Winx Stakes field & barrier draw
A final field of 16 plus two emergencies has been declared Saturday’s Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick after the barrier draw was completed on Wednesday morning.
Race favourite Verry Elleegant has drawn a bit wide in barrier 10 as she builds toward some lofty targets this spring.
The five-year-old daughter of Zed is one of five runners for leading trainer Chris Waller who will be aiming for his fifth Winx Stakes in the past six years.
Verry Elleegant is yet to win in four first-up attempts but has placed twice and was only 1.9 lengths from Alizee when resuming in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) last campaign.
The Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-prepared Master Of Wine has drawn alongside Verry Elleegant in gate 11 and has a solid first-up record of two wins and three placings from five attempts.
He scored an impressive 3.5-length victory over Aliferous and Wolfe when first up over 1400m on a Soft 7 at Rosehill Gardens last campaign.
Kiwi mare Melody Belle will be looking to bounce back after finishing 6th of six in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m), but she’s failed to place in four starts at Randwick and that is cause for concern.
The James Cummings-prepared Flit was 2nd in the Missile Stakes and should appreciate the step up to 1400m second-up as she jumps from gate 5.
Runners to have drawn outside gates at the barrier draw include Star Of The Seas (15), Dreamforce (16), Imaging (17) and Kolding (18).
2020 Winx Stakes barrier draw and final field:
|1||DREAMFORCE||John Thompson||Brenton Avdulla||16||59kg|
|2||THE BOSTONIAN (NZ)||Tony Pike||Jay Ford||1||59kg|
|3||AVILIUS (GB)||James Cummings||TBA||13||59kg|
|4||FIERCE IMPACT (JPN)||Matthew Smith||Jason Collett||4||59kg|
|5||KOLDING (NZ)||Chris Waller||TBA||18||59kg|
|6||IMAGING (GB)||Chris Waller||TBA||17||59kg|
|7||MASTER OF WINE (GER)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||11||59kg|
|8||NICCANOVA||Steve Tregea||Regan Bayliss||8||59kg|
|9||STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ)||Chris Waller||TBA||15||59kg|
|10||QUACKERJACK||Mark Newnham||Joshua Parr||14||59kg|
|11||BRANDENBURG (NZ)||John Sargent||Ms Rachel King||12||58.5kg|
|12||VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ)||Chris Waller||TBA||10||57kg|
|13||MELODY BELLE (NZ)||Jamie Richards||Kerrin McEvoy||6||57kg|
|14||CON TE PARTIRO (USA)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||2||57kg|
|17e||WOLFE (JPN)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||TBA||9||59kg|
|18e||ZEBROWSKI (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Koby Jennings||7||58.5kg|