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History making mare Winx heads up the list of first acceptances for the Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on day two of The Championships on April 14.

Winx, above, heads up the list of first acceptances for the 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Winx, above, heads up the list of first acceptances for the 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Sixty-four horses are left in contention for $4m weight for age contest after first acceptances were take on Tuesday.

Winx remains the short priced favourite for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at $1.20 with Ladbrokes.com.au and is one of fifteen horses from the Chris Waller stable still in the running.

Winx returned for the 2018 Autumn Carnival at Randwick on Saturday in dynamic form with a runaway seven lengths victory over Prized Icon in the Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on March 3 which took her overall wins to twenty-seven, her unbeaten run to twenty-three and her Group 1 wins to sixteen.

Japanese imports Admire Winner and Satano Rasen are among Waller’s first acceptances as well as Group 1 winners Egg Tart, Foxplay and Shillelagh and the well performer Tom Melbourne, Comin’ Through and D’Argento.

Group 1 winners Gailo Chop, Humidor and Tosen Stardom are among leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir’s five first acceptances and are joined by three year olds Peaceful State and Cliff’s Edge.

Leading Newcastle trainer Kris Lees also has strength in numbers with eight horses still in the running for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Prized Icon leading the troops.

The in-form Lindsay Park Team only have three first acceptors for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Australian Cup winner and third placegetter Harlem and Ventura Storm as well as Poetic Dream.

Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman lead the Kiwi assault with Francaletta, Lizzie L’Amour and Mission Hill.

Godolphin’s Group 1 flagbearer Hartnell in the lone first acceptor from the James Cummings stable while trainer Pat Webster has kept the dream alive with last Saturday’s Canterbury Stakes winner Happy Clapper still in contention for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Final acceptances for thee 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes will be taken on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

First acceptances for the 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 0x72586x65 ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent 102
2 155111×554 ACE HIGH C 3 David Payne 107
3 233323×672 ADMIRAL JELLO G 5 Kris Lees 92
4 5x13x3552x ADMIRE WINNER (JPN) H 4 Chris Waller 91
5 1x22027x07 AIDE MEMOIRE (NZ) M 6 Kris Lees 102
6 1x21402x24 ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Liam Howley 113
7 12x5116x50 ALOISIA (NZ) F 3 Aaron Purcell 105
8 x24x45x0x9 AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 6 Anthony Freedman 110
9 504082525x ARTICUS (FR) G 6 Kris Lees 94
10 6412127×56 AUVRAY (FR) G 7 Richard Freedman 103
11 432102×23 BRING ME ROSES F 3 Tony McEvoy 92
12 0222511×73 CLASSIC UNIFORM G 5 Gary Moore 109
13 812126×127 CLIFF’S EDGE C 3 Darren Weir 98
14 338x1160x3 COMIN’ THROUGH G 4 Chris Waller 103
15 3211x2x2x2 CONSENSUS (NZ) M 6 Stephen McKee
16 11×137 D’ARGENTO C 3 Chris Waller 88
17 33x42143x1 DIXIE BLOSSOMS M 5 Ron Quinton 108
18 1111x270x4 EGG TART M 4 Chris Waller 105
19 x0x360x314 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) H 6 Chris Waller 107
20 1x23475x38 FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller 111
21 110x1512x3 FRANCALETTA M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 98
22 143150×112 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir
23 x34x4x04x0 HALLELUJAH BOY (JPN) H 5 Kris Lees 78
24 5x121262x1 HAPPY CLAPPER G 7 Patrick Webster 114
25 515867×281 HARLEM (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
26 x12290x130 HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings
27 10x56685x6 HEAVENS ABOVE M 6 Tim Martin 107
28 x6813520x4 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 116
29 x173314x21 KARAVALI (NZ) M 4 Kris Lees 81
30 1x1661x50 LEVENDI C 3 Peter Gelagotis
31 22x253920x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 96
32 x76001221x LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 109
33 5x2114x397 LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 5 Archie Alexander 103
34 x0x65359x0 MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 102
35 x212135x40 MAIN STAGE (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 75
36 37x76430x0 MAURUS (GB) G 7 John P Thompson 98
37 95x84730x7 MCCREERY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 102
38 211×1156 MISSION HILL G 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 79
39 3x128x25x2 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 98
40 631×743 NETTOYER M 4 Wendy Roche 67
41 13x00118x6 ODEON (NZ) G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
42 13x72x203x ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (IRE) R 6 Chris Waller 108
43 5x810583x2 OREGON’S DAY M 4 Mick Price
44 312×1720 PEACEFUL STATE C 3 Darren Weir 77
45 22x6278x85 PERFECT RHYME M 4 Ron Leemon 85
46 13173×5 POETIC DREAM (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 92
47 202720×242 PRIZED ICON H 4 Kris Lees 107
48 x661x025x2 RADIPOLE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney 95
49 842122212x RISING RED (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 90
50 48x111x76x ROMAN SON G 4 Richard Freedman 70
51 1412x3x50x SARRASIN (GB) H 6 Richard Freedman 98
52 4x20x2x38x SATONO RASEN (JPN) H 6 Chris Waller 100
53 10x731x076 SHILLELAGH (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 109
54 90×5611103 SINGING (FR) H 8 Kris Lees 102
55 054420×225 SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive 109
56 35011254×9 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees 106
57 1x2x2x SUCCESS DAYS (IRE) H 6 Ken Condon
58 46925041×8 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 4 Liam Howley 107
59 x22226230x TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 104
60 x536181x02 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 115
61 5x76200x43 VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
62 59x1153x68 WHEAL LEISURE M 4 Archie Alexander 86
63 11x11111x1 WINX M 6 Chris Waller 132
64 12x70100x8 ZANBAGH M 7 John P Thompson 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.

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