The Winterbottom Stakes is the major sprint event of the Perth summer racing carnival. It is a weight-for-age 1200 metre race for horses three-years-old and up, and is held by the Western Australia Turf Club at Ascot in November.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO & Up WFA
- Distance: 1,200 metres
- Track: Ascot Racecourse, Perth, Western Australia
- Date: Saturday, 2 December 2017
The Winterbottom Stakes began as a principal race over 7 furlongs. It was first held in 1952, and was won by Raconteur. In 1973 the distance was converted to 1400 metres, and in 1979 the race was granted Group 2 status. The distance was reduced to 1200 metres in 1993, and in 2003 the race was run at Belmont Park instead of Ascot. In 2011 it became a Group 1 race.
2017 Winterbottom Stakes Final Field & Odds
See below for all the latest Winterbottom Stakes odds plus final field.
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2017 Winterbottom Stakes Preview & Tips
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There are 13 runners for the $1,000,000 2017 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes. The early favourite is State Solicitor who has 9 wins from 12 starts and won the G3 Colonel Reeves Stakes last start. Second favourite is Adelaide mare Viddora who ran 4th in the Manikato Stakes last outing. Third in the market is Rock Magic who ran 3rd in this race last year and has a good record at this track.
Santa Ana Lane won the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at his last outing. Fuhryk has won 6 of her 13 starts, with 5 wins over this distance. Dainty Tess has 7 wins at this track and always runs well. Whispering Brook hasn’t won for a while but could run a place. Caipirinha ran a close 2nd in the Colonel Reeves Stakes. All other runners are currently 20 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|8 State Solicitor|
|1 Rock Magic|
Past Winners Of Winterbottom Stakes
Five horses have managed to win this race on more than one occasion. Buffering won in 2013 and 2015, Hardrada won in 2002 and 2003, Belinda’s Star won in 1975 and 1976, La Trice won in 1970 and 1971 and Asteroid won in 1953 and 1955. The winner of the first Winterbottom Stakes in 1952, Raconteur, sired the 1972 winner Acello. The 1982 winner Fimiston sired 2001 winner Fair Alert and 2004 winner Ellicorsam.
|2014||Magnifisio||Watermans Bay||Shining Knight|
|2013||Buffering||Moment Of Change||Watermans Bay|
|2012||Barakey||Power Princess||Spirit Of Boom|
|2010||Hadabeclorka||King Kool Kat||Whitefriars|
|2009||Ortensia||Idyllic Prince||Black In Time|
|2008||Takeover Target||Apache Cat||Marasco|
|2007||Glory Hunter||Charlie Beau||Dark Target|
|2006||Marasco||Grasspatch Girl||Electric General|
|2005||Miss Andretti||Avenida Madero||Rescuer|
|2003||Hardrada||Irish Pride||Golden Delicious|
|2001||Fair Alert||Old Fashion||Corporate Bruce|
|2000||Noble Sky||Star System||Victory Trump|
This race is now run one week after the Group 1 Railway Stakes and the WA Guineas which are both over 1600 metres. In previous years the Railway Stakes was run 2 weeks before and in 2009 Ortensia finished sixth in the Railway Stakes a fortnight before her fast-finishing Winterbottom Stakes win.
Major lead-up races are the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes over 1400 metres held 2 weeks before, the Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes over 1100m held on Melbourne Cup day about 2½ weeks before, and the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes over 1200 metres about 4 weeks before. In 1991 M’Lady’s Jewel won the Prince of Wales Stakes, Reeves Stakes, Lee Steere Stakes, Railway Stakes and Winterbottom Stakes.