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Winx Stakes Preview, Betting Tips & Predictions

  • The Winx Stakes takes place at Royal Randwick on Saturday, August 21
  • Will Verry Elleegant defend her crown and go back-to-back in the opening Group 1 of the season?
  • $21 & $41 roughies are on our radar with our Winx Stakes tips
Winx Stakes Tips
Can Verry Elleegant (red/blue) go back-to-back in the Winx Stakes? (Getty)
 

A strong field of 14  will contest the 2021 Winx Stakes, the first Group One race of the season. Who will claim the prize at Royal Randwick on Saturday, August 21? 
  • Winx Stakes 2021 Field
  • Winx Stakes Odds
  • Winx Stakes Tips
  • Winx Stakes FAQs

Worth $500,000 and run over 1400 metres, this event was given Group One status in 2018 along with a name change (ex Warwick Stakes) with the superstar mare Winx appropriately taking out the 2018 edition by two lengths.

We've cast out eye over the key early chances for the 2021 Winx Stakes and have chosen our best and value bets from the early markets available.

Winx Stakes 2021 Field

No.
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Barrier
Weight
1Kolding (NZ)Chris WallerTim Clark1059kg
2Think It OverKerry ParkerBrenton Avdulla259kg
3Cascadian (GB)James CummingsHugh Bowman759kg
4DreamforceJohn ThompsonNash Rawiller1159kg
5Imaging (GB)Chris WallerKathy O'Hara659kg
6Star Of The Seas (NZ)Chris WallerJay Ford959kg
7Keiai Nautique (JPN)Matthew SmithGlen Boss459kg
8Master Of Wine (GER)
Michael, Wayne & John HawkesRegan Bayliss859kg
9Brandenburg (NZ)John SargentRachel King1359kg
10Mount Popa (IRE)Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr159kg
11Mo'unga (NZ)Annabel NeashamRachel King1258.5kg
12Verry Elleegant (NZ)Chris WallerJames McDonald557kg
13She's IdeelBjorn BakerJason Collett1457kg
14Hungry HeartChris WallerKerrin McEvoy356.5kg
                                                                          

Winx Stakes Odds


Latest market from TopSport: Verry Elleegant $2.90, Kolding $5.50, Mounga $8.50, Think It Over & Cascadian $9.50, Dreamforce $14.00, Hungry Heart $15.00, Imaging $19.00, Star Of The Seas $26.00, Mount Popa $34.00, Brandenburg $41.00, Master Of Wine $51.00, Keiai Nautique $67.00, Shes Ideel $101.

Winx Stakes Tips

Best Bet - Verry Elleegant

An eight-time Group One winner that has developed into a world class galloper after having her faults early days, Verry Elleegant is still comfortably the best middle-distance runner in the country and has become somewhat bombproof in regards to conditions.

She added yet another string to her bow in last year's Winx Stakes, winning first-up at 1400m and it was an outstanding victory under the circumstances, where the champion continued to find late despite racing three-wide for the entirety of that journey.

Her July 27 trial behind the speedy Stay Inside was every bit as good as to what we've seen from her prior to previous campaigns, and although wary that she's not set to peak until deeper into the spring, I'm not in a hurry to back those closest to her in the market here.


Value Bet - Imaging

A stable mate to the favourite is this import that Chris Waller does like to keep on the fresh side these days, and he's been very unlucky over his last few campaigns (arguably should've won this race last year which followed a big fresh effort behind Eduardo).

Following the 2020 spring, Imaging was three-wide the trip in the Group One CF Stakes first-up in February, a feature he no doubt would've won had from a better gate and the six-year-old wasn't suited at all after that when dropping in trip for the Newmarket.

There was plenty of merit in his last start Stradbroke performance after copping a little squeeze early which put him out of winning calculations and given his prior trials, I wouldn't look much into the August 3 hit out in Brisbane when he was just there to go around.


Roughie - Brandenburg

Although I always felt he was a little overrated throughout his three-year-old season, this gelding was very still very competitive in that period, winning first-up over 1400m, the same pattern he's attempting this Saturday off two strong trials at Randwick.

Despite giving every impression early in his career that he would get a trip, he is clearly a much more effective galloper around the seven and eight furlong range, which his record now clearly supports (two of his three wins have come at this trip).

At weight-for-age level, he's obviously still a big query hence his quote, albeit we've seen horses like Think It Over dispel those doubts in recent times and given there's little speed on paper, Rachel King could well roll forward and follow Dreamforce early in the race.

Winx Stakes FAQs

When is the 2021 Winx Stakes?

The 2021 Winx Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, August 21.

It will run as Race 8 on Royal Randwick meeting.

What distance is the Winx Stakes?

The Winx Stakes is run over a distance of 1400 metres.

Who won the 2020 Winx Stakes?

Verry Elleegant won the 2020 Winx Stakes.

How can I live stream the 2021 Winx Stakes?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Winx Stakes and all other Australian horse races.

 

Verdict

Verry Elleegant is getting short, but you could make that argument a stronger one for her rivals that are under 20/1, so she certainly deserves outright favouritism.

Imaging is a good each-way price while at longer odds, Brandenburg is worth including for the exotic players.

Best Bet: Verry Elleegant To Win @190 at Neds Racing - 2 Units
Value Bet: Imaging Each Way @2000 at Boombet Racing - 1 Unit

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