winx stakes

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.

Winx Stakes

Randwick Racecourse, 1400m

Group 1 weight-for-age, three-year-olds and up

$500,000

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.

Finish Horse Jockey Trainer Margin Barrier Weight SP
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

Winx Stakes: past winners

2020 Verry Elleegant
2019 Samadoubt
2018 Winx
2017 Winx
2016 Winx
2015 Royal Descent
2014 Tiger Tees
2013 Veyron
2012 Pinwheel
2011 Pinwheel
2010 Metal Bender

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