Winchester Takes Next 2012 Spring Cups Step

September 18, 2012

Winchester Takes Next 2012 Spring Cups Step

John Sadler’s imported spring cups hopefuls Winchester is gearing up for their debut down under this weekend after the stallion was given a searching gallop at Caulfield on Tuesday morning.

Formerly prepared in America by Christophe Clemet, Theatrical stallion Winchester joined Sadler’s Flemington stables earlier this year having had 22 starts overseas for six wins – the most recent of which was in the Grade 1 Saratoga Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (2412m) in August last year which took their Group 1 tally up to four.

They had their first major piece of work in front of the public eye this morning in Melbourne showing off their big stride over 1400m on the course proper at Caulfield when ridden by Jamie Mott, their performance impressing stable rep Troy Corstens.

“I am really happy with him,” Corstens said of the horse that ran this morning’s final 400m in a smart 24.88 seconds.

“The last bit of work was his best. He has a beautiful action.”

Considered a strong chance for next month’s $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne on October 20, Winchester will resume racing off a lengthy break on Saturday with connections leaning towards the Underwood Stakes for their first-up assignment.

The eight-year-old is nominated for the $200,000 Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick in Sydney as well as two Caulfield features – the $400,000 Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and the $150,000 Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) both of which offer a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption to the winner.

“It is a tough assignment in the Underwood Stakes at weight-for-age and over only 1800-metres, but if he run past a few in the straight we will be happy,” Corstens said.

In the latest Caulfield Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au Winchester is a $71 roughie, a price that is sure to firm if they pull out a good run on the weekend.

Sadler is also hoping the horse will go through the grades this season and develop into a chance for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday November 6.

“I can’t wait to see him over two miles (for the Melbourne Cup),” Corstens said.

“He will run in the Caulfield Cup on the way through because he is qualified.

“He is right where we want him at the moment on his way to the Melbourne Cup.”

Winchester is much shorter in the Melbourne Cup odds paying $26.

Melbourne Cup weights were released by Racing Victoria today with the past two winners in Dunaden (2011) and Americain (2010) topping the handicaps at 58kg each.

Winchester meanwhile has been allocated 55kg along with the likes of last year’s runner-up Red Cadeaux, one time Caulfield Cup favourite December Draw, and 2007 Melbourne Cup champ Efficient.

To get behind your early Melbourne Cup betting favourites today at the guaranteed best prices head over to bookmaker.com.au and open an account with the online bookie rewarding its customers better starting with a $400 bonus bet upon sign-up when you use the code BONUSBET!

 

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field