Winx at the top of 2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1st acceptances

By: Mark Mazzaglia
March 7th, 2017

Trainer Chris Waller’s champion mare Winx is the top rated horse in the first acceptances for the Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 8, day two of ‘The Championships’.

Winx, above, is among the first acceptances for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Winx, above, is among the first acceptances for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Sixty-one horses are still in contention for the $4m weight for age Autumn Carnival feature with Winx being one of ten horses from the Waller stable among the first acceptances.

Waller’s other first acceptances for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes are Antonio Giuseppe, Arod, Comin’ Through, Endless Drama, McCreery, Omei Sword, Preferment, Vanbrugh and Who Shot Thebarman.

Winx has captured the Australian racing public by storm and collected her fifteenth straight win and tenth Group 1 win last start with another comprehensive victory in winning her second Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on February 25.

The five year old mare sits at the top of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes market order at $1.35 with Ladbrokes.com.au well ahead of her nearest rival Hartenll at $11.

Hartnell is one of four first acceptors for trainer John O‘Shea and is joined by European imports Floodlight and Spectroscope as well as Australian Group 1 performer Hauraki.

Multiple Group 1 winner Black Heart Bart heads up leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir’s contingent of five first acceptors, the others being Humidor, Palentino, Stratum Star and Japanese import Tosen Stardom.

Black Heart Bart is racing in outstanding form with back to back Caulfield Group 1 wins in the $500,000 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) on February 11 and in the $500,000 italktravel Futurity Stakes (1400m) two week later.

Other notable first acceptors for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes are the Robert Hickmott trained The United States, Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon and Australian Derby winner Tavago.

The United States was racing in great form during the 2016 Sydney Autumn and collected a win in the Group 1 $700,000 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill before running second the Kris Lees trained Lucia Valentina in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Lucia Valentina isn’t here this year but Lees has his multiple Group 1 winner Le Romain as well as Sense Of Occasion and German import Singing among the first acceptances for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

First Acceptances for the 2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 111×84 ABBEY MARIE M 4 Michael Kent 97
2 x808462x00 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
3 6x511112x1 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 103
4 3x00352x02 AROD (IRE) H 6 Chris Waller 107
5 917x277x41 ASTRONOMOS (GB) G 6 John P Thompson 97
6 x12129x211 BLACK HEART BART G 6 Darren Weir 114
7 121×533 COMIN’ THROUGH C 3 Chris Waller 90
8 112x3x321x CONSENSUS (NZ) M 5 Stephen McKee
9 x1290x1211 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) G 4 Desleigh Forster 103
10 249×232924 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
11 06116×1133 ECUADOR (NZ) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 108
12 x3915x0x36 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) H 5 Chris Waller 104
13 3x12x210x2 EURO ANGEL (NZ) M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 99
14 3x183538x6 EXOSPHERIC (GB) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 112
15 x1240x518x FIRST SEAL M 5 John P Thompson 110
16 14x120143x FLOODLIGHT (USA) H 4 John O’Shea 84
17 3x230x533x FOUNDATION (IRE) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 100
18 23x56469x2 HAPPY CLAPPER G 6 Patrick Webster 107
19 611x92384x HARLEM (GB) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98
20 x211123x28 HARTNELL (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 115
21 22x12182x3 HAURAKI G 5 John O’Shea 112
22 x7323590x1 HE OR SHE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
23 22x41670x9 HEAVENS ABOVE M 5 Tim Martin 103
24 11x1110x87 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 108
25 x31129x422 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 4 Darren Weir 100
26 1734 IMPAVIDO G 3 Bjorn Baker 63
27 x471210x44 JAMEKA M 4 Ciaron Maher
28 35x046741x JESSY BELLE M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98
29 51429×338 LAND OF PLENTY C 3 Grahame Begg 72
30 7x22251x11 LE ROMAIN G 4 Kris Lees 113
31 123×115 MAN FROM UNCLE G 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings 86
32 x6251162x1 MCCREERY (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 106
33 114x82876x MIME (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 95
34 110x7111x6 NEW TIPPERARY G 4 Joseph Pride 88
35 1182×53 NO DOUBT H 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings 68
36 1x01x7 NURSE KITCHEN (NZ) F 3 David Brideoake 82
37 129x12x2 OMEI SWORD F 3 Chris Waller 92
38 5501x5860x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman 111
39 451008×446 PALENTINO H 4 Darren Weir 111
40 10x4540x60 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 5 Chris Waller 114
41 x463351x62 PRIZED ICON C 3 James Cummings 107
42 2×61331125 RED EXCITEMENT G 7 Gerald Ryan 110
43 5120x5x21x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 99
44 312×7 RIGHTEOUS MATE (NZ) G 3 Mark Newnham 68
45 0x274088x2 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 104
46 x454282x06 SEABURGE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
47 641454x12x SENSE OF OCCASION G 6 Kris Lees 103
48 2x145x227x SINGING (FR) H 7 Kris Lees 97
49 x402211Fx7 SINGLE GAZE M 4 Nick Olive 103
50 x165344x40 SO SI BON C 3 Robbie Laing 78
51 x121x090x7 SOFIA ROSA (NZ) M 4 Stephen Marsh 104
52 21x13433x SPECTROSCOPE (USA) H 4 John O’Shea 81
53 33×8502111 STRATUM STAR H 5 Darren Weir 111
54 13061x00x5 TAVAGO (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 105
55 212x6145x3 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott
56 50×2152427 TOO GOOD TO REFUSE H 4 Desleigh Forster 95
57 x51709x4x2 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 110
58 49x549169x VANBRUGH H 4 Chris Waller 103
59 x6527255x3 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 108
60 11x1111x11 WINX M 5 Chris Waller 132
61 515x0560x2 ZANBAGH M 6 John P Thompson 99

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