The Group 1 2016 Winterbottom Stakes is an exciting 1200m sprint held in late November annually at the scenic Ascot Racecourse in Perth. Run under weight-for-age conditions, the contenders aged three-years-old and up compete for the lucrative prize purse of $1 million. The event is conducted on day two of the major three-day summer racing carnival in Western Australia, which also features the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) the weekend before and the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) the following Saturday.
As the premier sprint event in Perth, entries are generally handy local sprinters and the Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1200m) at the same track and distance a fortnight earlier is a key lead-up.
With the race growing in prize money and prestige, interstate raiders are more commonly making the trip over to WA to take on the locals in the Winterbottom Stakes field.
Runners that do well in the Winterbottom Stakes may compete in the most prestigious weight-for-age event at the carnival, the Kingston Town Classic the following week. Horses, however, not quite up to the standard needed for the Kingston Town may continue on to contend other weight-for-age events in Perth including the Group 3 AJ Sachill Stakes (1400m) a fortnight later.
|Date:||November 26, 2016|
2016 Winterbottom Stakes Results
See below for the full Winterbottom Stakes 2016 Results – following the link for a full race rundown – where Sydney raider Takedown defeated former Perth-trained mare Sheidel, while the local Rock Magic finished off the trifecta.
|1||3||TAKEDOWN||Gary Moore||Tim Clark||–||8||58.5kg||$9|
|2||11||SHEIDEL||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||0.25L||6||56.5kg||$8.50|
|3||4||ROCK MAGIC||Chris Gangemi||Jarrad Noske||0.75L||3||58.5kg||$13|
|4||6||FIRST AMONG EQUALS||Simon A Miller||Brad Parnham||1L||9||58.5kg||$18|
|5||2||MALAGUERRA||Peter Gelagotis||Ben Melham||1L||1||58.5kg||$3.80|
|6||10||STATE SOLICITOR||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||1L||11||58.5kg||$7|
|7||8||VEGA MAGIC||Sean Casey||Jake Casey (a)||1.5L||2||58.5kg||$12|
|8||5||KEEN ARRAY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Chris Parnham||2.75L||4||58.5kg||$31|
|9||9||REGAL COMMANDER||G Durrant & J Miller||Peter Hall||5.5L||7||58.5kg||$101|
|10||1||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||J H Bowman||8.25L||5||58.5kg||$3.50|
|11||7||BATTLE HERO||Grant & Alana Williams||Glenn Smith||14.75L||10||58.5kg||$81|
|12||12||MILITARY REIGN||Darren Mcauliffe||Corey Brown||15L||12||56.5kg||$81|
Winterbottom Stakes Betting Odds
The latest Winterbottom Stakes odds will be listed below on the sprinters facing off in the field each summer.
2016 Winterbottom Stakes Field
The Winterbottom Stakes field features some of the top horses out of Western Australia. It’s not unusual for some particularly talented horses to make the journey from the eastern seaboard to enter the Winterbottom Stakes field each summer.
The 2016 Winterbottom Stakes field was released by Perth Racing on Monday, November 21 and features a dozen sprinters led by Darley Classic winners Malaguerra (2016) and Terravista (2014).
