See the 2020 Winterbottom Stakes Preview and Results.
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.
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.