2019 Winterbottom Stakes Day Preview

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Race 1 - 12:24pm

RTG 78+ Handicap (1500m)

Western Temple has some pretty handy form with three thirds and a win from his last four starts at Ascot and Belmont and will get a nice run from the inside gate with William Pike in charge of the reins. Abdicator is a last start Ascot winner over 1400m but is up 2kg in the weights. Superior Smile is fitter for one run back from a spell and Cockney Crew is dropping back in distance and has had a freshen up since winning over 1800m at Ascot six weeks ago.

2 Units Western Temple

Race 2 - 1:04pm

3yo Plate (1000m)

Downforce is the winner of his last two starts over this course and distance and is the one to beat again. Snippy Miss is resuming and has won a Lark Hill barrier trial in preparation for her return. Time To Sizzle was runner up at her only two starts during her two year old season and has won two recent Lark Hill barrier trials in preparation for her first run as a three year old and Mia Dolce has the blinkers off.   

3 Units Downforce

Race 3 - 1:44pm

RTG 72+ Handicap (1100m)

Rebel Knight is fitter for one run back from a spell for a second over 1000m at Ascot and has William Pike sticking with him. Fire And Rain is resuming after a lengthy break but is a winner first up in the past and is a winner over this course and distance. Plutocracy is having his first run back since winning over the 1100m Ascot course in April and has a handy first up record and Undisclosed is trying her luck again at the 1100m coming off a last start win over 1000m at Ascot.

2 Units Rebel Knight

Race 4 - 2:24pm

RTG 66+ (1800m)

British Bessy is dropping back from a win over 2150m at Ascot to the 1800m and has William Pike in the saddle to compensate for a wide barrier. Royal Command is a two times winner over this course and distance and is in winning form with a last start win over 1400m at Ascot but still has plenty of weight to carry even with apprentice Chris Graham’s claim. Locomotive is a last start winner over the Ascot 1800m course and Sophie’s Song hasn’t been far off the mark of late with two placings from her last two starts.   

2 Units British Bessy

Race 5 - 2:59pm

Tattersall’s Cup (2100m)

Forceful has solid form with two seconds and a win from his last three starts and will get every chance to find the winner’s stall again after drawing the inside gate. Missile Launch has also been racing consistently with two placings and a win from his three most recent starts and should be thereabouts again. Taxagano is up 2.5kg after winning the Ascot Gold Cup over 1800m and Friar Fox made up some ground from the back to finish fourth behind Taxagano.

2 Units Forceful

Race 6 - 3:35pm

Platinum Series Final (1400m)

Not To Be Mist, Lacevinsky and Dickoletto are set to line up again against each other after finishing first, second and third in a 1400m 0MW Handicap at Ascot a fortnight ago. Dickoletto has drawn in close and is certain to get a nice run from gate three and gets his chance to turn the tables on the other two. Sir Mambo’s overall form is very sound and he could figure in proceedings as well.    

2 Units Dickoletto

Race 7 - 4:10pm

Country Championship Final (1200m)

Mr Genoa has won his last three starts at Kalgoorlie in the lead up to the Country Championship Final and will be hard to beat again from the inside gate. M’Lady also has winning form with three victories at Geraldton on her way to Perth and looks likely to be in the mix again. Wild Fusion and Magic Opus ran the quinella at Albany at their latest starts.

4 Units Me Genoa

Race 8 - 4:50pm

Winterbottom Stakes (1200m)

Trekking has the form on the board and has a great chance to notch up another Group 1 win in the Winterbottom Stakes. The James Cummings trained Trekking was the winner of the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap during the 2019 Brisbane Winter Carnival and returned from a spell for a second up win in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield in mid October before running third in The Everest at Randwick the following week. The five year old has drawn in close at gate four and has Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle again. Hey Doc was gallant at his first run back when third in the Group 3 Heffernan Stakes at Sandown and will be improved with that run under his belt. Vital Silver is a good chance for the locals and is coming off a last start second in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at The Valley and the only three year old in the race, Dubious, has always shown plenty of potential and has Melbourne Cup winning jockey Craig Williams in the saddle.  

3 Units Trekking

Race 9 - 5:30pm

1MW Handicap (1200m)

Heart Of Coeur scored his third win over this course and distance at his latest outing and has a great chance to secure back to back wins. Megazone is dropping back to the 1200m after running second over 1400m at Ascot and is likely to be in the mix again. Supreme Force is a last start winner over the Ascot 1200m course but has to overcome a wide gate and Dance Cockey is up in grade after breaking through for his initial win in a 1200m Ascot Class 1.

2 Units Heart Of Coeur

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