Seven Group 1 winners will line up for Saturday’s featured 2016 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Winx remains a clear and justifiably $1.30 favourite in 2016 Warwick Stakes betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of Lucia Valentina ($5.50) and Rebel Dane ($8).
Will Winx return to racing for another slick win in the Warwick Stakes 2016, or will one of her rivals post the day’s big upset?
There is virtually no value in backing Winx on Saturday, but so is the quality of the mare and she should simply prove too good for her rivals in 2016 Warwick Stakes first-up. Resuming in spring last year for a classy win in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m), the Street Cry mare continued with wins in each of the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m). Returning this year for success in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m), she subsequently posted wins in each of the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m). Winx’s record speaks for itself, she is weighted extremely well this weekend and will leave from the ideal barrier 4 with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
Generally a stayer, Godolphin runner Hartnell is known for a strong first-up performance and could very well receive the run of the race in the Warwick Stakes from barrier 3, with James McDonald aboard. Winner of the 2015 edition of the Group 1 The BMW (2400m), Hartnell resumed last spring for fourth in the talent-rich Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m); progressing to sixth in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) before running fifth in the Cox Plate. Hartnell is over the 2016 Warwick Stakes odds at $3.70 to finish in the places.
Rebel Dane ($8)
Rebel Dane will likely have a fitness edge on his rivals and should produce a smart performance from barrier 2 in the Warwick Stakes. Resuming in autumn for third in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m), the California Dane entire progressed to fifth in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) and fourth in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) most notably. Having resumed this time for second in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) a fortnight ago, Rebel Dane is sure to relish a return to his pet distance on Saturday.
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