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There have been a number of market movers in the 2010 Winterbottom Stakes odds over the past 12 hours, but Whitefriars and Waratah’s Secret remain the firm favourites to win tomorrow’s showdown at Ascot Racecourse.
Rick Worthington’s Sydney galloper Whitefriars is still at the top of the betting markets for the $750,000 Group 2 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), the Salinger Stakes winner paying $4.60 through Luxbet.
Close second favourite who has stuck firm at $5 is the David Harrison-trained Waratah’s Secret, likely to shorten in the odds as punters see their brilliant Ascot form and ability to handle the weight.
Big money bets have begun to roll in for one of the longest-priced roughies in the field with #4 Elliotto shortening in from $51 – $41.
The Races.com.au yesterday tipped the Neville Parnham-trained Elliotto as the best outsider to add into your Winterbottom Stakes exotics after the six-year-old ran second in the Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m) here last start carrying 58kg.
King Kool Kat, Dante’s Volonte and Grand Jardin have also shortened in the odds through Luxbet.
In-form seven-year-old King Kool Kat is in from $14 to $13, set to improve second-up on Saturday after running third in the Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) here a fortnight back.
Resuming after a 12 week spell in the Winterbottom is Dante’s Volonte, and the seven-year-old has had some love from the punters firming in from $41 to $31.
There’s been a tickle for first emergency Grand Jardin, firming in from $19 to $17 as True Persuasion is likely to be scratched from the field giving the Redoute’s Choice five-year-old a start and brining them into contention as Grand Jardin comes off back-to-back sprint wins at Ascot.
Two horses have also drifted in the Winterbottom Stakes betting since odds opened yesterday.
Last year’s Winterbottom Stakes runner-up Idyllic Prince is out from $12 to $13, punters concerned over the eight-year-olds’ wide barrier 14 draw.
However, having performed at their best this season with a second in the Prince of Wales Stakes (1200m) and an eye-catching fourth in the Lee Steere Stakes (1400m), and a strong record with 58.5kg or more on their back, Idyllic Prince represents great value when included in the exotics.
The other horse that has drifted in the odds is Kasabian, now at $26 after opening at $21.
The Darren McAuliffe-trained Choisir five-year-old is resuming racing on Saturday after a lengthy spell of over a year making them a big risk despite their incredible string of seven straight wins in Perth last year.
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