Group 1 racing for the season kicks off on Saturday and racing fans will be delighted with Chris Waller’s superstar mare Verry Elleegant, who is expected to return to the Winx Stakes (1400m).
James McDonald was booked to drive the eight-time Group 1 winner who won the 2020 edition of the race and was a $ 2.80 favorite in the futures markets before the bets were closed.
A total of 15 nominations were accepted for the renewal of the age weight feature on Saturday, with Waller also taking on the Australian Oaks winner Hungry Heart along with Group 1 actors Kolding, Star Of The Seas and Imaging.
James Cummings has welcomed Doncaster Mile winner Cascadian along with Golden Eagle Queen Colette, while returning four-year-old Mo’unga is expected to be re-welcomed.
Hawkes Racing has nominated Cup hopefuls Master Of Wine and the promising Mount Popa, while Bjorn Baker begins prep for She’s Ideel, en route to The Metropolitan, before targeting the Melbourne Cup.
One to look out for is Matt Smith’s Japanese import Keiai Nautique, a brother of Fierce Impact that brings shape behind Almond Eye and Danon Premium.
Fifteen three-year-old fillies aiming for the Princess Series were nominated for the Silver Shadow Stakes of Group 2 (1200 m), with well-performed pups Four Moves Ahead, She’s All Class, Jamaea and Glistening among the entries.
Other feature events on the map include Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m). Star mare Icebath is among the 16 nominees for the race alongside the four-year-old Prime Star, Private Eye and Wisdom Of Water.
Hilal placed in Group 1 is the only three-year-old registered for the event.
A total of 26 are registered for the Toy Show Quality (1100m) for mares and mares. James Richards has nominated Kiwi star Entrivière for a return, while Forbidden Love, Tailleur and Written Beauty also appear.
The Randwick track was rated soft (5) on Monday morning. The rail will be in the true position on Saturday.
A good weather forecast during the week should ensure the race takes place on a good (4) with no forecast of rain in Sydney.
CLICK HERE for the full list of nominations for Winx Stakes Day in Randwick.