Racecourse often feature high up the Winx Stakes odds, as do those that ran top three in the race the previous spring and have held their form over the past 12 months.

Looking for the Chris Waller runners in betting is also favourable as he has won the race seven times most recently in 2020 running the quinella with Verry Elleegant (1st) and Star Of The Seas (2nd), and again in 2023 with Fangirl (2nd) and Princess Grace (3rd). Verry Elleegant meanwhile also returned to run second as the beaten favourite in 2021.

Anamoe ($2.50 in 2022) was the last Winx Stakes favourite to get the job done.

2023 Winx Stakes Odds

The latest Winx Stakes 2023 betting odds on the runners in the one of the country’s more recent Group 1 races, dominated by the now retired Winx from 2016-18, will be provided below once markets open the week of the race.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Winx Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

Winx Stakes Field

The Winx Stakes field attracts middle distance sprinters – milers, the majority of which are just kicking off or in the early stages of their spring campaigns.

If not resuming in the race, runners may come into the Winx Stakes field – formerly the Warwick Stakes field – via a race like Flemington’s Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington earlier in the month. In 2014 Tiger Tees completed the Aurie’s Star – Warwick Stakes double.

Another lead-up race into the race field held in Sydney is the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick a fortnight earlier. The last horse to complete the Missile Stakes – Warwick Stakes double was Pinwheel (2012).

Winx won the race from 2016-18 first-up so looking for resuming horses in the Winx Stakes field, especially those that won a Group 1 the campaign before during the spring, is a good tip.

Mo’unga (2021), Anamoe (2022) and Fangirl (2203) are the latest first-up Winx Stakes winners to claim the race fresh for the spring.

Following a run in the Winx Stakes field horses may return to Randwick in mid-September for a shot at the $1 million 7 Stakes (1600m) held on The Shorts Day for the first time in 2023 in place of the George Main Stakes.

2023 Winx Stakes Field

The official Winx Stakes 2023 final field and barrier draw is announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week with full acceptances to be listed below once released.

The 2023 Winx Stakes final field features a star-studded line-up of resuming stars including Annabel Neasham’s star nine-year-old Zaaki resuming in gate eight, last year’s runner-up Fangirl chasing her first victory since the 2022 Vinery Stud Stakes, and the Kerry Parker-trained Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner from 2022 Think It Over.

2023 Winx Stakes Nominations

The Winx Stakes nominations for 2023 are taken on the Monday leading-up to the race and all the early entries will be announced right here.

The 2023 Winx Stakes nominations have drawn a bumper line-up of Group 1 spring-bound stars including last the 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes champ Think It Over making his much-awaited return, Annabel Neasham’s dual Mackinnon Stakes winner Zaaki, his classy stablemate Mo’unga who won this race back in 2021, and nine from the star stables of Chris Waller including the former David Payne-trained Montefilia preparing to have her first run for her new trainer.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111x14241x THINK IT OVER G 8 Kerry Parker 1 59kg 120
2 13341x217x ZAAKI (GB) G 9 Annabel Neasham 2 59kg 117
3 2852x5332x MO’UNGA (NZ) H 6 Annabel Neasham 3= 59kg 113
4 x06880x43x DUAIS M 6 Edward Cummings 3= 57kg 113
5 4340x5229x MONTEFILIA M 6 Chris Waller 3= 57kg 113
6 820x77114x ARAPAHO (FR) G 7 Bjorn Baker 6= 59kg 112
7 2562x3227x FANGIRL M 5 Chris Waller 6= 57kg 112
8 x13x121x0x GOING GLOBAL (IRE) M 6 Chris Waller 8 57kg 111
9 x71223x31x PRINCESS GRACE (USA) M 7 Chris Waller 9 57kg 110
10 3x16x6026x MY OBERON (IRE) G 7 Annabel Neasham 10= 59kg 109
11 358x26844x HINGED M 5 Chris Waller 10= 57kg 109
12 200x34104x BANDERSNATCH G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 12 59kg 108
13 611232821x FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 13 59kg 106
14 1113×00911 UCALLEDIT (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees 14 59kg 105
15 122x37160x COMMUNIST G 4 Michael Freedman 15= 58.5kg 104
16 411x2400x9 GOLDEN MILE H 4 James Cummings 15= 58.5kg 104
17 13011x MILITARIZE (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 15= 50.5kg 104
18 x73x51761x OSIPENKO (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 18 58.5kg 103
19 292x51210x LINDERMANN H 4 Chris Waller 19= 58.5kg 102
20 236x11421x MAJOR BEEL (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 19= 58.5kg 102
21 411x KING COLORADO C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 21 50.5kg 96
22 21x421222x NAVAJO PEAK G 5 David Payne 22= 59kg 95
23 33x1152x ATTRITION H 4 Mitchell Freedman 22= 58.5kg 95

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Winx Stakes Tips

Good Winx Stakes tips including looking at past performers in the race that are still running well, horses with a nice Randwick race record and Group 1 runners heading into races like the King Charles III Stakes (formerly the George Main Stakes) later in the spring.

With a recent upgrade to Group 1 status and boosted prize money, the Winx Stakes tips are likely to be dominated by proven Group 1 horses with strong form in similar class races from the autumn carnival earlier in the year or any horses finishing-up a winter prep chasing a shot at elite level success.

Chris Waller-trained mares have a gun recent record in the race so also make a good Winx Stakes betting tip if presenting in the right form and race fitness with Fangirl (2023) the latest to win for the stable improving on her second the year before.

2023 Winx Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Winx Stakes 2023 tips and Group 1 Randwick racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the weight-for-age spring gallopers to back and sack.

  • To Win: #1 Think It Over ($11 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Outstanding edition of the Winx Stakes with plenty of stars resuming as live wire chances for the win, but for value Think It Over at close to double figures is hard to go past. Kerry Parker’s evergreen eight-year-old loves this track (19:8-2-3) and has an imposing 50% winning strike-rate fresh (8:4-2-0). He races for the first time since beating Zaaki home in the mud in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) back in April of 2022 and makes his much-awaited return to racing here. No doubt he’ll be better over further getting back into the swing of things, but the 1400m first-up also suits. He won the Group 2 Apollo Stakes at this track and distance by nearly three lengths first-up last time in. Was sixth in the Winx Stakes back in 2021 only 0.66 lengths beaten. Has been the picture of consistency at the highest level prior to his lengthy let-off and plenty suggests he can win here.

Winx Stakes Form Guide

The Winx Stakes form guide features all the must-know information like the jockeys and trainers, barrier draw and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

As many runners are kicking off their spring campaigns in the weight-for-age event, looking at the Winx Stakes form for first-up hopes with nice records when fresh is important. Royal Descent (2015) won first-up, improving on her second to Tiger Tees in 2014, before star stablemate Winx won the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions fresh as did Waller’s record seventh Winx Stakes winner Fangirl in 2023.

The Winx Stakes form, previously run as the Warwick Stakes, has held-up in tougher spring races plenty of times in recent years especially the George Main Stakes (now King Charles III Stakes) over the Randwick mile later in the spring.

In 2021 Verry Elleegant improved on her Winx Stakes second to win the George Main Stakes next start. She also went on to win that spring’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.

Anamoe franked the Winx Stakes 2022 form going on to win three straight Group 1 races that spring including the Ladbrokes Cox Plate before a huge autumn in 2023 that included his Chipping Norton – George Ryder Group 1 double.

2023 Winx Stakes Form Facts

  • Five-year-olds have the best record in the Winx Stakes with 11 wins in the past 30 years, most recently Verry Elleegant (2020) and Fangirl (2023).
  • First-up performers dominate the race with 24 of the past 32 winners doing so fresh, most recently Mo’unga (2021), Anamoe (2022) and Fangirl (2023).
  • Nine mares have won the Warwick / Winx Stakes throughout history most recently Verry Elleegant (2020) and Fangirl (2023).
  • Since 1983 16 favourites have won the Warwick / Winx Stakes, most recently Winx who was odds-on for all three of her victories between 2016-18 and Anamoe (2022).
  • Trusting (2009) was the last three-year-old winner.

2023 Winx Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Winx Stakes 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Warwick Stakes / Winx Stakes Results

The Winx Stakes race results have been a mix of well-backed single-figure hopes and roughie hopes scoring the upset in the past decade with the last to salute at double-figures being shock 2019 winner Samadoubt ($41).

In recent times there have been some notable winners of the Winx Stakes including Chris Waller’s seventh champion Fangirl (2023), the fellow Waller-trained Verry Elleegant (2020), her three-time champion Winx (2016-18) who the race is now named in honour of, Royal Descent (2015), Tiger Tees (2014), Pinwheel (2011-12), Metal Bender (2010), and Racing To Win (2008).

Last Winx Stakes winning mare: Fangirl (2023).

Last Winx Stakes winning three-year-old: Trusting (2009).

Samadoubt holds the current Winx Stakes record winning in 2001 in a time of 1 minute 21:05 seconds.

Past Winx Stakes / Warwick Stakes Winners

Recent Winx Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Fangirl Princess Grace Zaaki 1:24.1
2022 Anamoe Fangirl Profondo 1:24.2
2021 Mo’unga Verry Elleegant She’s Ideel 1:22.1
2020 Verry Elleegant Star Of The Seas Fierce Impact 1:23.2
2019 Samadoubt Happy Clapper Invincible Gem 1:21.0
2018 Winx Invictus Prince D’argento 1:22.5
2017 Winx Foxplay Ecuador 1:21.8
2016 Winx Hartnell Rebel Dane 1:23.8
2015 Royal Descent Pornichet Messene 1:21.5
2014 Tiger Tees Royal Descent Criterion 1:27.7
2013 Veyron Streama Rain Affair 1:21.5
2012 Pinwheel Secret Admirer Danleigh 1:22.5
2011 Pinwheel Ilovethiscity Startsmeup 1:25.8
2010 Metal Bender Triple Honour Danleigh 1:24.2
2009 Trusting O’lonhro Mr Baritone 1:21.5
2008 Racing to Win Gallant Tess Danzippo 1:24.5
2007 Race not run
2006 Courts In Session Racing To Win Desert War 1:23.3
2005 Sir Dex Dizelle Sportsman 1:22.8
2004 Private Steer So Assertive Niello 1:22.7
2003 Lonhro Clangalang Defier 1:24.3
2002 Defier Lonhro Republic Lass 1:22.8
2001 Lonhro Diamond Dane Shogun Lodge 1:17.3
2000 Al Mansour Hire Celestial Choir 1:14.7