Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) favourite Angelic Light has drawn a good midfield barrier for the sprint race in Perth this Saturday, with the full barrier draw being announced on Wednesday morning.
The Robbie Griffiths-trained mare opened the Winterbottom Stakes betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au as $3 favourite, which she has managed to maintain over the last couple of days.
The five-year-old makes her way over to Perth for the first time after a successful 2014 spring carnival campaign. After over one year off the track between her second placing in the Group 1 Sangster Classic (1200m) in April 2013 and her return in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) in August 2014, punters didn’t know what to make of Angelic Light. However she finished well in third place.
She then went on to win the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) before making her return to Group One racing. The mare tried hard in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m), finishing less than one length off the winner in fourth place, and probably should have won the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) if she wasn’t badly checked at the start.
Angelic Light has yet to jump from a gat wider than six in her last five starts, which will continue into the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes after she drew barrier five. Champion hoop Damien Oliver, who has tackled the race four times previously, will be in the saddle. Barrier five is one of the most successful in the race’s history, bringing home four winners since 1983.
Jason Warren was adamant that a wide draw was pivotal to Bel Sprinter’s success in the Winterbottom Stakes, stating that anything lower than four would leave the gelding in the gates too long which would cause him to miss the jump.
The trainer can rest easy as the seven-year-old has drawn barrier eight, which has also brought home four winners in the last 30 years.
Peter Moody’s Moment Of Change is the second favourite in the fixed-odds betting market at $4.40 and has drawn well in barrier four.
The six-year-old gelding has experience on the course proper unlike many of his eastern rivals, running in last year’s Winterbottom Stakes where he finished just a nose off the win in second place. He had a brilliant autumn preparation on his return to Melbourne, winning both the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m).
His return in the spring wasn’t as successful however, dropping out of the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) first up despite looking like the winner at the 500 metres and seeing his run die in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) two months later.
Local talent Tiger Pete has drawn barrier one, which means the gelding will enjoy the inside run on the Ascot track.
Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) winner Shining Knight has drawn wide in barrier 12. Only eight winners in the last 30 years have started from barrier 10 or wider, so it would seem a good gate is crucial in the sprint race.
The Grant Williams-trained gelding has finished in the first three in all of his last six starts though, so he could easily break this tradition.
Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) winner Magnifisio will jump from barrier 11 while Watermans Bay will jump from barrier seven on his return to Perth racing.
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2014 Winterbottom Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|1||x2110x2085||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||4||58.5kg|
|2||0460x211x8||SIDESTEP||John O’Shea||Nash Rawiller||2||58.5kg|
|3||8x94800x16||BEL SPRINTER||Jason Warren||Ben Melham||8||58.5kg|
|4||744212×766||WATERMANS BAY||Mark Kavanagh||Steven Arnold||7||58.5kg|
|5||12x1211x32||TESTAMEZZO||Daniel Pearce||Peter Knuckey||10||58.5kg|
|6||31512223×1||SHINING KNIGHT||Grant Williams||William Pike||12||58.5kg|
|7||90x780x635||TIGER PETE||Steve Wolfe||Shaun Mc Gruddy||1||58.5kg|
|8||108x44x131||ECLAIR BIG BANG (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||9||58.5kg|
|9||153×211115||ROCK MAGIC||Chris Gangemi||Jarrad Noske||13||58.5kg|
|10||4x555x3x24||WINDSWEPT||Chris Gangemi||Brad Parnham||6||58.5kg|
|11||x0x2612461||YSMAEL||Adam Durrant||Joseph Azzopardi (a)||3||58.5kg|
|12||111x114x41||MAGNIFISIO||Jim P Taylor||Jason Brown||11||56.5kg|
|13||32512×3142||ANGELIC LIGHT||Robbie Griffiths||Damien Oliver||5||56.5kg|