See below for the official 2016 Winterbottom Stakes Field & Barrier Draw.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||x173x296x2||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||J H Bowman||5||58.5kg|
|2||1x11619x21||MALAGUERRA||Peter Gelagotis||Ben Melham||1||58.5kg|
|3||43120×1125||TAKEDOWN||Gary Moore||Tim Clark||8||58.5kg|
|4||x63x322112||ROCK MAGIC||Chris Gangemi||Jarrad Noske||3||58.5kg|
|5||x083x21147||KEEN ARRAY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Chris Parnham||4||58.5kg|
|6||2513×11207||FIRST AMONG EQUALS||Simon A Miller||Brad Parnham||9||58.5kg|
|7||x422120x30||BATTLE HERO||Grant & Alana Williams||Glenn Smith||10||58.5kg|
|8||1x21111x91||VEGA MAGIC||Sean Casey||Jake Casey (a)||2||58.5kg|
|9||1x15113x46||REGAL COMMANDER||G Durrant & J Miller||Peter Hall||7||58.5kg|
|10||4x1111x11||STATE SOLICITOR||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||11||58.5kg|
|11||4127×42115||SHEIDEL||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||6||56.5kg|
|12||12311221×8||MILITARY REIGN||Darren Mcauliffe||Corey Brown||12||56.5kg|
2016 Winterbottom Stakes Nominations
Winterbottom Stakes nominations usually feature a fairly talented range of horses from stables right across the country including more and more visitors from the eastern states.
The original 2016 Winterbottom Stakes nominations features 57 early entries. The latest round of scratchings has revealed the below 13 hopeful sprinters.
|2||REGAL COMMANDER||58.5kg||84||TBA||G Durrant & Jason Miller|
|3||SILVERSTREAM||56.5kg||82||TBA||Grant & Alana Williams|
|4||BATTLE HERO||58.5kg||100||TBA||Grant & Alana Williams|
|5||SHEIDEL||56.5kg||98||Damien Oliver||David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|6||FIRST AMONG EQUALS||58.5kg||102||Brad Parnham||Simon A. Miller|
|7||STATE SOLICITOR||58.5kg||76||TBA||Grant & Alana Williams|
|8||ROCK MAGIC||58.5kg||103||Jarrad Noske||Chris Gangemi|
|9||MILITARY REIGN||56.5kg||95||Corey Brown||Darren McAuliffe|
|10||VEGA MAGIC||58.5kg||91||TBA||Sean Casey|
|11||KEEN ARRAY||58.5kg||–||Chris Parnham||David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|12||TERRAVISTA||58.5kg||–||Hugh Bowman||Joesph Pride|
|13||MALAGUERRA||58.5kg||–||Ben Melham||Peter Gelagotis|
Winterbottom Stakes History
The Winterbottom Stakes began as a principal race run over seven furlongs and was first run in 1952 when Raconteur claimed victory. In 1973 the race distance was converted to 1400m and the event gained Group 2 status in 1979. The length was decreased to its current 1200m sprint distance in 1993.
A number of high quality horses have claimed victory in the Winterbottom Stakes including Takeover Target (2008), Miss Andretti (2005) and Ellicorsam (2004) who holds the current race record of 1:08.6.
Since 2011 the Winterbottom Stakes has run as a Group 1 feature, having achieved elite level status.
Winterbottom Stakes results since 2000 can be found below.
Winterbottom Stakes Results
|1st||Takedown||1 minute 10.27 seconds|
|1st||Buffering||1 minute 8.1 seconds|
|3rd||Fast ‘N’ Rocking|
|1st||Magnifisio||1 minute 10.3 seconds|
|1st||Buffering||1 minute 10.3 seconds|
|2nd||Moment Of Change|
|1st||Barakey||1 minute 9.6 seconds|
|3rd||Spirit Of Boom|
|1st||Ortensia||1 minute 10.1 seconds|
|1st||Hadabeclorka||1 minute 8.7 seconds|
|2nd||King Cool Cat|
|1st||Ortensia||1 minute 8.56 seconds|
|3rd||Black In Time|
|1st||Takeover Target||1 minute 9.1 seconds|
|1st||Glory Hunter||1 minute 10.4 seconds|
|1st||Marasco||1 minute 10 seconds|
|1st||Miss Andretti||1 minute 9.7 seconds|
|1st||Ellicorsam||1 minute 8.6 seconds|
|1st||Hardrada||1 minute 11.3 seconds|
|1st||Hardrada||1 minute 8.7 seconds|
|1st||Fair Alert||1 minute 11.5 seconds|
|1st||Noble Sky||1 minute 10.6 seconds|