Champion jockey Damien Oliver retains the ride on flying mare Angelic Light when she looks to break her Group 1 maiden in Perth’s 2014 Winterbottom Stakes on November 22.
Oliver rode the Robbie Griffiths-trained daughter of Holy Roman Emperor last time out on October 24 under the lights at Moonee Valley where she ran a luckless second just a nose off the world’s highest rated sprinter Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m).
The second placed hoop lodged a protest against the Manikato winner and his jockey Craig Newitt after Angelic Light was badly checked near the start, but it was dismissed and the original placings stood.
He will get the chance to atone for the Group 1 loss when he heads west to partner the five-year-old again, this time in the $750,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot Racecourse Saturday week.
Before the Manikato Angelic Light had another three top runs at Moonee Valley including a win in the Group 2 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes (1000m) over Lankan Rupee, and a fourth when beaten under a length by last year’s Winterbottom Stakes winner Buffering in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) on September 26.
She also boasts Group 1 form in Adelaide from last year when second behind Platelet in the 2013 Robert Sangster Classic, but Saturday will be her first run in Western Australia.
Her Cranbourne-based trainer Griffiths is pleased with how she came through the Manikato run and is excited to run her again in the Railway with Oliver in the saddle after opting to bypass last weekend’s Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington in favour of the Perth race.
“It will give her four weeks in between runs,” he told The Herald Sun.
“Damien Oliver has been booked to ride, and she is in good order.”
Angelic Light is the clear $3.80 favourite in the latest Winterbottom Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
She sits ahead of last year’s runner-up Moment Of Change ($6), the doubtful virus-stricken Barakey ($8) and his stable mate the fellow Jim Taylor-trained Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes winner Magnifisio ($8).
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