The Winx Stakes is the first Group 1 race of the racing season, with the 2020 edition run at Randwick on Saturday, August 22nd.
Formerly known as the Warwick Stakes, the race was renamed the Winx Stakes – and upgraded to Group 1 status – in 2018 in honour of the champion mare. Winx won the race three times in a row from 2016 to 2018, during her record-breaking unbeaten streak.
The Winx Stakes is run over 1400 metres and is often used as a campaign-starter for many star horses who are headed to some of the Spring Carnival’s biggest races. As a result, punters can usually expect a high-quality field, but with the majority of entrants having their first run for the preparation. This can make for somewhat of a form challenge, with no recent performances to go on and horses and different stages of fitness.
Randwick Racecourse, 1400m
Group 1 weight-for-age, three-year-olds and up
Winx Stakes 2020
The 2020 Winx Stakes was won by the Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant, which was ridden by James McDonald. The Randwick track was rated a Soft 6. Verry Elleegant was ridden by James McDonald. Second place went to the winner’s stablemate, Star Of The Seas, while Fierce Impact finished third.
|1||12. Verry Elleegant||James McDonald||Chris Waller||1:23.26||9||57||$7.50|
|2||9. Star Of The Seas||Sam Clipperton||Chris Waller||0.1||13||59||$31|
|3||4. Fierce Impact||Jason Collett||Matthew Smith||0.4||3||59||$15|
— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) August 22, 2020
Winx Stakes: past winners
2020 Verry Elleegant
2015 Royal Descent
2014 Tiger Tees
2010 Metal Bender