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A talented field of sixteen sprinters has been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s featured 2015 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Five-time Group 1 champion Buffering has returned to racing in typically slick form this time and remains outright $4 favourite in 2015 Winterbottom Stakes betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Undoubtedly register career-best form through the 2013 Spring Carnival, Buffering ran second in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) before taking out each of the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m), Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) and Winterbottom Stakes in succession.
Returning last year for success in the Moir Stakes most notably, the Mossman gelding successfully defended his crown at Moonee Valley first-up this time; progressing to fifth in the Manikato Stakes and fourth in the Darley Classic last time.
Allocated barrier 10, regular hoop Damian Browne will take the ride on Buffering in the Winterbottom Stakes, who should prove very hard to beat.
Fast ‘N’ Rocking has returned to racing in similarly impressive form this time and arguably offers punters the best value for money at current Winterbottom Stakes odds of $5.50 for success.
Interestingly yet to break through for a maiden win at the highest level, Fast ‘N’ Rocking returned to racing this year for third in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) in March; progressing to fourth in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) and sixth in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) most notably in autumn.
Running fifth in each of the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) and Listed Cup Club Stakes (1200m) upon resuming this time, the Fastnet Rock gelding was unlucky to be blocked for a run in the final straight when seventh in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) but responded in the best way possible when saluting in the Listed Village Stakes (1200m) on October 14th.
Having run on for fourth in the Manikato Stakes last time, Damien Lane will return to the saddle of the five-year-old who is more than worth consideration at current Winterbottom Stakes odds.
Watermans Bay ran a close second in the 2014 edition of the Winterbottom Stakes and remains sole occupant of the third line of betting at a quote of $7.50 for success.
Posting a career total of ten wins and fourteen minors through 38 starts so far, the Eternity Range gelding progressed to success in the Group 3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) following last year’s Winterbottom; continuing to impress when second in the Listed Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m) following a brief freshen-up in February.
Placing fifth behind Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m), Watermans Bay failed to figure in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) but returned to the paddock after taking out the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) on April 4th.
Having received an ideal tune-up when second in the Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) first-up on November 3rd, Watermans Bay is a leading chance for a first three finishing in the Winterbottom Stakes.
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