An early scratching for Saturday’s Winterbottom Stakes 2011 has seen local trainer Chris Gangemi withdraw one of his two hopes, The Entourage, leaving a 13-horse field to contest the lucrative Ascot sprint.
Set to run as Ascot Race 9 at 4:25pm (local time) on Saturday, the $500,000 Group 1 Burswood Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) will see the now Paul Messara-trained mare Ortensia vie for her second win in the feature following her 2009 success when the race held Group 2 status.
The clear favourite in the Winterbottom Stakes odds at Luxbet at a quote of $2.20, Ortensia will face 12 rivals now as she looks for her second win since coming out of retirement to take out the Listed G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on November 3.
Having come up trumps with gate two for Saturday Ortensia looks primed to do just that.
“She’s won the race before, has the same jockey (Craig Williams) and let’s hope she can do it again,” Messara said.
Meanwhile Gangemi will be represented by just one runner in the Winterbottom this year after the scratching of Flying Spur five-year-old The Entourage who will instead go ahead with an easier assignment running in Race 10 on Saturday, the $45,000 Carlton Dry Handicap (1000m).
The Entourage was rated a $41 chance in the Winterbottom Stakes betting markets at Luxbet and was drawn in barrier 11.
Their removal from the field and markets will see Elusive Touch ($21), Kid Choisir ($9) and All Friared Up ($9) all move in one gate, the trio now to start from barriers 13, 12 and 11 respectively.
Gagnemi’s sole hope now lies in Werd paying $26 to claim an upset.
Drawn ideally in barrier six, Hussonet seven-year-old Werd was last seen running a close second to fellow Winterbottom Stakes rival Avante ($21) in the Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m).
See below for the latest Winterbottom Stakes odds that you can lock in right now at Luxbet.
2011 Winterbottom Stakes Odds
Ascot Race 9 – 19/11/2011
|1||GRAND NIRVANA (10)||8.00|
|5||KID CHOISIR (13)||9.00|
|6||EGOS DARE (5)||31.00|
|8||THE ENTOURAGE (11)||–|
|9||ELUSIVE TOUCH (14)||21.00|
|12||FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (8)||51.00|
|13||ALL FRIARED UP (12)||9.00|
*Fixed Win Odds provided by Luxbet and subject to change