2014 Winterbottom Stakes Barrier Draw

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.

Winterbottom Stakes favourite Angelic Light has drawn well in the race from barrier five.

Winterbottom Stakes favourite Angelic Light has drawn well in the race from barrier five. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

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.

Check out the complete 2014 Winterbottom Stakes final field & barrier draw below before opening your Ladbrokes.com.au online betting account and placing a bet.

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2014 Winterbottom Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
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

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