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Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips - Place value behind Winx

  • Winx to go out with a bang.
  • Hartnell to run another brave placing.
Hartnell wins the Epsom Handicap (PA Images)

Clearly the most anticipated race of the day will be the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) where we see Winx make her final racetrack appearance. 

There is nothing to suggest the fairy-tale ending won’t come true, and Winx will claim her third win in the $4 million showpiece, while claiming her 33rd consecutive victory and her 25th win at the highest level. 

But for punters looking for value, or placegetters for the Exotics, it’s hard to go past Hartnell.

Although he hasn’t raced beyond 1600m in his past 10 starts across spring and autumn campaigns, think back to 2015 when Hartnell took out the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) beating Japanese galloper To The World, and you’ll remember how classy he can be over a staying trip.

He won the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) in the spring of 2016 defeating Jameka who went on to win the Caulfield Cup.

Hartnell then finished runner-up to Winx in the Cox Plate (2040m) and was then 3rd behind Almandin and Heartbreak City in the Melbourne Cup (3200m).

In 2017, he was runner-up to Our Ivanhowe in the Ranvet Stakes (2000m) before again finishing 2nd to Winx, but this time in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

In 2018, the tough son of Authorized showed his versatility by winning the CF Orr Stakes (1400m) first-up from a spell, and in the following autumn, he claimed the Epsom Handicap (1600m) in record time. 

He’s improved with each of his three runs this campaign, and his gallant 3rd placing in last Saturday’s Doncaster Mile where he finished 2.5 lengths from an up-and-coming three-year-old who was runner-up to Winx at his previous start and was carrying 8.5kg less, was simply outstanding. 

Saturday will be all about Winx, and so it should be, but this old warrior deserves some respect and is the value bet in the race at $2.25 for the Place.

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