Confirmed 2017 Winterbottom Stakes Field Features 13

November 27, 2017

Confirmed 2017 Winterbottom Stakes Field Features 13

A line-up of 13 summer sprinters has been announced for this Saturday’s Winterbottom Stakes 2017 field in W.A. at Ascot Racecourse.

Viddora

Adelaide-trained mare Viddora is one of the eastern state raiders in the 13 horse Winterbottom Stakes 2017 field on Saturday in Perth. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

The Perth Summer Racing Carnival action continues with the Group 1 $1 million Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), a final field of 13 confirmed by Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) on Monday.

Leading the updated Winterbottom Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au on the million dollar sprint is the local Grant & Alana Williams-trained State Solicitor ($3).

The Perth horses held off the eastern state charge in the Railway Stakes results last Saturday thanks to a brave all-the-way effort from Great Shot and the bookies are tipping that to continue in the Winterbottom.

Nicconi five-year-old State Solicitor has a smart four-from-six record at the Ascot track and is a six-time winner from nine runs over the 1200m.

He has won his three latest starts going back to late May, most recently finishing first on November 18 in the Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) that last produced a Winterbottom Stakes winner in 2012 when Barakey did the double.

William Pike retains the ride on the Winterbottom Stakes favourite on Saturday chasing a third win in the feature after previous victories aboard Ellicorsam (2004) and Hadabeclorka (2010).

Jockey William Pike chases a third Winterbottom Stakes success riding Saturday’s favourite State Solicitor

Following closely in the post-field Winterbottom Stakes betting markets this summer are the classy Lloyd Kennewell-trained mare from Adelaide Viddora ($4) and Chris Gangemi’s local veteran Rock Magic ($6).

Viddora has her regular rider Joe Bowditch travelling west for the Group 1 ride this weekend on the back of successive Moonee Valley runs in the spring.

The five-year-old daughter of I Am Invincible was beaten the barest of margins first-up by She Will Reign in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) before crossing two lengths back fourth to Hey Doc in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m).

She’s yet to win over further than 1100m, but the bookies are taking no chances for her Perth debut on the weekend.

Rock Magic meanwhile is out to join Buffering (2015) as the only eight-year-old Winterbottom Stakes winners in over 30 years.

The son of Redoute’s Choice hasn’t won since defeating Scales Of Justice in the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) back in early June and has been a blowout odds in Melbourne this campaign.

He ran seventh in the Manikato Stakes at The Valley before being outclassed when a midfield sixth to Redzel in Flemington’s Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival

A return home should give Rock Magic the chance to return to his best against an easier field of rivals in the Winterbottom Stakes, which he placed third in under a length beaten last season.

Along with Viddora, the other best fancied interstate raider in the mix this year is the Anthony Freedman-trained Santa Ana Lane ($7.50).

The Lope De Vega entire hasn’t raced since a win at Caulfield on October 1 as a 52kg lightweight in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).

After a freshen-up the 1200m on Saturday shouldn’t be too sharp for Santa Ana Lane who still needs to rise to 58.5kg under the weight-for-age conditions of the Winterbottom.

Other key chances include Lindsay Park’s four-year-old Star Witness mare Fuhryk looking to return to her best sprint form and War Chant mare Dainty Tess coming off a close fifth under a length beaten in the Colonel Reeves.

See below for the full Winterbottom Stakes 2017 field and jockeys, the official barriers out on Tuesday night (AEDT) with markets also now open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Winterbottom Stakes Final Field

Ascot Racecourse – 02/12/2017

No. Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x4011x4376 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Jarrad Noske TBD 58.5kg 108
2 49155x341x SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Dean Yendall TBD 58.5kg 106
3 226x438x53 DURENDAL Chris Gangemi Shaun McGruddy TBD 58.5kg 98
4 3x4223x0x3 DREAM LIFTER Paul Hunter Mitchell Pateman TBD 58.5kg 97
5 2125×64370 MALIBU STYLE Neville Parnham Steven Parnham TBD 58.5kg 96
6 58042x33x1 THE RIVER Trevor Andrews TBA TBD 58.5kg 78
7 5233112×24 PROFIT STREET Peter & Matthew Giadresco Brad Parnham TBD 58.5kg 97
8 x116x61x11 STATE SOLICITOR Grant & Alana Williams William Pike TBD 58.5kg 98
9 7622212×24 VIDDORA Lloyd Kennewell Joe Bowditch TBD 56.5kg 104
10 7306×53736 WHISPERING BROOK Simon A Miller Jason Brown TBD 56.5kg 88
11 1x34212x15 DAINTY TESS Daniel Morton Chris Parnham TBD 56.5kg 96
12 0x21x78x19 FUHRYK David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damien Oliver TBD 56.5kg 96
13 2x116x4372 CAIPIRINHA Simon A Miller Joseph Azzopardi TBD 56.5kg 87

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