Ladbrokes Tip: Last start winners have dominated the Winterbottom Stakes in recent years
The Winterbottom Stakes is one of the three Group 1 Perth Summer Racing Carnival features run at Ascot Racecourse annually, and one of two held on Railway Stakes Day on a Saturday in late November.
Contested over 1200m the sprint feature is run at weight-for-age on the same day as the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m), both elite level events offering $1 million in prize money.
Horses come into the race via a host of different lead-up races, but the previous month’s Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) and also the Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) earlier in November have been good guides to the Group 1 in recent years.
The Colonel Reeves Stakes – Winterbottom Stakes double was most recently achieved by Barakey (2012).
The next edition of the Railway Stakes is due to run on Saturday 26th November.
Winterbottom Stakes Field
2016 Winterbottom Stakes Field
|1||x173x296x2||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Hugh 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|
The Winterbottom Stakes field attracts a line-up of the spring / summer’s best Perth sprinters. Interstate talent often also makes the line-up and Robert Heathcote’s Brisbane-trained, internationally-performed champion Buffering has won the Winterbottom Stakes twice in 2013 and 2015.
The race has a capacity of 16 starters and the Winterbottom Stakes field was last run at capacity in 2005 when Miss Andretti won from barrier 13. Winterbottom Stakes nominations close a month before the race in late October before the final field and barriers are released on the Monday before the event takes place on the Saturday.
Winterbottom Stakes Odds & Betting
All-in futures Winterbottom Stakes betting on the likely line-up opens the month before the race soon after nominations close. The markets firm once the Winterbottom Stakes field and barriers are confirmed the week of the race.
Last-start winners won four of the five editions of the race from 2011 – 2015, so sprinters coming off a lead-up win often dominate the Winterbottom Stakes odds.
Horses that performed well in events such as the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington if they are travelling across the country or the Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes locally are well-fancied in the Group 1 markets for the Winterbottom. Favourites have a gun Winterbottom Stakes record with six saluting for the punters in the 10 years from 2006 – 2015.
Winterbottom Stakes Tips
Good Winterbottom Stakes tips include looking for sprinters proven over the distance and coming off a lead-up win in a race like the Colonel Reeves Stakes at the track earlier in the carnival.
Favourites have an outstanding strike rate in the race over the past 20 years, so sticking with the bookies’ pick is another historically successful tip.
Winterbottom Stakes Form Guide
The Winterbottom Stakes form guide details all the must know facts for punters including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of all the horses in the field.
Looking over the historical data, horses drawn in double digits have a poor record in the race with the only Winterbottom Stakes winner since Miss Andretti (13 of 16 in 2005) to win from wider than nine being Magnifisio (10 of 12) in 2014.
While locally-trained runners have a good record against any visitors, interstate horses and jockeys have plenty of recent wins including Paul Messara’s mare Ortensia (2009 and 2011) and Buffering (2013 and 2015).
Winterbottom Stakes Results
While favourites have dominated the recent Winterbottom Stakes results the biggest upset of the past decade was Hadabeclorka ($40 in 2010).
Along with dual champions Ortensia (2009 and 2011) and Buffering (2013 and 2015) other notable Winterbottom Stakes winners include Takeover Target (2008), Miss Andretti (2005) and the last back-to-back winner Hardrada (2002-03).
Winterbottom Stakes Winners
|2015||Buffering||Watermans Bay||Fast ‘N’ Rocking||1:08.1|
|2014||Magnifisio||Watermans Bay||Shining Knight||1:10.2|
|2013||Buffering||Moment Of Change||Watermans Bay||1:10.3|
|2012||Barakey||Power Princess||Spirit of Boom||1:10.1|
|2010||Hadabeclorka||King Kool Kat||Whitefriars||1:08.7|
|2009||Ortensia||Idyllic Prince||Black In Time||1:08.5|
|2008||Takeover Target||Apache Cat||Marasco||1:09.1|
|2007||Glory Hunter||Charlie Beau||Dark Target||1:10.4|
|2006||Marasco||Grasspatch Girl||Electric General||1:10.0|
|2005||Miss Andretti||Avenida Madero||Rescuer||1:09.7|
|2003||Hardrada||Irish Pride||Golden Delicious||1:11.3|
|2001||Fair Alert||Old Fashion||Corporate Bruce||1:11.5|
|2000||Noble Sky||Star System||Victory Trump||1:10.6|