Waller Wins G1 Winx with Fangirl

Tara Madgwick - Saturday August 19

The $1million Group I ATC Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday was the first Group I race of the new Australian racing season and with seven runners champion trainer Chris Waller was expected to be hard to beat with his favoured runner Fangirl in the Ingham cerise edging out her stablemate Princess Grace (USA) and race favourite Zaaki (GB) in third place.

Fangirl wins the $1million G1 Winx Stakes - image Steve Hart

A homebred for the Ingham family, Fangirl won the Group I ATC Vinery Stud Stakes at three, but went winless last season thanks to the spate of heavy tracks and the might of Anamoe.

With Anamoe preparing to cover his first book of mares at Darley this spring and El Nino bringing to an end the relentless wet weather, Fangirl may have found her time to shine.

Tuned up with a couple of recent trials and an exhibition gallop, she was fit and ready to fire with James McDonald in the saddle and produced her trademark late sprint to get up on the line giving her trainer his milestone 150th Group I win.


"She was the Happy Clapper (to Anamoe) so she has got her day in the sun again today and it was a fitting result, 150 Group Ones and in the cerise (silks)," Waller said.

"One Group One, you never forget them, but to win 150, I thank my team."

Waller was well pleased with all of his runners.

"Osipenko was good, Princess Grace was second - she just about pinched it and she's got a good win in her," Waller said. 

"Hinged wasn't far away running fourth, Francesco Guardi was just in behind them. 

"Barrier draws made it hard for some of them like Lindermann and even Montefilia, but they were all well prepared going into the race …. and I think they should all bounce out of their runs." 

Fangirl is back in the G1 winning groove - image Steve Hart

James McDonald  posted his 80th Group I win on Fangirl, who is set to target the $5million King Charles Stakes (1600m) on October 14.

"Now the big boy (Anamoe) is out of the way, she's a five-year-old and she's fully furnished," McDonald said.

"She's been racing against the best horses for a very long time and she deserved it." 

Foaled and raised at Coolmore for the Ingham family, Fangirl has six wins and six placings from 19 starts earning $3.9million and is the best of five winners from Little Surfer Girl, who was bought by the Ingham’s for $1.5million at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

By champion sire Encosta de Lago from Champion 3YO Filly and dual Group I winner Special Harmony, Little Surfer Girl won three stakes races for the Ingham’s during her career and earned over $400,000 in prizemoney. Two of her daughters are already at stud and have produced current season performers in Group placed filly Cigar Flick and super consistent metro winner Waverider Buoy.

Little Surfer Girl has a yearling filly by Wootton Bassett (GB) and is due to foal to Home Affairs.

Fangirl is one of eight Group I winner for the late great Widden Stud based Golden Slipper winning sire Sebring, who passed away in 2019.



Race Result - Winx Stakes Gr1 1400m

Randwick Track: Soft(6) Time: 1:24.11
- 5m Sebring (AUS) x Little Surfer Girl (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: J B Mc Donald 57
Princess Grace
- 7m Karakontie (JPN) x Masquerade (USA) (Silent Name (JPN))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: B Prebble 57
- 9g Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) x Kesara (GB) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
Tnr: Annabel Neasham Rdr: Jamie Kah 59
- 5m Worthy Cause (AUS) x Tints (AUS) (Tycoon Ruler (AUS))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: K Mc Evoy 57
- 4h Pierro (AUS) x Raskova (USA) (Henrythenavigator (USA))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: B Avdulla 58.5
Think It Over
- 8g So You Think (NZ) x Personal Service (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
Tnr: K J Parker Rdr: N Rawiller 59
- 6m Shamus Award (AUS) x Meerlust (AUS) (Johannesburg (USA))
Tnr: Edward Cummings Rdr: J R Collett 57
- 6m Kermadec (NZ) x Bana Wu (GB) (Shirocco (GER))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: Dylan Gibbons 57
King Colorado
- 3c Kingman (GB) x More Aspen (USA) (More Than Ready (USA))
Tnr: C Maher & D Eustace Rdr: Ms L Day 50.5
Francesco Guardi
- 6g Frankel (GB) x Trophee (FR) (Mr Sidney (USA))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: J Ford 59
- 4g Russian Revolution (AUS) x Cappadocia (AUS) (Northern Meteor (AUS))
Tnr: Michael Freedman Rdr: Tyler Schiller 58.5
- 4h Lonhro (AUS) x Self Esteem (AUS) (Stratum (AUS))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: J Bowman 58.5
Navajo Peak
- 5g Territories (IRE) x Ship Rock (AUS) (Authorized (IRE))
Tnr: David Payne Rdr: J Parr 59
Major Beel
- 4g Savabeel (AUS) x Gram (NZ) (O'reilly (NZ))
Tnr: G Waterhouse & A Bott Rdr: Tim Clark 58.5
Golden Mile
- 4h Astern (AUS) x Calaverite (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: James Cummings Rdr: C Schofield 58.5
- 6h Savabeel (AUS) x Chandelier (NZ) (O'reilly (NZ))
Tnr: Annabel Neasham Rdr: S Clipperton 59
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