Winx Stakes 2020

Saturday August 22, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Winx Stakes has been a gun guide to the George Main Stakes trifecta in recent years

The Winx Stakes is a Group 1 race run in August during the early stages of the Sydney Autumn 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.

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 $500,000 in total prize money having had its stakes doubled in 2018.

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.

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.

The latest edition of the Winx Stakes took place on Saturday August 22, 2020 and saw Verry Elleegant dig deep to win first-up for her third career Group 1. 

Winx Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday August 22, 2020
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1923

2020 Winx Stakes Results

  • 1st: #12 Verry Ellegant
  • 2nd: #9 Star Of The Seas
  • 3rd: #4 Fierce Impact

The full Winx Stakes 2020 Results and Finishing Order will be published below once the new Group 1 Sydney race is run and won on Saturday August 22, 2020.

Trainer Chris Waller won the event for a sixth time with his brave mare Verry Elleegant taking out the 2020 Winx Stakes results in a gutsy fight to the line with her stablemate Star Of The Seas ahead of either a Cox Plate or Melbourne Cup target.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 12 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 9 57kg $7.50
2 9 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 0.1L 13 59kg $31
3 4 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Jason Collett 0.4L 3 59kg $15
4 6 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 0.5L 15 59kg $31
5 14 CON TE PARTIRO (USA) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.2L 2 57kg $6EF
6 8 NICCANOVA Steve Tregea Regan Bayliss 3.7L 7 59kg $18
7 2 THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) Tony Pike Jay Ford 3.8L 1 59kg $6.50
8 18e ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Koby Jennings 4.7L 6 58.5kg $31
9 15 FLIT James Cummings Glyn Schofield 5.2L 4 56.5kg $19
10 11 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Ms Rachel King 5.3L 11 58.5kg $17
11 13 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 5.7L 5 57kg $14
12 7 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 6.7L 10 59kg $6EF
13 5 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 6.9L 16 59kg $21
14 10 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 15L 12 59kg $61
15 1 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Brenton Avdulla 16.8L 14 59kg $11
16 17e WOLFE (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 17.5L 8 59kg $151
3 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Robbie Dolan 0
16 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Glen Boss 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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 six times most recently in 2020 running the quinella with Verry Elleegant (1st) and Star Of The Seas (2nd).

2020 Winx Stakes Odds

The latest Winx Stakes 2020 betting odds on the runners in the one of the country’s newest Group 1 races, dominated by the now retired Winx from 2016-18, will be provided below once markets open the week of the race.


Winx Stakes Field
Winx Stakes Form Facts & Tips - Ladbrokes.com.au

Formerly the Warwick Stakes, the new-look and upgraded Winx Stakes is named in honour of 2016-18 winner Winx. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

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 autumn, is a good tip.

2020 Winx Stakes Field

The official Winx Stakes 2020 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 2020 Winx Stakes field features a capacity line-up of 16 confirmed starters plus two emergencies. Trainer Chris Waller looks to add to his outstanding record in the event, won three times on the trot by the race’s now namesake Winx, saddling-up five runners led by Caulfield Cup fancy Verry Elleegant in gate 10.

  • Scratchings: #16 Funstar (3) runs instead in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m); #3 Avilius (13) being saved for the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) in a fortnight.
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1205x2810x DREAMFORCE John Thompson Brenton Avdulla 16 59kg 116
2 0x9358x12x THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) Tony Pike Jay Ford 1 59kg 116
3 147x54533x AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Robbie Dolan 13 59kg 114
4 x211x2348x FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Jason Collett 4 59kg 112
5 111x45778x KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 18 59kg 110
6 x20x8100x3 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 17 59kg 108
7 x2311x114x MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 11 59kg 108
8 81412×2322 NICCANOVA Steve Tregea Regan Bayliss 8 59kg 107
9 9393x1720x STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 15 59kg 107
10 x3121x140x QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 14 59kg 106
11 122x13437x BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Ms Rachel King 12 58.5kg 106
12 410x42212x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 10 57kg 116
13 112x3346x6 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 6 57kg 115
14 x405x6161x CON TE PARTIRO (USA) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2 57kg 113
15 914x1602x2 FLIT James Cummings Glyn Schofield 5 56.5kg 107
16 x211x2142x FUNSTAR Chris Waller Glen Boss 3 56.5kg 106
17e 185310x39x WOLFE (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott TBA 9 59kg 99
18e 26x1122x ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Koby Jennings 7 58.5kg 96

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Winx Stakes Nominations

The Winx Stakes nominations for 2020 are taken on the Monday leading-up to the race and all the early entries will be announced right here.

Five-time winning trainer Chris Waller dominates the 2020 Winx Stakes nominations with six entries led by his multiple Group 1 winning mare Verry Elleegant.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 147x54533x AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 114
2 122x13437x BRANDENBURG (NZ) H 4 John Sargent 106
3 x405x6161x CON TE PARTIRO (USA) M 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 113
4 1205x2810x DREAMFORCE G 8 John Thompson 116
5 x211x2348x FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 112
6 914x1602x2 FLIT M 4 James Cummings 107
7 x211x2142x FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller 106
8 x20x8100x3 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 108
9 111x45778x KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 110
10 x2311x114x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
11 112x3346x6 MELODY BELLE (NZ) M 6 Jamie Richards 115
12 6101x300x5 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 110
13 81412×2322 NICCANOVA G 7 Steve Tregea 108
14 116162x PRAGUE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 90
15 x3121x140x QUACKERJACK G 5 Mark Newnham 106
16 9393x1720x STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 107
17 0x9358x12x THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) G 6 Tony Pike 116
18 410x42212x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 116
19 185310x39x WOLFE (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 99
20 26x1122x ZEBROWSKI (NZ) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 96

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 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.

2020 Winx Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Winx Stakes 2020 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.

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.

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 over the Randwick mile the next month.

2020 Winx Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Winx Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Warwick Stakes / Winx Stakes Results

The Warwick Stakes 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 Warwick Stakes include Chris Waller’s sixth winner 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).

Winx Stakes / Warwick Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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