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2021 Winx Stakes Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The Winx Stakes is the first Group One of the 2020/2021 season
  • This feature is run over 1400 metres at Royal Randwick
  • Can Verry Elleegant defend her crown?
  • Chances have been given to $21 & $41 outsiders
Winx Stakes Tips
Can Verry Elleegant (red/blue) go back-to-back in the Winx Stakes? (Getty)
Alex Marsh 19 Aug 2021
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The Winx Stakes opens up Group One racing in Australia for the season, with a strong field of 14 assembled for the 2021 edition.
  • Winx Stakes 2021 Field & Odds
  • Winx Stakes 2021 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.

Get $3.50 for Verry Elleegant to finish 1st or 2nd

Winx Stakes 2021 Field & Odds

1Kolding (NZ)Chris WallerTim Clark1059kg$5
2Think It OverKerry ParkerBrenton Avdulla259kg $9.50
3Cascadian (GB)James CummingsHugh Bowman759kg $9.50
4DreamforceJohn ThompsonNash Rawiller1159kg $13
5Imaging (GB)Chris WallerKathy O'Hara659kg $21
6Star Of The Seas (NZ)Chris WallerJay Ford959kg $26
7Keiai Nautique (JPN)Matthew SmithGlen Boss459kg $61
8Master Of Wine (GER)
Michael, Wayne & John HawkesRegan Bayliss859kg $51
9Brandenburg (NZ)John SargentRachel King1359kg $41
10Mount Popa (IRE)Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr159kg $41
11Mo'unga (NZ)Annabel NeashamRachel King1258.5kg$8
12Verry Elleegant (NZ)Chris WallerJames McDonald557kg$2.90
13She's IdeelBjorn BakerJason Collett1457kg$101
14Hungry HeartChris WallerKerrin McEvoy356.5kg$14
Odds courtesy bookmaker.com.au & correct at 7pm on 18/08/2021.

Winx Stakes 2021 Tips

Winx Stakes 2021 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.

Winx Stakes 2021 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.

Winx Stakes 2021 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 proceeding's.

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.

What is the Winx Stakes worth?

The Winx Stakes is worth a total of $500,000.

$287,000 goes to the winner.



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 $2.90 at Bookmaker - 2 Units
Value Bet: Imaging Each Way $21.00 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit

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