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Funstar expected to shine in the early spring Sydney Group 1 races

Funstar is tipped to start the early part of her Sydney spring preparation in victorious fashion according to TAB.

The Chris Waller-trained rising four-year-old mare is the $6 ‘Pre Nominations’ favourite for the Group 1 WFA Winx Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on August 22 and the Group 1 WFA George Main Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on September 19.

Last year’s Flight Stakes winner is favoured over Master Of Wine (GER) and Verry Elleegant (NZ) who are on the second line at $8 in both races.

The Team Hawkes-trained Master Of Wine progressed impressively through the Sydney autumn and finished his campaign with a fourth placing in the Group 1 WFA Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m on April 11.

Verry Elleegant – a stablemate of Funstar – enjoyed a terrific autumn winning the Group Tancred Stakes and finishing second in the Grop 1 trio of the Chipping Norton Stakes, Ranvet Stakes and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Hungry Heart won the Sweet Embrace Stakes last February on her path to finishing fifth in the Golden Slipper and has opened the $8 ‘Pre Nominations’ favourite for the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on October 3.

Hungry Heart, the unbeaten Cherry Tortoni, dual Group 1 winner King’s Legacy and Mamaragan are $11 equal favourites in the ‘Pre Nominations’ market for the Spring Champion Stakes at Royal Randwick on October 10.

TAB ODDS

2020 Winx Stakes

$6           Funstar
$8           Master Of Wine
                Verry Elleegant
$11         Alligator Blood
                Brandenburg
                Dreamforce
                Fierce Impact
                Melody Belle
                Rubisaki
$15         Catalyst
                Con Te Partiro
                Fasika
                Flit
                Kolding
                Probabeel
$26+      Others Quoted

2020 George Main Stakes

$6           Funstar
$8           Master Of Wine
                Verry Elleegant
$11         Alligator Blood
                Brandenburg
                Fierce Impact
                Melody Belle
                Rubisaki
$15         Catalyst
                Con Te Partiro
                Dawn Passage
                Dreamforce
                Flit
                Kolding
                Probabeel
$26+      Others Quoted

2020 Flight Stakes

$8           Hungry Heart
$11         Away Game
                Personal
                See You Soon
$15         Fayerra
                Gotta Kiss
                Stellar Pauline
                Thermosphere
$26         Giovanna Run
                Lady Banff
                Macroura
                Mildred
                Minhaaj
                Muntaseera
                Philizzy
                Time Is Precious
                Vangelic
$51+      Others Quoted

2020 Spring Champion Stakes

$11         Cherry Tortoni
                Hungry Heart
                King’s Legacy
                Mamaragan
$15         Achiever
                Acrophobic
                Aim
                Alcyone
                Glenfiddich
                Holyfield
                Not An Option
                Ole Kirk
                Overlord
                Peltzer
                Prague
                Untamed
$26         Angel Helena
                Argenteus
                Azaly
                Bartley
                Blaze A Trail
                Cultural Amnesia
                Fayerra
                I Am Swerving
                Macleay
                North Pacific
                Oregon
                Philizzy
                Postcode
                Wheelhouse
                Yangtze Rapids
$51+      Others Quoted

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