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All-in Winterbottom Stakes 2017 betting on Perth’s premier sprint race is now out with Impending the early favourite to take out the December 2 classic at Ascot Racecourse.
The second elite level of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival 2017-18, this season’s Group 1 $1 million Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) attracted a bumper 53 nominations.
Heading the pre-field Winterbottom Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au and one of two nominees for Godolphin’s James Cummings is four-year-old Lonhro entire Impending ($4).
Chasing his maiden win since Brisbane’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) back in June, Impending has had two solid runs for two placings this spring.
The latest was just last Saturday down the famous Flemington straight in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) when a brave third behind The Everest champion Redzel.
The run was enough to see bookmakers elevate Impending to the top of the early Winterbottom Stakes markets for his possible trip over to WA, the Darley Classic producing Buffering (4th in 2015) for his second Winterbottom Stakes success two years ago.
Chetwood ($26) is the other Godolphin-raced Winterbottom Stakes nomination for 2017, the Exceed And Excel five-year-old not having raced since a second last at Newcastle in March.
He has trialled twice since including a runaway 12.5 length winning hitout over 900m at Canterbury on November 3 and is two-from-three first-up over his career.
Following Impending closely in the open futures Winterbottom Stakes betting odds are State Solicitor ($5), Viddora ($6) and Rock Magic ($7).
State Solicitor is the best fancied of the locals, the Nicconi five-year-old prepared by Grant Williams and former jockey turned trainer Alana Williams who rode the 2001 Winterbottom Stakes winner Fair Alert to victory.
A winner of three of his five Ascot starts and six of his nine 1200m assignments to date, State Solicitor was sixth to Takedown when only a length beaten in the Winterbottom Stakes results last summer.
He has won twice since including a lead-up 1100m victory on October 21 at the track with Perth’s prolific hoop and dual Winterbottom Stakes winning jockey William Pike in the saddle.
Four of the past six Winterbottom Stakes winners came off a lead-up victory, but none were in non-Black Type company.
Viddora is an Adelaide-trained mare from the Morphettville stables of Lloyd Kennewell, the in-form daughter of I Am Invincible well-supported for her trip to Perth.
She has had two Moonee Valley Group 1 runs this spring when runner-up to She Will Reign only a nostril flare beaten first-up in the Moir Stakes (1000m) and then just two lengths away fourth to Hey Doc in the Manikato Stakes.
Rock Magic meanwhile is Perth-trained veteran sprinter prepared by Chris Gangemi, the Redoute’s Choice eight-year-old looking to join Buffering (2015) as the only eight-year-old winners of the race in over 30 years.
Rock Magic was third in last year’s Winterbottom Stakes trifecta and returns to the Ascot track for the first time since a Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) win in May.
His final lead-up was in last Saturday’s Darley Classic when sixth as a $41 roughie, improvement expected back home in Perth.
Other notable Winterbottom Stakes nominations include last start Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Santa Ana Lane, Tony McEvoy’s Manikato Stakes winner Hey Doc and the Lindsay Park-trained mare Fuhryk.
See below for the full Winterbottom Stakes 2017 Nominations before locking in your early Perth summer racing tips online through Ladbrokes.com.au.
2017 Winterbottom Stakes Nominations
Ascot Racecourse – 02/12/2017
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x63394x253||BALL OF MUSCLE||G||7||Joseph Pride||58.5kg||–|
|2||71152x753x||BOURNE SUPREMACY||G||6||Chris Gangemi||58.5kg||84|
|3||68x316164x||CALABRIA JOE||G||6||Cliff Green||58.5kg||75|
|4||1x1069611x||CALANDA||G||4||Peter & Paul Snowden||58.5kg||–|
|7||23x4223x0x||DREAM LIFTER||G||8||Paul Hunter||58.5kg||97|
|9||x2504x527x||EL DIVINO||H||4||Darren Weir||58.5kg||–|
|10||6x79770x31||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||G||7||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||58.5kg||–|
|11||743x1024x7||FIRST AMONG EQUALS||G||6||Darren Weir||58.5kg||–|
|14||31196x140x||HEY DOC||G||4||Tony McEvoy||58.5kg||–|
|15||12x50020x2||ILLUSTRIOUS LAD||G||6||Peter Gelagotis||58.5kg||–|
|17||x21213416x||IT’S IT||G||6||Sharon Miller||58.5kg||96|
|18||1478×04551||KEEN ARRAY||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||58.5kg||–|
|22||0x2125x643||MALIBU STYLE||G||6||Neville Parnham||58.5kg||–|
|23||x15233112x||PROFIT STREET||G||6||Peter & Matthew Giadresco||58.5kg||95|
|25||x371048x13||REBEL KING||G||6||Darren Mcauliffe||58.5kg||92|
|26||31215221×6||RED PADDY (NZ)||G||6||Simon A Miller||58.5kg||–|
|27||x21x105x10||REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB)||G||7||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||58.5kg||–|
|28||23x4011x43||ROCK MAGIC||G||8||Chris Gangemi||58.5kg||–|
|30||49155x341x||SANTA ANA LANE||H||5||Anthony Freedman||58.5kg||–|
|31||11x116x61x||STATE SOLICITOR||G||5||Grant & Alana Williams||58.5kg||88|
|32||x11113812x||TACTICAL ADVANTAGE||G||4||Joseph Pride||58.5kg||–|
|34||8×03122344||THE MONSTAR||G||7||Brett Cavanough||58.5kg||–|
|35||9x146x00x9||THE QUARTERBACK||G||7||Robbie Griffiths||58.5kg||–|
|36||x58042x33x||THE RIVER||G||4||Trevor Andrews||58.5kg||74|
|37||15x125x121||TO EXCESS||G||4||Tracey Bartley||58.5kg||–|
|39||9171x1x112||VEGA MAGIC||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||58.5kg||–|
|40||0x257x145x||VOODOO LAD||G||6||Darren Weir||58.5kg||–|
|41||2512x116x4||CAIPIRINHA||M||4||Simon A Miller||56.5kg||82|
|42||7218x6x031||COOL PASSION||M||6||Tony McEvoy||56.5kg||–|
|43||1x34212x1x||DAINTY TESS||M||4||Daniel Morton||56.5kg||90|
|45||410x21x78x||FUHRYK||M||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||56.5kg||–|
|46||24×1521611||METEOROID||M||6||Simon A Miller||56.5kg||96|
|47||30x10210x4||MISS GUNPOWDER||M||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||56.5kg||–|
|48||2x1460x435||SHEIDEL||M||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||56.5kg||–|
|49||x143x180x1||SUPER CASH||M||5||Andrew Noblet||56.5kg||–|
|50||10x4810x9x||SWEET SHERRY||M||4||Brent Stanley||56.5kg||–|
|52||1x27306x53||WHISPERING BROOK||M||4||Simon A Miller||56.5kg||87|
|53||12×11||OCEAN JEWEL||F||3||Simon A Miller||52.5kg||–|
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