The Winterbottom Stakes is a Group 1 event run over the 1200 metres at Ascot in Perth and attracts some of the country’s best sprinters every year.
This year is no exception with some quality horses making the trek west.
We’ve had a look at some of the best performances in Winterbottom Stakes history ahead of the $1 million classic.
The rags to riches story of Takeover Target was witnessed by most of the country at some stage as Joe Janiak took his mighty horse across Australia.
It was Perth’s turn to see the champ in 2008 and he didn’t disappoint, edging out crowd favourite Apache Cat in a memorable edition of the race.
The Winterbottom Stakes drew the popular front running Queenslander Buffering to Perth in 2013 in pursuit of another group 1 victory.
For the most part of his racing career he always seemed to find one better in the top grade but this was not the case in Perth!
He would return in 2015 in what would be his final Group 1 victory as he led from start to finish in a dominate display.
Before she headed overseas for a successful International career, Ortensia twice won the Winterbottom at Ascot.
The first in 2011 and the second two years later. She finished her career having won almost one and a half million dollars.
A very impressive performance gave 4-year-old Takedown his maiden Group 1 victory in last year’s Winterbottom Stakes.
It was a cracker field as he beat home Shiedel, Rock Magic, Mallaguerra and Terravista.
She was one of the best sprinters of the modern era and in 2005 she would show off her incredible speed in Perth and take out the Winterbottom.
In 2007 she headed to England for a successful campaign which included the Kings Stand Stakes.