Super Saturday kicks off the Perth Summer Racing Carnival at Ascot tomorrow, with three Group races on the schedule including the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
The $750,000 race has attracted a field of 13 talented sprinters, made up in equal parts by local horses and the brave few that made the long journey over from the eastern states.
The Robbie Griffiths-trained Angelic Light is favourite in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, offering punters a winning price of $3.
Her favouritism is owed in large part to her form in Melbourne during the spring campaign. She finished in the top four in each of four starts, narrowly missing out on Group One success in the Manikato Stakes (1200m) last time out – just a nose behind Lankan Rupee.
Peter Moody’s Moment Of Change is not far behind her in the betting, offering odds of $4.20. The market mover has seen her price steadily shorten from her opening price of $4.60.
Will the two eastern state favourites swoop in and claim the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes trophy? Or can one of locally-trained horses keep it in Perth for another year?
Check out our betting tips for the race below to get an idea of who to back on Saturday.
#13 Angelic Light ($3)
You can’t go past the favourite in the 2014 Wintebottom Stakes, considering punters have the chance to triple their money. Seven of the last 10 Winterbottom Stakes favourites have win and just one has failed to place so the five-year-old mare is a safe each-way bet at the very least. Angelic Light is the most improved sprinting mare after a stellar spring campaign. She served up a shock defeat to Lankan Rupee in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes before finishing a respectable fourth to last year’s winner Buffering in the Group 1 Moir Stakes. She ran a very close second to Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) her last time out, which she perhaps should have won after suffering interference twice. If she can bring her eastern form to the race she’ll be unbeatable. Angelic Light is in form, in good condition, has a great draw (barrier five) and champion hoop (Damien Oliver) in the saddle.
#12 Magnifisio ($8.50)
The talented Perth-based horses can’t be ruled out entirely, and the Jim P Taylor-trained mare is one of the best – offering punters great value in the betting market. She has one of the best Place Rates of the field, winning 11 of her 21 career starts and placing in a further six. The mare is a last start winner after taking out the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on November 8, which followed a solid fourth place run in the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m). Will need to overcome a wide draw from barrier 11 however she has Jason Brown in the saddle, who is the most successful Winterbottom Stakes hoop since 1983.
#1 Moment Of Change ($4.20)
Peter Moody’s gelding missed out on the Winterbottom Stakes last year by just a nose before going on to win two Group One races during the autumn in Melbourne. He didn’t have much luck in the Manikato Stakes, finishing less than one length behind Lankan Rupee, before running fifth in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m), which was the best sprint of the season. Considering the competition he faced then compared to now, he’s in with a real chance.
If you fancy our 2014 Winterbottom Stakes betting tips, back them at Ladbrokes.com.au today.
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