While markets for Perth’s Winterbottom Stakes 2013 Saturday week are led by dual Group 1 winner Buffering, another Queensland raider is also set for a big run in the sprint classic with Spirit Of Boom also making the trip west.
Rob Heathcote’s Mossman six-year-old Buffering is installed as the $2.60 top fancy in markets for the $500,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m0 at Ascot on November 23 having won the Group 1 Manikato Stakes – VRC Sprint Classic double in Melbourne this spring.
While in-form $3.8 million earner looks the one to beat when they head over for the Winterbottom during the Perth Summer Racing Carnival, rival Brisbane-based trainer Tony Gollan is also confident his horse Spirit Of Boom can bring some friendly competition.
The Sequalo stallion is also among the better fancied Winterbottom Stakes nominees paying $9 in the latest Ladbrokes.com.au pre-field markets.
Winner of the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) over Shamal Wind two back on Caulfield Cup Day, Spirit Of Boom was last seen running second to Fontelina in the Group 2 Yellowglen Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 2.
Their next run will be in the Winterbottom, a race they travelled over for 12 months ago running a close third when defeated just over half a length by local champion Barakey.
Spirit Of Boom was blocked for a run in last year’s Winterbottom and did well to finish as close as they did, and they will be out to atone in 2013 with the defending winner Barakey the current $4.80 second elect to go back-to-back.
Gollan told Sky Racing earlier in the week he was keen to head back over to Perth for this summer’s festival believing he has Spirit Of Boom much fresher this time.
“I’m really looking forward to getting over there,” Gollan said.
“At the end of summer last time I felt he went over there a little bit tired, he had a couple too many races getting there, and he still ran a courageous race.
“He ran really well, and Nash (Rawiller) rode him great as well, but I could just see that the horse was starting to feel the effects of a long preparation.
“This time his preparation has been tailored better; I think he is going in two runs less and the three week back from the Salinger into this is ideal.
“I think that this year he is going over there in much better shape and a little bit fresher in the legs.”
For this year’s Winterbottom Spirit Of Boom will be ridden by Nicholas Hall, the Caulfield Cup winning hoop having been aboard for all four of the horse’s runs this time in.
It’s an association Gollan is happy to continue with too.
“Nick has ridden him every run this prep and I think with every ride he has gotten a better understanding of the horse,” he said.
“It is a good combination; he has been a horse that we have struggled to keep riders on for one reason or another throughout his career and it is great to have a rider that is clicking with him.”
And as for meeting Buffering?
“He is in great form Buffering and he has had a couple of race in Melbourne that have really been run to suit him,” Gollan said.
“It is good reward for him because he has been in so many hard run races throughout his career and to come out the other side; his durability is unparalleled.
“He is going there with a tail full of wind and ready to win another one, they think.”
The 2013 Winterbottom Stakes final acceptances are due out on Monday, November 18, with the field to be published right here at Races.com.au.
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