Australia’s super star mare Winx plus ten others make up the nominations for the 2017 Group 2 $250,000 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Winx, above, is among the nominations for the Warwick Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Winx, above, is among the nominations for the Warwick Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Winx will kick off her 2017 Spring Carnival in the Warwick Stakes on her way to attempting to win her third successive Group 1 $3m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 28.

Winx will be having her first run back since winning the Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 8, her seventeenth win on the trot, and will head into Saturday’s weight for age contest with two recent Randwick barrier trials under her belt.

The Chris Waller trained mare finished third in a 900m trial on July 24 and then scored her first ever barrier trial win over 1000m on August 8.

Waller was very happy with Winx’s latest hit out and expects her to be spot on for her return to the race track on the weekend.

“That will just take the edge off of her and see her at the Warwick Stakes in picture perfect order,” Waller told the press conference following Winx’s trial win.

Waller has also nominated Winx’s stablemates Antonio Giuseppe, Foxplay and Who Shot Thebarman who will all be first up in the Warwick Stakes.

Leading Newcastle trainer Kris Lees has entered his smart mare Invincible Gem who returned to the race track in winning fashion with her victory in the Group 2 $200,000 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 5.

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott has nominated Ecuador for the Warwick Stakes and the High Chaparral gelding performed well at Group 1 level during the 2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival with two thirds at Caulfield in the $500,000 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) and in the $500,000 italktravel Futurity Stakes (1400m)

Rosehill trainer Gerald Rayn has nominated Harper’s Choice and Red Excitement, James Cummings has entered his stayer Allergic, Teams Hawkes has Randwick Guineas winner Inference and John Thompson has nominated the seven year old mare Zanbagh.

The Australian Turf Club has extended the nominations for the Warwick Stakes until 11am on Tuesday August 15, 2017 with the final acceptances being at 9am on Wednesday August 16, 2017

Nominations for the 2017 Warwick Stakes (1400m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 3x5543321x ALLERGIC G 6 James Cummings 106
2 1112x1240x ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 103
3 16x113380x ECUADOR (NZ) G 8 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 110
4 114x24141x FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller 110
5 31212652×5 HARPER’S CHOICE H 4 Gerald Ryan 89
6 1433x5126x INFERENCE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
7 x1541112x1 INVINCIBLE GEM M 4 Kris Lees 108
8 613311255x RED EXCITEMENT G 8 Gerald Ryan 108
9 7255x3642x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 9 Chris Waller 108
10 1111x1111x WINX M 6 Chris Waller 132
11 0560x2612x ZANBAGH M 7 John P Thompson 108

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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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