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Group 1 Winx Stakes Sees Star-Studded Line Up

The opening Group 1 contest of the Australian racing season shapes to be an entertaining watch, with 10 Group 1 winners amongst the 20 nominations for the Winx Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.

The nominations are dominated by the Chris Waller camp, who has named Verry Elleegant, Funstar, Imaging, Kolding, Mister Sea Wolf, and Star Of The Seas.

Melody Belle will be looking to show improvement from her plain first up performance when finishing last in the Group 2 Missile Stakes.

Master Of Wine is nominated, who is prominent in the betting for the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, and Melbourne Cup. Fellow Hawkes runner Zebrowski is also named.

Avilius will be seeking to bounce back from a lean autumn, with Flit the other nominated runner for the Godolphin operation.

Verry Elleegant heads the early All-In betting as a $5 favourite, with Master Of Wine at $6, then Funstar ($8), Melody Belle ($8), and The Bostonian ($8) the other runners in single figures.

See the full list of nominations here:

 Last 10Horse NameAgeTrainerHcp Rating
1147x54533xAVILIUS (GB)7James Cummings114
2122x13437xBRANDENBURG (NZ)4John Sargent106
3x405x6161xCON TE PARTIRO (USA)7Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott113
41205x2810xDREAMFORCE8John Thompson116
5x211x2348xFIERCE IMPACT (JPN)7Matthew Smith112
6914x1602x2FLIT4James Cummings107
7x211x2142xFUNSTAR4Chris Waller106
8x20x8100x3IMAGING (GB)6Chris Waller108
9111x45778xKOLDING (NZ)5Chris Waller110
10x2311x114xMASTER OF WINE (GER)6Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes108
11112x3346x6MELODY BELLE (NZ)6Jamie Richards115
126101x300x5MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE)9Chris Waller110
1381412x2322NICCANOVA7Steve Tregea108
14116162xPRAGUE3Ciaron Maher & David Eustace90
15x3121x140xQUACKERJACK5Mark Newnham106
169393x1720xSTAR OF THE SEAS (NZ)6Chris Waller107
170x9358x12xTHE BOSTONIAN (NZ)6Tony Pike116
18410x42212xVERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ)5Chris Waller116
19185310x39xWOLFE (JPN)6Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott99
2026x1122xZEBROWSKI (NZ)4Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes96