The 2018 Winx Warwick Stakes serves as a perfect spring starting point for many high class weight-for-age gallopers. Added incentives to this year’s edition for all involved are its official promotion to the Group 1 level and the whopping $500,000 prize.
Past winners of the 1400m feature include the race’s namesake and champion mare Winx (Defending champion), Racing To Win, Lonhro, Private Steer, Shaftesbury Avenue and Super Impose. There’s no doubt that names like this justify the Group 1 status.
The race can usually be narrowed down to a handful of chances, not down to the weight-for-age conditions alone, but also because many of the runners are majorly getting fit for longer races being held later in the Spring Racing Carnival.
Be sure to shop around for the best odds this weekend and we recommend checking out new bookmaker Neds.
2018 Winx Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Winx Stakes 2018
Winx $1.18 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
Kementari @ $7 – BET NOW
D’argento @ $23 – BET NOW
2018 Winx Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Winx ($1.18) – BET NOW
No sooner did Sportsbet open the betting on the race named in her honour, punters were quickly into action backing Winx. She is the $1.18 favourite for the Randwick Group 1 and has already received three-times the wagers than Kementari ($7) and eight-times more money than the second favourite.
The stablemate of Winx, D’Argento, is the next in betting at $23. “It’s all about Winx and why wouldn’t it be? She’s a superstar and everyone is anticipating her return to the races.
Everything looks set for her to notch her 26th win in a row,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Will Byrne. Winx has drawn in barrier five of 11.
Kementari ($7) – BET NOW
Godolphin horse Kementari (Winx’s main opposition), is set to jump from barrier seven in Saturday’s 1400m-Group One Winx Stakes. Kementari emerged as a late addition to the Winx Stakes on Tuesday. James Cummings has denied that a stable mate’s untimely setback is responsible for Kementari’s early spring detour, insisting that his stopwatch is the reason we have a mouthwatering clash against Winx on our hands.
Until Alizee bled from both nostrils during trackwork this week, Cummings had the dual Group One winning mare ready to take on Winx Stakes iconic horse. Cummings had planned not to give the four-year-old another start with his sight set on Memsie Stakes next month. Kementari has only come up against Winx once in a 12-start career that reached a high point with his Randwick Guineas victory. Kementari finished third to Winx when beaten 1-3/4 lengths in the George Ryder Stakes. That was a fortnight after that Group One success.
It’s far from an insurmountable margin to make up in a race that sees Winx chase her 26th consecutive victory. For the first time during her winning sequence, Winx will have a serious challenge. This bloke is a star.
D’argento ($15) – BET NOW
The three year old grey colt D’argento is competing at the winx stakes this year off the back of an impressive Group 1 Rosehill Guineas victory (2000m). Weighing 58.5kg, this beauty is our third pick. D’argento is set to jump from barrier 9.
Ace High ($35) – BET NOW
Trained by David Payne, the 4yr old brown or black horse enjoyed resounding victory at the Victoria Derby (2500m) in 2017. Weighing 58.5kg, he is set to jump from barrier 10 and is not too far off a pick at $35 and is certainly worth thought for a place.
Unforgotten ($71) – BET NOW
Completing the top five is the 4yr old bay or brown made, Unforgotten. Weighing 56.5kg will be jumping from barrier 6. The Chris Waller trained horse recently won the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m).
Unlikely to trouble this field and will be looking for longer.
Classic Uniform ($126) – BET NOW
It took 10 starts for Classic Uniform to break his maiden on a heavy track at Newcastle. He has since matured into a solid Group performer in the ensuing period. He won the Parramatta Cup (1900m) at Rosehill in February 2017, the Group II Hill Stakes (1900m) in September, and Group III Craven Plate in October the same year.
He finished third to champion mare Winx at his first go at Group I racing in the 2018 Chipping Norton Stakes. The bay coloured 6yr old gelding is set to jump from barrier 8.
Religify ($101) – BET NOW
Religify is an absolute beauty for the Chris Waller team. He resumed indifferently at Ipswich in the Eye Liner. Freshened up, trialled well and was much better last start in the Tatts Mile.
He finished fourth to Fit For Purpose after running out late. Randwick’s 1400m suits him. He’ll be the horse on speed and could maybe land a first four spot.
Cabeza De Vaca ($126) – BET NOW
Cabeza de Vaca is a bay coloured 7yr old gelding. The current race record for Cabeza de Vaca is 7 wins from 17 starts. As one of the less talked about horses, the odds of Cabeza de Vaca springing a surprise are farfetched. But if your bet is on this gelding, he’ll jump from barrier 2.
Libran ($151) – BET NOW
Libran struggled in the 2017 autumn before returning to winning form in the Group III Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Randwick the spring. He later ran second to Who Shot The barman in the Group II Moonee Valley Cup before finishing a respectable eighth in the 2017 Melbourne Cup.
The gelding has competed well over unsuitable trips at his first two runs of the 2018 Sydney autumn carnival. He ran fourth to champion Winx in the Group I Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and second to Auvray in the Group III Sky High Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill. His ability to challenge suggests a surprise is possibly brewing, but probably not here.
Invictus Prince ($151) – BET NOW
Invictus Prince (GBR) is a bay coloured 6yr old gelding. With a record that stands at 2 wins from 15 starts. It’s a safer bet to place him far off the summit if that becomes an option. The odds can’t be more accurate.
Oriental Runner ($151) – BET NOW
This 6yr old bay coloured gelding has a similar record to that of Invictus Prince. It’s pretty unlikely that he’ll be able to compete at Group 1 level. His odds say it all.