2019 Winterbottom Stakes Betting Update: Trekking Firms Drawing Barrier 4

November 27, 2019

2019 Winterbottom Stakes Betting Update: Trekking Firms Drawing Barrier 4

The Godolphin-raced Trekking has firmed in the latest Winterbottom Stakes 2019 markets dominating betting on the million-dollar Perth sprint after coming up trumps with barrier four.

Trekking. Photo: Steve Hart.

2019 Winterbottom Stakes favourite Trekking has come up trumps with barrier four for Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Saturday’s Group 1 $1 million Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) field features 15 hopeful sprinters facing off at Ascot including the punters’ pick, James Cummings’ star Street Cry gelding Trekking.

The five-year-old drew gate four in Tuesday evening’s Winterbottom Stakes barrier draw for the weight-for-age showdown making the job of jockey Kerrin McEvoy easier in WA on the weekend.

The ideal barrier saw the Winterbottom Stakes odds at Trekking firm from $3 into $2.80 at Ladbrokes.com.au, the Stradbroke Handicap champ coming off a third and second respectively in Sydney’s $14 million The Everest and $1 million Redzel Stakes.

Last year Damien Oliver rode the ill-fated Voodoo Lad to victory in the Winterbottom Stakes from barrier 13 of 14, the champion hoop returning on Saturday chasing successive wins aboard another of the two Godolphin runners Viridine ($15).

Viridine drew a midfield barrier seven gate for Oliver who also rode the 2006 champion Marasco to victory for local horseman Fred Kersley when the Winterbottom only held Group 2 status.

Joining Trekking and Viridine for the stable in the Winterbottom Stakes field this summer is Home Of The Brave ($15) who drew the extreme outside barrier (15 of 15) for jockey Damian Lane.

The best fancied of the local Perth runners in the race, Simon Miller’s flying Artie Schiller mare Flirtini drew wide in barrier 12 but remains the $7 second favourite in betting.

The classy four-year-old comes off back-to-back Group 3 wins at the track having completed the Prince of Wales – Colonel Reeves Stakes double in November, form she’s out to frank in the Group 1 on Saturday.

Flirtini is followed closely in the markets at $7.50 by the gun grey Vital Silver for Karnup-based trainers Daniel & Ben Pearce.

The Wanted six-year-old is the Ascot track specialist having won all three of his starts on the course ahead of the race, Vital Silver last seen running second behind Loving Gaby at The Valley in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) a month back.

Ben Melham rode the Roma Cup winner for that big effort as a $31 outsider on Cox Plate eve and retains the ride back in Perth this weekend drawn in gate six.

Easing in Winterbottom Stakes betting now out to $9 is Tony & Calvin McEvoy’s comeback galloper Hey Doc after the Duporth gelding drew out in barrier 14.

Winner of the 2017 Manikato Stakes, Hey Doc spent over a year on the sidelines before returning at Sandown on November 16 for an eye-catching third only a quarter-length beaten in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m).

Co-trainer Tony McEvoy believes Hey Doc presents fitter second-up and was pleased with the horse’s work at Ascot on Tuesday.

“He was a bit of a tourist,” McEvoy told the Herald Sun.

“He was out wide on the course proper and he floated a bit. But he really enjoyed it.

“He pulled up beautifully and did enough. He’s pretty seasoned now. He’s enjoying being at Neville Parnham’s with a beautiful big box.

“Everything has worked in his favour…He’s where I want him to be.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for the Perth horses and playing at home is a big advantage but he’s won twice at the elite level. That’s going to take him a long way.”

Click here for the latest Winterbottom Stakes 2019 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 41131×8132 TREKKING James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 4 58.5kg
2 0x03820x7x MALAGUERRA Vaughn Sigley Troy Turner 13 58.5kg
3 401x7x58x3 HEY DOC Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 14 58.5kg
4 451x153x49 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Jarrad Noske 1 58.5kg
5 4x70x52472 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) James Cummings Damian Lane 15 58.5kg
6 419x395x60 DURENDAL Chris Gangemi Brad Parnham 3 58.5kg 104
7 04146×0401 VIRIDINE James Cummings Damien Oliver 7 58.5kg
8 455x1161x4 VALOUR ROAD Simon A Miller Chris Parnham 9 58.5kg 96
9 042163x10x ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Tony Pike Leith Innes 2 58.5kg
10 1213x13x42 VITAL SILVER Daniel & Ben Pearce Ben Melham 6 58.5kg
11 3x226x530x SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Steven Parnham 11 58.5kg
12 3611212236 STAGEMAN Adam Durrant William Pike 10 58.5kg 95
13 3x1129x311 FLIRTINI Simon A Miller Paul Harvey 12 56.5kg 83
14 3212117×25 MISTY METAL Robert & Todd Harvey Shaun McGruddy 8 56.5kg 99
15 123015×426 DUBIOUS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 5 53.5kg

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