Winx Stakes Tips & Preview 2022

Adam Cusworth Adam Cusworth
Winx Stakes Tips & Preview

Looking for Winx Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 All Aged Stakes at Randwick.


It is the Godolphin galloper and 2021 Cox Plate (2040m) runner-up, Anamoe, that is a $2.70 favourite in early markets with ladbrokes ahead of Forbidden Love at $5.50 and Mo’unga at $6.

Fangirl is another under double figure odds at the $7.50 quote. There are 11 gallopers in action and Hinged ($12), Profondo ($13) and Duais ($15) are next best, ahead of Hilal at $17. Icebath ($26), Benaud ($61) and Stockman ($101) round out the field.


Nine of the field of 11 head into the $750,000 Group 1 at their first run back from a spell, including Anamoe, who was put aside after bombing out of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) as a three-year-old.

He comes back an older horse now and was 3rd as a $2.30 favourite when resuming at his last preparation behind Overpass in the Expressway Stakes (1200m). Forbidden Love finished ahead of him that day as the runner-up and was also first up.

The latter comes in with the run under her belt this time around and battled in the Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Randwick when resuming, finishing 6th. The daughter of All Too Hard improved five lengths on benchmark figures at her second run last time when stepping up to the 1400m, going a very healthy 14.4 lengths faster than standard benchmark when winning the Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) by three lengths on a Heavy 10 track.

Her best form has been on bottomless tracks and at this stage Randwick is a Soft 6 with little rain forecast in the lead up to Saturday. I’m prepared to risk her after her first up run.

The other horse that comes in with a run under their belt is Hilal. He didn’t enjoy the favours early on in a slowly run Missile Stakes before working home for 9th, beaten nearly five lengths. He improved 10 lengths n benchmark figures when second up in the autumn, finishing a narrow runner-up behind Anamoe in the Hobartville Stakes (1400m) and is worth a bit of thought at the price.

Mo’unga has some solid first up stats, winning three and placing in two of his five fresh runs. At his last campaign he went a very healthy 10.7 lengths faster than standard when resuming with a runner-up performance behind Tofane in the Futurity Stakes (1400m), running on to produce the fastest last 200m and defying the pattern of the day.

Fangirl was an impressive first up winner at her last preparation, edging out the then boom horse, Espiona, in the Light Fingers Stakes (1200m). She went five lengths faster than standard benchmark that day and claimed the Vinery Stud Stakes (1800m) at Newcastle later on that prep. Hinged had form around Fangirl and claimed the Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) at the track and trip when second up last time.

Profondo creates interest but is too unproven for mine, while Duais comes off a career best campaign, winning twice at Group 1 level. She might need further than the 1400m. Icebath isn’t without a chance. She hasn’t won since scoring at the track and trip 10 months ago but produce some excellent figures across her runs in the autumn. It would be a surprise to see Benaud or Stockman trouble the favoured runners.


Profondo, Forbidden Love and Hinged are among those that might take up the running and we should get something near an even tempo. Look for Anamoe and Mounga to settle midfield from their respective inside barriers. Hilal, Fangirl and Icebath are among those that like to get back. I am a big fan of Anamoe but am baulking at the price and think that Hilal can run a big race. He had little luck early on when resuming and gave Anamoe a big fright when second up at his last campaign. The Team Hawkes galloper has the edge in fitness this time around with the run under his belt in comparison to the favourite and the possibility of a Good 4 to Soft 6 track might be in his favour. Willie Pike rides from barrier 3 and as long as they don’t crawl early on, the pair can give this a big shake.