The Winx Stakes is the first Group 1 of the season and we have a runner-by-runner guide for the quality contest.
It is a wide-open field with a loose favourite and that means excellent value for punters. The maximum field is looking to kick off spring racing with a win in Saturday’s feature race at Randwick.
2020 Winx Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Winx Stakes 2020
Verry Elleegant @ $6.50 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
The Bostonian @ $7.50 Bet Now
Brandenburg @ $21 Bet Now
Winx Stakes Form Guide & Tips
1. Dreamforce ($7) Bet Now
Dreamforce has a great fresh-up record and he has been respected in the betting. He owns four fresh-up wins and he also has five wins at Randwick.
Drawing barrier 16 isn’t ideal but he can’t be left out of selections in the Winx Stakes.
2. The Bostonian (Best Each Way – $7.50) Bet Now
The Kiwi runner is lethal fresh up with six wins from seven attempts. Many of those fresh wins have come at the highest grade, so his chances of winning are high.
He handles all track conditions and he is unbeaten from two starts on a heavy track. That is tough form to look past and the each-way odds on offer are great value.
3. Avilius ($26) Bet Now
Avilius isn’t quite the same horse he used to be and the odds reflect that. The James Cummings-trained gelding is an 11-time winner but he didn’t win from five attempts in the autumn.
We are prepared to see him run before making a play on him later in the spring.
4. Fierce Impact ($15) Bet Now
The former Japanese runner is tough and although he will be looking for more distance, we wouldn’t be ruling him out completely.
He is only a five-time winner but he scored some big wins last start and he is drawn to get a good run throughout.
$15 is a fair price for Fierce Impact.
5. Kolding ($41) Bet Now
Kolding looked to have a big future but he hasn’t shown up as an older horse. He won three consecutive races but went completely off the boil last campaign.
It would be some effort to win the Winx Stakes and he would need a lot of luck from out wide.
6. Imaging ($18) Bet Now
There has been solid money coming for Imaging, which has been working well at home. The Waller-trained import made ground last start when third and that was a good hit out.
Having race experience this season is ideal and he could turn his poor Randwick form around.
7. Master of Wine ($6.50) Bet Now
A quality type in the making that won two of his three starts in the autumn. He is a professional type that could make it in this grade in the spring.
Track conditions shouldn’t be an issue and drawing barrier 11 won’t be an issue. His odds are a touch short but he should be included in first-four selections.
8. Niccanova ($26) Bet Now
Niccanova has five consecutive placings coming into this race and although he’s not a genuine Group 1 contender, he could surprise here.
He made up a stack of ground at Doomben last start and if they go quickly up front, he could be storming home late.
9. Star of the Seas ($21) Bet Now
He is a proven first-up performer with five starts for two wins and two placings. The son of Ocean Park loves wet tracks and if there is any rain throughout the week, it only boosts his chances.
We are not including him in selections for this race but we wouldn’t be shocked if he got the job done.
10. Quackerjack ($41) Bet Now
Quackerjack won three times last campaign and he has the speed to finish in the first half of the field.
The five-year-old is an eight-time winner and five of those wins have come on this track. His record gives him credit for this race and stranger things have happened.
We are expecting the $41 to shorten.
11. Brandenburg (Best Roughie – $21) Bet Now
The four-year-old is a tough customer and he looks to have a bright future. He is only a two-time winner but he owns eight placings and many of those came against top opposition.
He is our best roughie because he always puts himself in the race and he makes his own luck. That is a good asset to have and punters are getting value odds.
12. Verry Elleegant (Best Bet – $6.50) Bet Now
The five-year-old mare is a classy customer and she gets conditions to suit on Saturday. She likes the sting out of the track and she loves running at Randwick.
The 1400m is a touch short of her best but having James McDonald in the saddle is a positive and he will ensure a good trip throughout.
$6.50 is well worth taking in the Winx Stakes.
13. Melody Belle ($10) Bet Now
The Kiwi champion was left floundering last start and she didn’t appreciate the wet track. She also didn’t appreciate the front-runners bias, but we wouldn’t be dropping her completely.
However, she has yet to finish in the money at Randwick and perhaps she hasn’t come back as strong this campaign.
14. Con Te Partiro ($11) Bet Now
The former American hasn’t had the most luck throughout her career in Australia but she is capable at best.
The six-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy is a two-time winner fresh up and there is good betting support coming her way.
15. Flit ($14) Bet Now
Flit was a top-class staying filly but the 1400m could be short of her best. We also don’t know how she will measure up against the older horses.
$14 is too short to find out and we would only entertain her chance at around $28.
17. Wolfe ($126) Bet Now
Wolfe goes well fresh up but he will be outclassed at this level. Wait until he faces staying fields later in his campaign.
18. Zebrowski ($51) Bet Now
He owns only six starts and although he has a nice future, we’re not sure if the Winx Stakes is his type of race.
Long odds on offer and the $51 could drift.