2020 Winx Stakes - Avilius tipped to follow in the footsteps of champion mare Winx

Avilius the best-backed runner in Winx Stakes to kick off the Sydney Spring Carnival
Winx Stakes
Winx won't be winning the Winx Stakes this year but a quality field lines up


Winx Stakes Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


DateAugust 16, 2020
Time3:00pm
TrackRandwick
Distance1400m
ConditionsWFA
Prize Money$500,000
Age3YO+

The Winx Stakes is named after champion mare Winx, which scored a win in this race from 2016-2018.

There will be a new winner this season following her retirement and a quality field has been nominated for the Randwick Group 1 feature.

Betting markets for the 2019 Winx Stakes are headed by Avilius, Verry Elleegant and Happy Clapper – all of which have a good chance of winning.

There has been strong money for numerous runners and it should be one of the more competitive races this spring following the domination from Winx over the last three years.

2020 Winx Stakes Best Bet – Avilius @ 3.50


James Cummings lines up the talented six-year-old gelding which has won 10 of his 18 career starts.

The imported son of Pivotal scored consecutive wins at Group 1 level following his unlucky run for 22nd in the 2018 Melbourne Cup. He rebounded initially with wins at Caulfield before winning the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill.

That was backed up with a win in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes before heading out for a spell. It’s tough to overlook that form and he tends to find form quickly in his campaign.

He’s also nominated for the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley and will be using the Winx Stakes as a freshener before the big Group 1’s of the spring carnival.

Avilius
Avilius is a strong chance of winning the Winx Stakes

2020 Winx Stakes Best Each Way – Night's Watch @ 6.00


Night’s Watch has been the biggest betting move in the race. The Maher/Eustace-trained runner has firmed into 6.00 despite producing a disappointing season when last in work.

His most recent starts include an 11th, 12th and 10th-placed finishes. We need to go back to February when he ran fourth in the Peter Young Stakes at Caulfield to find any good form.

However, the betting is interesting and clearly he’s doing good work at home. 

Punters will be taking a risk with the 6.00, so watch for further betting moves to see if the market adjusts itself.

2020 Winx Stakes Best Roughie – Le Romain @ 11.00


Kris Lees lines up the experienced customer which resumes for his spring campaign in the Missile Stakes at Rosehill on August 10.

The seven-year-old has class with over $4.1 million in the bank and that should be respected in this field.

The son of Hard Spun didn’t quite find his best form when last in work but he was good enough to run fourth in the All-Star Mile behind Cox Plate favourite Mystic Journey.

There’s little wrong with that form and if he can find something close to his best form, punters will be loving the 11.00 on offer from bookmakers.

Verdict

Avilius is all class as shown by his consecutive Group 1 victories last preparation. He usually finds form quickly and should be right around the mark here.

 Night’s Watch and Le Romain are offering punters with good value in the betting.
Best Bet: Avilius @ 3.50 at bet365 - 5 Units
Best Each Way: Night's Watch @ 6.00 at bet365 - 2 Units
Best Roughie: Le Romain @ 11.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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Betting Slip | 23 Aug 2019

Winx Stakes

Best Bet

Bet 5 Win 17.50
Avilius

Best Each Way

Bet 2 Win 12.00
Night's Watch

Best Roughie

Bet 1 Win 11.00
Le Romain
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