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Triple Group 1 winner Alizee heads up the nominations for the 2019 Group 1 $500,000 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Alizee, above, heads up the nominations for the 2019 Winx Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Alizee, above, heads up the nominations for the 2019 Winx Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

The former Warwick Stakes was renamed after champion mare Winx took the honours in 2016 and 2017 before the super star mare won the race that was named after her last year when it was upgraded to Group 1 status.

Alizee is one of three James Cummings trained horses that make up the fourteen nominations for the Winx Stakes with the entry deadline extended until 11am on Tuesday, August 20.

Alizee has shown that she has returned in great order for her 2019 Spring Carnival campaign with a first up win in the Group 2 $200,000 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on August 10 and is in line to claim a fourth Group 1 trophy if she can produce the goods again on Saturday.

“She’s on the board fresh up, and the remainder of the campaign is there to see, and hopefully Hugh has had a similarly good feeling,” Cummings said.

“She’s an outstanding horse and we’re lucky enough to have her in the barn. It’s wonderful to see her get up and win a weight-for-age group 2 first-up. She seemed to do it the hard way. He took off very early on her, and if there was a way she was going to get beat it was going to be an impatient jockey.

“It was good to see her hold on, and there was a good margin back to third, so I suggest she would have rated very well even though the second horse came at her strongly. I’m just really pleased for her she’s back on the board and has come back in such good form.”

Cummings’ other two Winx Stakes entries are Group 1 winner Avilius and Best Of Days.

Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller has four entries with Kings Will Dream plus his three Oaks winners Unforgotten, Verry Elleegant and Youngstar.

Newcastle’s leading trainer Kris Lees has two entries with Invincible Gem and Le Romain while trainer Pat Webster has nominated veteran warhorse Happy Clapper.

The final field for the 2019 Winx Stakes will be released on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

Nominations for the 2019 Winx Stakes (1400m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1x111306x1 ALIZEE M 5 James Cummings 116
2 140x11511x AVILIUS (GB) G 6 James Cummings 118
3 713211x5Nx BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 6 James Cummings 108
4 x621x8132x DREAMFORCE G 7 John Thompson 110
5 x304319x36 GALA MOSHEA M 6 Brett Conlon 68
6 3x75x2284x HAPPY CLAPPER G 9 Patrick Webster 117
7 45x73810x2 INVINCIBLE GEM M 6 Kris Lees 108
8 11x43236Px KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 105
9 42x28496x3 LE ROMAIN G 7 Kris Lees 113
10 151241915x SAMADOUBT G 6 Bjorn Baker 97
11 154x17x163 SESAR H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
12 138x53403x UNFORGOTTEN M 5 Chris Waller 107
13 3157x2111x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 106
14 63276x059x YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller 107

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.