The Winx Stakes kicks off the Group 1 season this spring and we can’t wait!
Champion mare Winx has retired so she can’t make it four in a row, but there’s a talented field looking to etch their name on the trophy.
Punters will see the likes of Avilius, Verry Elleegant and Happy Clapper. We have our best Winx Stakes bets on offer.
2019 Winx Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Winx Stakes 2019
Avilius @ $3.30 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Verry Elleegant @ $4 Bet Now
Kings Will Dream @ $12 Bet Now
Winx Stakes Plate Form Guide & Tips
Avilius (Best Bet – $3.30) Bet Now
The James Cummings stable is firing to start this season and Avilius could be their stable star come the end of spring carnival.
Avilius is a 10-win six-year-old from 18 starts and with a recent trial win under the belt, he looks primed and ready to go.
$3.20 is a touch short after drawing barrier eight but it shouldn’t find trouble getting a good spot in running.
Tough to beat.
Happy Clapper ($4.20) Bet Now
Happy Clapper has been out of the winners’ enclosure for awhile and that’s the concern for this run.
However, he’s classy at best, owns Group 1-winning experience and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Bookmakers will likely lengthen his odds from $4.20 as that’s far too short for our liking.
Le Romain ($20) Bet Now
That was a much-improved run when third behind Alizee last start and he’s only going to get better with time.
This run might come a bit early in the season for Le Romain, but he has over $4.1 million in the bank and every chance of improving that this season.
$20 is a fair price from bookmakers.
Best of Days ($18) Bet Now
We’re not sure what to expect from Best of Days this season but the ability is there.
He was last seen when falling at Group 1 level behind Alizee in February and how he comes back from that could be a mystery.
His recent trial form has been fair but we’re not liking his chances.
Kings Will Dream (Best Roughie – $12) Bet Now
Kings Will Dream was maturing into a cups prospect before suffering a serious injury in the Cox Plate behind Winx.
The imported son of Casamento looked the goods when winning three consecutive races before running well behind the likes of Humidor, Grunt and Winx.
If he has come back from the injury with no problems, he’ll be contesting most of the middle-distance Group 1 races this season.
Samadoubt ($41) Bet Now
Samadoubt should be at longer odds than this. The six-year-old has been running against only moderate opposition and he hasn’t carried more than 55.5kg since January.
He rises up to 59kg under the weight-for-age scale and that’s a huge negative going against him.
Looks to have little chance of winning.
Invincible Gem ($13) Bet Now
Much better effort for second last time out and if she continues in that form, she could snag a Group 1 placing.
The Kris Lees-trained runner has finished out of the money once only from four attempts at this distance. After running second behind Alizee over 1200m last start, she will appreciate the 1400m.
Gets the inside draw and she will kick strongly.
Unforgotten ($12) Bet Now
Cost punters plenty last campaign and she’s a fraction too short in the betting once again.
The Waller-trained five-year-old looked the goods as a youngster but she hasn’t matured into the champion she looked like being.
Facing the older horses is never an easy task and we believe her best racing might be behind her.
Another runner from the Waller stable which has been disappointing as an older horse and she hasn’t finished in the money this year.
Jockey Tommy Berry is likely to head back on the five-year-old and any ground made in the straight will be seen as a positive.
Her $34 odds are likely to drift.
Verry Elleegant (Best Each Way – $4) Bet Now
There’s no negatives with Verry Elleegant, who went to another level in the autumn and could kick off spring with a win.
The Kiwi runner, now with Chris Waller in Australia, has won six of her 11 starts and back-to-back Group 1’s coming into this.
Those have came against her own age, but she looks ready made to contest the biggest races throughout the spring carnival.
She’s twice a winner over 1400m and although 2000m is ideal, she should be ready to fire here and punters are getting solid odds.