Five-year-old Angelic Light has come close to success at the highest level of racing three times but a win has so far eluded her.
The Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot this Saturday could be the mare’s shot at breaking her Group One maiden. She’s $3 favourite in the Ladbrokes.com.au betting market and is due to get a great start from barrier five.
Angelic Light isn’t the only one chasing her first Group One win, the mare’s trainer Robbie Griffiths is still without one too.
The pair had their best chance in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) last time out, missing out by just a nose to Lankan Rupee. The mare did well to work her way through the field after getting badly checked at the start. She was close to the front on the point of the bend before flashing through to just miss the win. Her connections lodged a protest following the race since she was inconvenienced twice in the race however it was dismissed.
She also won the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) and finished less than one length off winner Buffering in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) during her spring campaign. This form has helped her lead the betting ahead of the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes.
Griffiths told Racing Victoria he was happy with how the mare has pulled up since flying to Perth last Friday.
“We are very happy with her at the moment,” he said.
“She’s in Perth and has travelled really well. She did some pace work this morning and is in good order. She’s drawn well, has the right form, has Damien Oliver on board and appears to have travelled over in terrific condition.
“Following her Melbourne form I can definitely see why she’s the favourite and we are confident that she can win.”
Angelic Light is in good order, has great form, drawn well, with a champion jockey in the saddle. On paper the mare has the Winterbottom Stakes in the bag but Griffiths is well aware the win won’t be that simple, especially with twelve tough rivals to beat home including Peter Moody’s Moment Of Change.
“The competition is particularly good and the horses that have followed her over from the eastern states are in also in great form,” Griffiths said.
“It’s hard to ignore Moment Of Change – he’s a seasoned campaigner, travelled over here before and ran a great race in the Darley Classic at Flemington. So there are a lot of pluses to his form at the moment as well.
“It’s also hard to beat the locals, whether they’re in the right form or not. There are still some great chances and they haven’t had to travel, so you can’t underestimate the locals.”
Moment Of Change is on the second line of betting to win the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes, paying $4.20 to win at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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