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 or early December.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO & Up WFA
- Distance: 1,200 metres
- Track: Ascot Racecourse, Perth, Western Australia
- Date: Saturday, 28 November 2020
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.
2018 Winterbottom Stakes Final Field & Odds
See below for all the latest Winterbottom Stakes odds plus final field.
2018 Winterbottom Stakes Preview & Tips
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There are 15 runners for the $1,000,000 2018 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes. The early favourite is 2017 winner Viddora who followed a strong win in the Moir Stakes with a disappointing 10th in The Everest but has won a trial since. Second favourite is Enticing Star who won 8 races in a row before 6th in the Lee Steere Stakes where she was in season and lacked her usual dash. Third in the market is Malaguerra who resumed for 10th in the Darley Classic then 12th in the Manikato Stakes.
Voodoo Lad came 8th in the Manikato and is having his first run here. I’ll Have A Bit has been a close 3rd in Listed races at her last two starts. Runson has 2 wins from 4 races this campaign. Malibu Style won the Listed Doveton Stakes last start. Dainty Tess has won 10 races on this track. All other runners are currently 16 to 1 or longer, including Durendal who won the Colonel Reeves Stakes last start.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|13 Enticing Star
|12 I’ll Have A Bit
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.
||Moment Of Change
||Spirit Of Boom
||King Kool Kat
||Black In Time
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.