2014 Winterbottom Stakes Favourite Works Well at Ascot

Robbie Griffiths’ Cranbourne raider Angelic Light put in a pleasing piece of work at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse this morning ahead of the Winterbottom Stakes 2014 back at the track on Saturday.

Angelic Light (outside)

Angelic Light (outside) is firm favourite to win her first Group 1 race in Perth’s Railway Stakes 2014 on Saturday. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

In her final gallop before shooting for a maiden Group 1 win in the $750,000 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on the weekend, the Holy Roman Emperor mare was on show as part of the ‘Breakfast with the Stars’ proceedings.

While Griffiths hasn’t yet made the trip west for the Perth Summer Racing Carnival, he was thrilled to hear reports back from local trainer Simon Miller who Angelic Light is stabled with for her bid over there post-gallop on Tuesday morning.

“She worked this morning on the course proper and she strode up over 1000(m) and did her last 400 in a comfortable gallop,” Griffiths, who heads to Perth on Wednesday afternoon, told RSN.

“She worked really well and Simon Miller, who is looking after her, was very happy with her and she pulled up great.

“She’s doing really well.”

The five-year-old on Saturday shoots for her first win since beating home Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee home in the Group 2 Mitty’s McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on September 6 second-up from a tendon injury enforced break.

In her latest run Lankan Rupee turned the tables on her when Angelic Light ran a luckless second a nose off the world’s highest rated sprinter in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) back at the Valley on October 24 after suffering early interference in the Cox Plate Carnival showdown.

While the Mick Price-trained Manikato Stakes champ backed up on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington for a third to Terravista in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m), Griffiths resisted the temptation and instead saved Angelic Light for the Winterbottom Stakes.

“She’s well and truly exceeded any expectations we had coming back off a long time off the scene,” Griffiths said.

“We were just happy to get her back on track and it’s been an absolute bonus that she’s actually improved her form from where she left off and has come up another notch and match it with the best sprinters at the time.

“We’re very pleased and pinch ourselves all the time with how fortunate we are.”

In the Manikato Stakes, Angelic Light had Damien Oliver in the saddle and the champion hoop stays on for Saturday in the Winterbottom Stakes.

Oliver and his mount are the firm $3 favourites in the latest Winterbottom Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au to win sitting ahead of last year’s runner-up Moment Of Change ($4.60) for Peter Moody.

The markets could have a shake-up however following the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes barrier draw to be conducted from the Crown Perth Casino this evening so stay tuned.

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